Category Archives: Grade Levels

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

My Hand Hurts! | When Muscle Strength Makes Handwriting Hard

Handwriting is a subject which can elicit complaints by young students: “Writing makes my hand hurt.” “It’s too much writing.” “That assignment is too long.” “It’s too hard.”  These complaints can be indicative of muscle weakness—one of the major causes … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Not to Avoid Tough Topics with Your Kids

I’ve heard it over and over. I’ve even thought it myself. I remember specifically reading the book Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans from HBL D. As I was reading about human sacrifice, I remember looking over at my fourth grader and … Continue reading

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13 Ways to Change Your Child's Attitude Toward Copywork

Copywork...some kids love it. Some kids hate it. If your child is in the hate camp, you might be wondering how to make it more enjoyable for them. I’m here to help! Copywork doesn’t have to be a drudgery. It … Continue reading

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6 Remedies When Your Child's Spelling Is Not Up to Par

Has your child ever written a completely indiscernible sentence? Is their spelling so atrocious that you can’t even make out simple words? Has their spelling worsened since the never-ending spring break coronavirus quarantine and the subsequent shift to virtual schooling? … Continue reading

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6 Solutions When Your Child's Handwriting Is Not Up to Par

If your child is learning virtually this year, they are spending a lot of time on a computer, and you may be rightly wondering...What about their handwriting? Although technology invades much of our lives these days, I still firmly believe … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Step up Your History Game for a Budding Historian

My enthusiasm for the subject of art withered during art classes at a public high school in England. It took years to reinvigorate it. Now that I'm a homeschool dad, I think quite a lot about how to avoid smothering … Continue reading

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How Sonlight Made Me a Book Lover in High School

It’s a common misconception that a literature-rich, playful, self-directed education becomes obsolete once exams loom in upper grades. As I reached  high school age, however, I was growing into Sonlight, rather than growing out of it. Though we made less … Continue reading

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