Category Archives: Sarita’s Word

A bi-weekly encouraging message from Sonlight’s President, Sarita Holzmann. Sarita’s Word is featured in The Beam.

Three Tips for Teaching Children About Work

"I did not have all the advantages your kids had," a woman told my husband. They were having an honest conversation about work. The woman shared what a hard time she has in life, bumping along from one part-time job … Continue reading

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How Books Help You Raise Proactive Kids Who Aren't Afraid to Fail

Nine-year-old Betsy was set up to fail. Primped and pampered her whole life, she had never done a chore or fixed her own hair. When circumstances changed and Betsy went to live with cousins on a Vermont farm, her new … Continue reading

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My 3 Favorites from What's New at Sonlight in 2021

As we gear up for another year here at Sonlight, I'm reminded of the many blessings this past year offered. I feel truly blessed to have invited thousands of new homeschoolers into our Sonlight family. To those of you who … Continue reading

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4 Reasons to Pursue Academic Excellence in Your Homeschool

Homeschoolers tend to do better than their traditionally-schooled peers on standardized tests. But once when I spoke at a homeschool group, I noticed a subtle, troubling attitude toward academics. I heard comments like: "Oh, we probably won't get to math … Continue reading

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Parent-intensive Versus Hands-off Homeschooling

Did you know that some homeschool programs will teach your children for you? You can put your child in front of a computer and then go about your day. Your kids can be homeschooled without your being involved. This is … Continue reading

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The Simplest Way to Prevent or Overcome Learning Loss

It's easy to worry about learning loss. You've worked so hard to teach a child his math facts ... and now you're afraid he'll forget them. I want to encourage you that no learning is ever wasted. When children make … Continue reading

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4 Ways Homeschooling Builds a Close-knit Family

If you've homeschooled long, you've probably heard the comment: "Oh, I could never spend that much time with my kids. I don't know how you do it." Well, here's a secret many parents have discovered: Homeschooling can actually improve your … Continue reading

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