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12 Books from American History That Teach Empathy

When you think of teaching your kids empathy, person-to-person activities probably come to mind: volunteering in under-served communities taking mission trips compromising with siblings Would it surprise you to know that reading books is just as effective at developing compassion … 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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12 Books That Teach Empathy for Ages 6-8

Great books do more than build comprehension skills, develop rich vocabularies, and lay the foundation of cultural literacy. Yes, they do all of that in the academic realm. But they do so much more in the aesthetic arena, too. When … Continue reading

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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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4 Reasons to Read Books That Might Make Your Kids (and You) Cry

If you are a family that spends a lot of time reading aloud, you have probably found at least a few books that caused tears. Book after book we read each afternoon, my kids have learned the sob routine. Nearing … Continue reading

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See From Your Child's Perspective to Flip Frustrations

One of my goals as a homeschool mom was to raise adults who were not narcissists. I wanted my children to see life from another person’s perspective, to be able to walk a mile in another’s shoes. That’s a big … Continue reading

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How Reading Fiction Helps Kids Develop Empathy

You know that reading helps your children develop vocabulary, become great writers, and receive information in a way they actually remember. But did you also know that reading, particularly reading fiction, helps your children become more empathetic, able to understand … Continue reading

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