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5 Reasons Children Need to Read Books with Flawed Characters

There is much focus in the homeschool culture on wholesome reading material, particularly titles which feature boys and girls of exemplary virtue. In these books, the main characters consistently—if not inexplicably—model correct choices and praiseworthy attitudes. Such flawless characters, the … Continue reading

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The Joy of Revisiting My Childhood by Reading Aloud to My Kids

Just glancing at the cover of a book can draw you back to a moment in time and evoke strong feelings whether heartwarming or heartbreaking. My first memory of my mom reading aloud to me was the unfortunate summer that … Continue reading

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The Myth of Fairness: Permission to be Unfair in Your Homeschool

“It’s not fair!” my youngest son wailed. This wasn't the first time that week those forbidden words had been uttered in our home, accusing me of being unfair in our homeschool. I can tolerate a lot of things, but the … Continue reading

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Raising Kids with a Heart for the World

God's love for the whole world is at the heart of Sonlight. The picture of Revelation 7:9 regarding people from every tongue, tribe and nation, worshipping the Lamb of God is one of the most beautiful I can imagine. What … Continue reading

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Raising Kids Who Can Focus in a Distracted Digital Age

Is your child’s attention span longer than a goldfish? Are you deliberately raising kids who can focus deeply? According to a recent study, a goldfish has an attention span of nine seconds, while most people lose concentration after only eight. … Continue reading

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One Way to Respond When Your Child Tells You Something Hard

Sonlight helps you practice talking together with your kids about opposing viewpoints and tricky topics such as poverty, so that when your children want to talk about their own hard things, it all feels more natural. From the earliest programs, … Continue reading

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Why We Have a No Toy Policy

Yes, I have a No Toy Policy. Before you think we have read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and have gone over the Feng Shui deep end, let me share an observation that happened about sixteen years ago while visiting … Continue reading

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