Tag Archives: read-alouds

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

Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

How To Turn Any Sonlight Read-Aloud Into STEAM Gold

STEAM is all the rage in education circles, and it’s easy to see why. Making science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) meaningful opens doors to a deeper understanding of key topics and even career options that might otherwise fly … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

3 Ways to Keep Track of and Distinguish Characters in Read-Alouds

A story is more than words on a page. It’s the voices of the characters that keep readers engaged and propel the unfolding of the plot. Sonlight is a literature-rich program, and as such, there dozens of story lines and … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Seven Ways I Keep My Kids Focused During Reading

Are you a mom whose children struggle to sit still during school? Has that made you afraid to use a curriculum that requires a large amount of reading? Well, you’re not the only one. Keeping my kids focused during reading … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

12 Quiet Read-Aloud Activities for Kids

Read-alouds are one of the pillars of a literature-based education. But what happens when no one really settles down when you start reading?  If you’ve ever interrupted a read-aloud with the words, “Sit still!”, this list is for you. Keeping … Continue reading

Tagged , , , | 2 Comments