Category Archives: Reading and Literature

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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4 Reasons I Pre-read My Children's Books

Teaching Sonlight with a large family takes a delicate balance of the time I spend teaching, grading, and keeping track of assignments, with my need to work, clean, and cook. Finding the time to stay one step ahead of my children's … Continue reading

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4 Great Reasons to Read Your Favorite Book Again (& Again)

Did you know that I reread the Chronicles of Narnia, and especially my favorite, The Horse and His Boy, annually? One of the marks of a good book is that it grows along with you. It bears repeated readings and … Continue reading

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Jumping Dolphin Craft Plus More Extensions for Dolphin Adventure

As we progress through HBL A, I’ve been creating a series of activities to go along with each of the Read-Alouds. Although I’ve never been a very crafty parent, I find myself wanting to get involved with these extension projects! … Continue reading

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Extension Ideas for "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?"

Have you ever finished a book and found that you weren’t quite ready for it to end? Maybe the book was so good that you just don’t want it to be over, or maybe the book sparked so many questions … Continue reading

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Mapping Wild Island: A Hands-on Project for My Father's Dragon

In the book My Father’s Dragon, a selection of Sonlight’s HBL A, we follow along as a young boy named Elmer Elevator travels to the Island of Tangerina and makes his way across to Wild Island on a rescue mission … Continue reading

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6 Ways to Extend Window on the World

Cultural geography takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? It goes well beyond the facts of physical geography—such as landforms and bodies of water—and allows us to immerse ourselves in vibrant worlds beyond our own circle of familiarity. … Continue reading

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