Category Archives: Sarita’s Word

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

A Deep Breath for Advent

What do you need right now? It's holiday season 2020. Pressures can run high any Christmas. But this year feels even heavier. Do you feel it? But it's also the period of Advent—that season when we wait in hopeful expectation … Continue reading

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St. Nicholas, Christmas, and Reasons to Teach Church History

What does church history have to do with Christmas? Well, for one, it tells us that Santa Claus did not originate as a way for Macy’s to sell more jewelry in December. Though the historical record is sketchy, we think … 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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Homeschooling Gifted Students: 9 Tips for Curriculum and Teaching

Rosie, age 9, loves reading in creative, outdoor places! “[Rosie] is a gifted learner and thrives on the challenging and also inviting Sonlight curriculum choices. Yesterday she wanted to schedule time to finish every single lesson in her 3rd grade … Continue reading

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How Moms & Dads Parent Together as a Homeschool Team

I am so thankful for my husband John's role in our family. In fact, he's been so instrumental in my children's lives, it's almost annoying. What do I mean? Well, not that I'm bitter or anything, but when my children … Continue reading

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The Three Rs: Covering the Basics as a New Homeschooler

When you think about a good education, you think about the three Rs: reading, writing and arithmetic. How might you approach these key areas in your children's homeschool education? Here's a basic overview of the foundations you'll want to cover … Continue reading

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Why Sonlight Doesn't Insulate Children from Non-Christian Ideas or Religions

I've noticed two overarching styles of preparing Christian students to engage with the world around them. One approach seems primarily inward-focused, seeking to keep children from non-Christian ideas and teaching them to defend their faith and know how to answer … Continue reading

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