Category Archives: Sarita’s Word

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

3 Secrets about Language Acquisition for Babies

If talking (and reading) to babies is the best way to help them learn grammar and vocabulary, should we talk to them all the time? What role does touch play in helping babies acquire language? Focused human interaction is by … Continue reading

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Language Acquisition in Babies: A Guide for Homeschoolers

Babies have an amazing ability to acquire language from 6 to 8 months. At that point, they are capable of learning any language. At 9 months, that ability almost magically turns off. They (usually) get stuck in one particular language, … Continue reading

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11 Things That Happen When You Read to Your Child

It's just plain fun to read a great story to children. When you stop at a cliffhanger, they can't help but beg to know what happens next. But aside from fun, what good does reading out loud do? Research continues … Continue reading

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The Sonlight Approach to Teaching History: History as the Backbone

Have you ever wondered what you're doing here on the earth? Ever wondered how our country got to the state that it's in? Ever wondered why people in other countries live differently than you do? Well, I think the answers … Continue reading

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How Homeschooling Can Prep Teens for Leadership

Can you name one surprising thing influential leaders such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and others have in common? They all spent their teen years in a similar fashion. Check out this intriguing 2015 article from Time about … Continue reading

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Enjoy Your Life More: Add One Good Habit

A recent study showed that Americans spend eight minutes a day looking for their keys. Sound familiar? If that’s you, it could be easy to berate yourself for that reality. When we think of habits, we tend to think of … Continue reading

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What Did Mary Know? A Christmas Devotional

I've listened to the Christmas carol, Mary, Did You Know, at least 30 times this season. I find it gorgeous, and I can't stop thinking about its central question: Mary did you know? Watch a beautiful a cappella rendition of … Continue reading

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