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Why We Chose Sonlight Curriculum

Posted by Michelle Osborn on

Until I started homeschooling I didn't realize how much I loved history. I know I learned a few things about history during my public school years, but nothing sticks out in my mind other than learning the States Song in 5th grade. I was so excited that my children would be able to view history differently. Sonlight helped me do that. And we were all able to learn the same thing together as a family..... Continue reading

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Preschool Bundle Giveaway

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Colors, shapes, letters & numbers, phonics reading set & video art lessons, Oh my! Preschool Bundle Giveaway! Over $100 value!

This giveaway includes all of the following for our generous friends,..... continue reading and enter HERE for a chance to win

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Win an Entire Year of Homeschool Curriculum!

Posted by Michelle Osborn on

The retail value is $125, which doesn't sound like much for a whole year, but when you rent curriculum you are able to get so much more!

For example:

For your elementary to middle school students, you can rent an Apologia science bundle or  a Christian Kids Explore..., a Mystery of History Book, Vol 1 or  Vol. 2, three Life of Fred Elementary or Intermediate series books and a Primary WriteShop set for under or..... continue reading

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It’s Homeschool Testing Season!

Posted by Michelle Osborn on

Guest post by Vicki Bentley-HSLDA Toddlers to Tweens Consultant

Homeschool Testing Services

It’s that time of year again when many parents are curious how their kids are “tracking” academically. As a homeschooling parent, you observe your child on a daily basis and can probably determine pretty accurately in which areas he is strong and in which areas he could use some additional help. His verbal interaction with you, his hands-on activities, his written work, periodic subject-matter tests (if you use them), and his achievement of goals you have set for him are all informal indicators of his progress......Continue reading

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Family Read-Aloud: Beyond the Picture Book

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Snuggle up before bedtime, pull out a picture book and read to your preschooler. Many families read to their children in the early years. They know that reading aloud plays a significant role in a preschool child’s thinking and language development. Reading aloud to preschoolers increases their phonic and grammatical awareness, solidifies their language development and strengthens their reading readiness.

   What about after that? Why read to a student who can read independently? Is there value to reading aloud to our older children? Apparently, many families choose not to.   but 83% of children up through age 17 said they really enjoyed being read to at home. Continue reading

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