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Raising Brave Girls (Not Perfect Girls)

I wonder if many children lose their bravery around middle school. With such intense pressure to fit in, the allure of conformity outweighs courage. Then it’s hard to gain it back. I’m sure this happens to both girls and boys. … Continue reading

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The Best Way to Build Vocabulary in Your Homeschool

The average active vocabulary of an adult English speaker is ten to twenty thousand words, with a passive vocabulary (the words you recognize, but don’t use) of 40,000. As a point of comparison, Shakespeare’s vocabulary is estimated at over 66,000. … Continue reading

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How Reading Fiction Helps Kids Develop Empathy

You know that reading helps your children develop vocabulary, become great writers, and receive information in a way they actually remember. But did you also know that reading, particularly reading fiction, helps your children become more empathetic, able to understand … Continue reading

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Three Reasons to Read Out Loud to Kids Who Know How to Read

You probably understand the appeal of reading aloud to young children. Who can resist a preschooler, book in hand, saying, “Read, pwease?” But once children can read for themselves, parents often assume their days of reading aloud are done. In … Continue reading

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The Big List: 25 Ways that Reading Helps Your Children

"Sonlight students Samantha, Karlie and Brandon R soak up all the benefits of books on their favorite reading rock" I love books. And I love helping children learn to love books. But not only because reading is a great pastime. … Continue reading

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The Gift of Play

It's just another day of school. You know, math, reading, slaying dragons, building forts and climbing trees. Sound like your typical classroom? Today I want to give us all permission to let loose a little and PLAY. (I thought about … Continue reading

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How Homeschooling Can Prep Teens for Leadership

Can you name one surprising thing influential leaders such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and others have in common? They all spent their teen years in a similar fashion. Check out this intriguing article from Time about How … Continue reading

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