Category Archives: Reading and Literature

12 Books That Teach Empathy for Ages 3-5

Taking on the perspective of another person is at the heart of empathy. While you can lecture your kids about being kind, an easier and more effective way to teach empathy is to read books to them. This list of … Continue reading

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6 Things to Know Before Teaching a Child How to Read at Home

Reading is the academic building block for every other subject and is often used as the primary standard when evaluating how well a child is doing in school. But deciding how (and when) to start can be difficult. There are … Continue reading

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How To Turn Any Sonlight Read-Aloud Into STEAM Gold

STEAM is all the rage in education circles, and it’s easy to see why. Making science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) meaningful opens doors to a deeper understanding of key topics and even career options that might otherwise fly … Continue reading

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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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