Author Archives: Shelley

American Government and Civics Tests

Our oldest two children just completed Sonlight’s 18-week American Government and Civics (Level 420). This course is designed for your high school students to read the texts and respond to daily questions, but there is no assessment of mastery included in the course work. So, I added one :). You can get it here. There… Continue Reading

Totally Techie Trigraphs (SCR, SHR, THR)

A little digital something for your Second graders–TOTALLY TECHIE TRIGRAPHS! These are perfect for your Google Classroom, or homeschool. The files in this set will run on any computer that has access to Google Slides or PowerPoint. Three activities are included in this set: In this first activity your students will sort SCR- and SHR-;… Continue Reading

NO-PREP Syllable Worksheets

I’ve bundled all of the NO-PREP worksheets from our growing syllable instruction packs for you! Syllabication rules covered in this set include: 1. OPEN and CLOSED simple syllables (3 activities) 2. VCCV with Double Consonants (4 activities) 3. VCCV with Mixed Consonants (4 activities) 4. V/CV (6 activities) 5. VC/V (6 activities) 6. Magnetic Y… Continue Reading

Open and Closed Simple Syllables

Open and closed syllables are the first two syllable types your students should learn. Hundreds of common words can be spelled using these simple syllables, so teach them early and well! Here is a great place to start: You’ll start with these fun teaching tools–the open road and OPEN SYLLABLES:The LONG measuring tape remind us… Continue Reading

Starting Sight Words in Kindergarten

Although Sonlight doesn’t include sight word work in its kindergarten curriculum, kindergarten is a GREAT time for your kids to start learning sight words. Our sight word series is FUN! We have a craft, or other hands-on work for each word we cover. We also use a “cumulative” approach–your kids will not struggle reading the… Continue Reading

My First A to Z Interactive Notebook {TUTORIAL}

Last year, we published our First Math Interactive Notebook. It is a great introduction to numbers, counting and basic operations. I love that it is filled with hands-on seat-work that my preschooler (now K-4) can accomplish with minimal direction from me! As I mentioned back in October, we are using an interactive notebook for phonics,… Continue Reading