Category Archives: Reading and Literature

7 Reasons Not to Teach Reading Early

"When my three-and-a-half year old asked to learn to read, I panicked. I had no idea where to start. I talked to one of Sonlight's Advisors, and she got us all set with Kindergarten Language Arts. The Instructor's Guide is … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Keep Track of and Distinguish Characters in Read-Alouds

A story is more than words on a page. It’s the voices of the characters that keep readers engaged and propel the unfolding of the plot. Sonlight is a literature-rich program, and as such, there dozens of story lines and … 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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8 Places to Serve by Reading Aloud

We’ve all had those days. Dragging ourselves out of bed on too little sleep, only to find spit up on the floor, lukewarm coffee, and a laundry pile that has transformed into Mount Everest overnight. Oh, this is the glamorous … Continue reading

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2 Keys for Homeschooling a Delayed or Struggling Reader

Micah is reading to his "friends" from one of the I Can Read It! books. One of the greatest benefits of homeschooling is that kids can learn at their own pace. Those who excel in a subject can move ahead at … Continue reading

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7 Q&As for Homeschooling the Advanced Reader

Some children are advanced readers who excel at reading. Either they read naturally without a lot of instruction, or they learn it effortlessly after a few lessons and quickly zoom way ahead of grade level. If you have an advanced … Continue reading

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The Big List: 25 Ways Reading Helps Your Children

I love books. And I love helping children learn to love books not only because reading is a great pastime. I also believe that reading and hearing stories read out loud should be central in every child’s education. So it’s … Continue reading

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