Category Archives: Grade Levels

Grade level posts, including elementary, high school, etc.

A 4-Part Checklist for Your Play-Based Learning Toolbox

The other day, my five youngest children raided the chest of dress-up clothes, focusing on vests and flat woolen hats. Then they grabbed their tall farm boots, packed a small tea set in an old suitcase, and trekked the perimeter … Continue reading

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Kitchen Chemistry: Testing pH Levels with Cabbage

Acids and bases are common knowledge in our culture, so much so that the term litmus test means not simply to test for pH level, but also to make a determination on whether or not something—or someone—is acceptable. It’s interesting … Continue reading

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Help! My High Schooler Hasn't Been Doing His Work!

You know you’re a little behind in checking those Creative Writing assignments, but every day, your high schooler has his Sonlight Student Guide out, and a book in his face. You’ve seen him at the computer, day in and day … Continue reading

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4 Field Trips You Haven't Taken (& How To Tie Them to Sonlight)

We all know the best part of homeschooling is being able to open our front door use our community as a classroom. And we know that the best part of being a Sonlight family is the rich reading experiences we … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Love Explode the Code Phonics Workbooks

"My son works ahead in Explode the Code because he enjoys the fun way of learning phonics!" #sonlightstories from Emily P. of Burnsville, MN This year, I am working through the Explode the Code workbook series for the third time, … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Not to Advance a Child to a Higher Level

Your child is an advanced reader or otherwise shows being far beyond grade level. Wonderful, right? Because you homeschool, you can zoom that child ahead a grade or two, skipping the grades where your child has already mastered the material! … Continue reading

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Build a Working Arm Muscle: A Science Activity Tutorial

An observational approach is terrific for nature study, but doesn’t quite do the trick when it comes to anatomy, does it? It can be challenging to adequately teach about muscles and bones, when all the moving parts all hidden away … Continue reading

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