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The 3 Things You Need for Teaching Critical Thinking

If you have a baby and would like her to learn to speak English as she grows, what would you do? Would you go out and buy a vocabulary curriculum for her, start it at 6 months old, and trust … Continue reading

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Extension Activities for Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh is one of the Read-Alouds from History / Bible / Literature A Intro to the World: Cultures. But it's more than that to me. It's a childhood favorite and one that I love introducing to my children each time one … Continue reading

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STEM Students Need Literature, Too

My second son is a junior this year. STEM subjects come naturally to him. For example, he is currently holding a solid A in calculus, and given the choice between spending an afternoon testing physics laws or digging into Shakespeare, … Continue reading

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A Literature-Based Approach to Homeschooling Science

Sonlight for history, literature, and Bible—sure. But Sonlight for science? Absolutely! A literature-based approach introduces a feast of discovery, allowing elementary- and middle-school students to uncover a wide range of wild and wondrous scientific concepts. Each Science level from A … Continue reading

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4 Reasons to Read Books with Dynamic (not Static) Characters

Recently we moved—a rather sudden, unplanned move—seven-hundred-miles inland, in the middle of the school year. I’m not the type to go poking around for change. We didn’t move because I wanted a change; in fact, I’d be quite content in … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Teach History Without a Textbook

Sonlight teaches History using great books, in a method that over the last three decades has proven itself to be both powerful and effective. But why would we choose to rely on literature instead of other tried-and-true materials or methods? … Continue reading

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Raising the Advanced Reader: Challenging While Protecting

If you’re raising an advanced reader, you are probably, like me, thankful for the public library. We have raised ten kids who love books. You can imagine, that’s a ton of books being schlepped back and forth, piled in little … Continue reading

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