Category Archives: Encouragement

Is My Child Learning Enough?

Every homeschool parent occasionally wonders if their children are learning everything they need to know. Since a literature-based learning approach doesn't use traditional testing, it can be even harder to objectively assess what your children are learning.  If you are feeling … Continue reading

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Stories from New Homeschoolers: The Life Lessons We've Learned

In the Sonlight Connections group (membership for anyone with a free account on sonlight.com) and the Teacher Connection group (membership offered to qualified new Sonlighters), we asked brand new, unexpected homeschoolers about their biggest takeaway now that they have a few months of homeschooling … Continue reading

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Enjoy Your Life More: Add One Good Habit

A recent study showed that Americans spend eight minutes a day looking for their keys. Sound familiar? If that’s you, it could be easy to berate yourself for that reality. When we think of habits, we tend to think of … Continue reading

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Comfort for Christmas from a Classic Hymn

I am a lover of all sorts of music (old and new, different styles), but I especially enjoy listening to tried and true musical arrangements, and researching the stories behind them. One of my favorite Christmas songs is I Heard … Continue reading

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St. Nicholas, Christmas, and Reasons to Teach Church History

What does church history have to do with Christmas? Well, for one, it tells us that Santa Claus did not originate as a way for Macy’s to sell more jewelry in December. Though the historical record is sketchy, we think … Continue reading

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How Not to Stress out this Christmas

I'd love to help alleviate some of your Christmas stress. Let me share a story so you know where I am coming from. I started homeschooling my seventh grade son at Thanksgiving after pulling him out of an unsafe public … Continue reading

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How to Limit an Influx of Toys at the Holidays

With Christmas looming and many people already thinking about gifts and New Year's resolutions regarding organization, my thoughts are on limiting toys. In response to my post Tools Not Toys , a mom asked me this excellent question: "This is fantastic … Continue reading

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