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Encyclopedia

- World Book brings over 50,000 encyclopedia articles to your child within LightSail - a full research library at their fingertips.

- All articles are enhanced with LightSail’s seven layers of educational features.

- All articles are routinely revised to ensure they are up to date and relevant, and expert contributors and advisors ensure reliability and accuracy.

- Articles are interrelated with your child’s reading library, videos, and other multimedia content so LightSail can suggest related articles on topics your child is interested in.

- Search and browse functions let children find what they’re looking for quickly and easily.

- Unique content like World Book’s Back in Time and Special Reports have their own tabs in your child’s LightSail Library for easy browsing..

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We guarantee that if your child reads on LightSail for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 90 days that their Lexile® level will improve. If it doesn’t, we will give you 100% of your money back.

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How many parent accounts are included with a child's license?

Every family account includes two Parent Accounts.

I am part of a homeschool group and we share teaching responsibilities. How can I access those accounts?

LightSail has created a Teacher/Coach role that can connect with multiple accounts. This is available as an add-on purchase. This account acts as additional parent with full teacher control to all connected accounts.

Is your platform only Faith-Based?

LightSail is available for both Faith-Based and Secular families. A parent can choose to allow or hide faith-based content including Unit Studies. LightSail has created hundreds of faith-based Unit Studies, Bookmarks, Quotations, and Memory Modules.

If I want to purchase a book with your Premium Books Shop, do I have to buy a copy for each license I purchased?

No, when you purchase a book using our Premium Books Shop, you only need to purchase one copy for your entire family. Your purchase includes unlimited checkouts.

How does LightSail’s ChildSafe protection work?

At LightSail, a parent’s ability to oversee their child’s online experience and align it with their faith and values is of the utmost importance. To this end, LightSail contains an entire suite of parental control features and never-before-seen ChildSafe Content Controls giving parents ultimate peace of mind.

These content controls contain dozens of nuanced subcategories for potentially objectionable material based on both maturity and religious factors. Then, it shows parents if a book contains a reference to any of those subcategories and allows them to block or allow single titles or entire subcategories for each child individually. Our ChildSafe Content Controls offer unprecedented insight into and control over the content your children consume without the need to read every book in advance.

  • Block or allow individual pieces of content.
  • Block or allow entire subcategories of content.
  • Require a child to request parental approval before opening entire subcategories of content.
  • Block, allow, or require requesting parental approval for all Classics library content.
  • Block or require requesting parental approval for all unrated content.

Click here to learn more about all of our parental controls.

Parental Controls

Complete oversight and control over all of your children’s content and activity.

About Us

We are LightSail for Homeschoolers—a complete language arts platform built on the shoulders of LightSail Education, advancing the literacy skills of K-12 students in public, private, and charter schools since 2012.

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Fun built into every aspect of LightSail’s platform encourages kids on every step of their learning journey. Badges, Social Sharing, and Gift Rewards are all within the Parental Controls!

Home Home

Here a child clicks to go back to their Dashboard

Library Library

Here a child clicks to view the Library

Word Work Word Work

Here a child clicks to retake missed cloze assessments to work on their missed vocabulary

Chat Chat

Here a child can find all Book Chats, book club chats, clubhouse chats, and family chats

Badges Badges

Here a child clicks to view their earned badges and all badges they can earn

More More

Here a child clicks to open their more menu

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time

A parent can set a rule to unlock a video after reading a set number of minutes

download

You can download current article just top this button

goals

Here your child can view their current reading goals

personalized

This button opens our Personalized Reader Feature to help struggling readers enjoy their reading

readAloud

Here a child can click to listen to the text read aloud

Select a Word
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Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 4 Submit answer Return to text
article

Here a child can view open Book/Article chats

article

Here a child can create a Journal input and update existing Journal inputs

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Here a child can view all Parts of Speech (Verbs, Nouns etc) found on this page

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Here a child can view all Syllables found on this page

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Here a child can change the font type, font size, download the article, and change the text to speech voice

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