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4 Ways to Coax Your Reluctant Writer Out of Blank Page Paralysis

"I love how the Language Arts curriculum allows students to be creative while still teaching them the basics of writing and grammar. The organization of the teacher binder allows me the freedom to follow the outline without needing to spend … Continue reading

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How to Use Copywork and Dictation to Teach Language Arts

"Sonlight's LA program has boosted my girls' reading, spelling, and writing."Erin H. of Franklin, TN Copywork and dictation practices have been around for ages. We can even see examples of its importance in the Bible when men dedicated their lives … Continue reading

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6 Helps for the Struggling Writer

I love words—all kinds of words, believing that that words, whether spoken or written, carry power and influence. I have always particularly loved written words. When I was young, I kept a journal to document my life and feelings. When … Continue reading

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5 Ways Read-Alouds Foster Mature Oral Communication Skills

My whole crew was sick with walking pneumonia and journeyed en masse to the doctor’s office. At the appointment, my six-year-old daughter and four-year-old son collectively informed the nurse that they felt feverish, fatigued, and as if they must gasp … Continue reading

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New in 2018: Teaching Language Arts is Easier Than Ever

Teaching Language Arts can be overwhelming. It includes so many elements that you may wonder if you are missing something. Sonlight’s new and improved Language Arts programs take out all of the guesswork. With teaching assistance and step-by-step directions, you’ll … Continue reading

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Teaching Cursive Handwriting: The Benefits of Writing by Hand

Is learning cursive still relevant? In an era of keyboards, tablets and smartphones, is learning cursive writing still relevant? Common Core standards for public school do not require cursive writing instruction for elementary students. On the other hand, some states … Continue reading

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Creative Writing: The Main Goal of All Language Arts Instruction

This is, perhaps, the main goal of all Language Arts instruction—the ability to put original thoughts down on paper or creative writing. But even here, different writing programs have opposite ideas about what makes for good writing. Some programs emphasize simplicity and clarity. Other programs emphasize flowery, dressed up … Continue reading

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