Category Archives: Reading and Literature

How Can Sonlight Expect Us to Read So Many Books at Once?

"So thankful we tried Sonlight 6 years ago!" —Jennie W. of Puryear, TN Like many homeschool programs, Sonlight comes with a teacher’s guide (called an Instructor’s Guide) that lays out a daily schedule for parents.  It breaks the yearly books … Continue reading

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Top Ten Cry-Alouds: Books You’ll Love to Cry Over with Your Kids

The kind of book that generates the most passionate personal response is usually one that made us cry. Mention one of the ten books listed below in a group of Sonlighters, and you will hear these kinds of phrases from … Continue reading

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3 Reasons Explode the Code Should Be Part of Your Language Arts Curriculum

In Sonlight’s kindergarten through second grade, Explode the Code (ETC) is offered as an optional resource. Although Sonlight’s Language Arts is sufficient in itself without ETC, I think Explode the Code is a notable resource which should be part of … Continue reading

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3 Reasons to Read Missionary Biographies

When I first started homeschooling, one attractive element of Sonlight’s curriculum was the fact that each age level contains missionary biographies or autobiographies. Learning about the lives of missionaries—their successes, failures, hardships, and devotion— is awe-inspiring. That awe is something … Continue reading

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11 Heroes of History Who Inspire a Growth Mindset

Inspire your kids to change the world, strive for personal growth, and persist through trials with this eclectic mix of biographies (and one autobiography) from world history, US history, church history, and more. Walk with these great personalities as they … Continue reading

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6 Ways Kids Can Keep Reading When the Library is Closed

Does your child inhale books? Do you get them a big stack of books just to turn around to them telling you that they’ve just finished….all of them? I understand this completely! If you are anything like me, it’s both … Continue reading

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11 Poetry Anthologies for Kids That Every Home Library Needs

If your home library is sorely lacking in the poetry genre, this list solves the problem with 11 anthologies. Each book will appeal to all ages from young children to adults. Whether you are looking for fodder for memorization or … Continue reading

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