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6 Keys to Homeschooling Children From Traumatic Backgrounds

We adopted my youngest son from our state’s foster care system over two years ago when he was seven and began homeschooling him when he was in third grade. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been rewarding. My son … Continue reading

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Homeschooling the Struggling Reader

My little sister loves reading. If she has some free time, she'll open a book. Reading is one of her favorite ways to pass the day. Me? Not so much. In fact, I read very few books every year. It's … Continue reading

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7 Tips for Homeschooling Gifted Students

How do you homeschool accelerated learners? How do you keep pace as they zoom through books? How do you meet their thirst for knowledge? A homeschool mom emailed me recently to ask these questions. Though I don't know the particulars … Continue reading

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Math Facts Forwards and Backwards

"Let me do the multiplication part," she says. "I love multiplication!" We're currently learning about fractions and decimals and percents. Becky has auditory processing delays so she can't remember all the steps or formulas involved in solving the problems. Every … Continue reading

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How Reading Aloud Instills a Love of Books

Hearing mostly Sonlight titles as a child gave me the impression that only great books were published. But after experiencing the wasteland of public high school literature, it no longer surprises me when a student from that world tells me … Continue reading

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Life Lessons from Literature: Service Dogs

One of my co-workers is reading Sonlight titles to her daughter. They recently finished Follow My Leader, a story about a boy and his guide dog. While at the museum a few weeks ago, they noticed someone with a service … Continue reading

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Requiring Proficiency Can Hold You Back

Starting in high school, and definitely by college, most schools realize that students learn at different paces and have slightly different interests. Thus, students can select what courses they wish to take, and skip some that "aren't for them." With … Continue reading

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