Tag Archives: read-alouds

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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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

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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

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Teaching Our Children to Learn From Mistakes with Read-Alouds

Sonlight Read-Alouds give students a breadth and depth of knowledge—of world changers and famous stories, of poems and important events. This foundation of cultural literacy comes easily and pleasantly through reading and discussing great books. Reading great books also increases connection … Continue reading

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