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6 Helps for the Struggling Writer

I love words—all kinds of words, believing that that words, whether spoken or written, carry power and influence. I have always particularly loved written words. When I was young, I kept a journal to document my life and feelings. When … 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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New in 2018: Teaching Language Arts is Easier Than Ever

Teaching Language Arts can be overwhelming. It includes so many elements that you may wonder if you are missing something. Sonlight’s new and improved Language Arts programs take out all of the guesswork. With teaching assistance and step-by-step directions, you’ll … Continue reading

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Teaching Cursive Handwriting: The Benefits of Writing by Hand

Is learning cursive still relevant? In an era of keyboards, tablets and smartphones, is learning cursive writing still relevant? Common Core standards for public school do not require cursive writing instruction for elementary students. On the other hand, some states … Continue reading

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Creative Writing: The Main Goal of All Language Arts Instruction

This is, perhaps, the main goal of all Language Arts instruction—the ability to put original thoughts down on paper or creative writing. But even here, different writing programs have opposite ideas about what makes for good writing. Some programs emphasize simplicity and clarity. Other programs emphasize flowery, dressed up … Continue reading

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When to Begin Teaching Language Arts in Your Homeschool

As you think about teaching Language Arts, you might feel intimidated. There are so many things to share, and your own education might have left you a little uncertain of your ability to teach Language Arts adequately. But here’s all … Continue reading

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Four Myths About Teaching Writing in Your Homeschool

How do we teach our kids to write well without killing their joy in the process? Beware these four myths about teaching writing that can frustrate our kids and keep them from loving to write. Myth #1: Good readers make good … Continue reading

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