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3 Simple Phrases that Infuse My Homeschool with a Growth Mindset

Not knowing what to say when your child is having academic trouble is the worst. It’s so hard to maintain a positive attitude when deep inside you are questioning if it is your fault. After all, you are homeschooling, which … Continue reading

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Homeschooling Pre-teen Boys: 8 Guidelines That Bring Peace

It’s happening before my very eyes: my charming, compliant adolescent son is being replaced by a slightly less appealing version—a version that bristles at instruction and grits his teeth at disliked tasks. To be blunt, homeschooling my pre-teen boy is not … Continue reading

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11 Tricks for Homeschooling the Strong-willed Child

Some parents are blessed with children who are very laid back and compliant. Others have children who are stubborn or resistant. And still others, like myself, are parents of strong-willed children. These children like to push boundaries and break limits. … Continue reading

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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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