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Second-guessing: Did I make the right decision to homeschool?

Big Brother Caleb loves to read to his little sister Abi. "My books are in bad shape because they are so well used, but my kids' minds couldn't be more stimulated, educated, and happy—reading another beloved Sonlight book! Thank you … Continue reading

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The 3 Things You Need for Teaching Critical Thinking

If you have a baby and would like her to learn to speak English as she grows, what would you do? Would you go out and buy a vocabulary curriculum for her, start it at 6 months old, and trust … Continue reading

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How to Improve: Inspiration, Imitation, Implementation

I was showing off. There's no way to sugarcoat it. Thankfully, she seemed interested and genuinely impressed with my poetry. Awake. Bright cheery day enters from the gate, And so the shadows of the night all but dissipate. Then again, … Continue reading

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Five Ways to Improve Reading Aloud

His voice lilted and swung, painting the world as much as the text from the book. His children cuddled close, as if their strain could pry the story out sooner. My dad is a master of reading aloud. In contrast, … Continue reading

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Why You Are an Expert by Kindergarten

Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers makes a strong case for needing 10,000 hours of practice before you become great at anything. That's a lot of time, but not that much. A prominent educator recently shared that it took him about five years … Continue reading

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Spontaneous Vocabulary Practice

I'm not sure how it began. Suddenly we were spouting every word we could think of that started with the letter b: brains, bed, brix, blunderbuss, backwards, ballerina, bellicose, buffoon, bin, bobbin, birch... Yes, we're nerds. But we were having … Continue reading

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