Tag Archives: read-alouds

Why I’m Glad Sonlight Includes Hard Books

I’m the oldest in a family of seven children that has used Sonlight curriculum since the 90s. I've noticed that certain books have become legends of family lore. These are usually the harder books—the books that have challenged us, broken … Continue reading

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10 Can't-Miss Read-Alouds for the Early Years

I’ll begin my eighth year teaching my children with Sonlight curriculum this fall, and while my children have enjoyed it thoroughly, I have to admit that I have more fun than anyone! Let’s just say that my kids never have … 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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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

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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

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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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