Language Arts Curriculum


There are five aspects to language arts curriculum - Phonics, Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar, and Writing. You can do an eclectic combination of all these subdivisions or you can get a full curriculum that combines all the topics. Each aspect is essential to learning how to read, write and spell, but no matter what you choose make sure it clicks with your child's learning style. They all teach the same English language we all know and love, but the journey to get there will differ. Language arts includes reading, phonics, literature, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, writing, speech, and debate.


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PHONICS
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All About Reading    All About Reading is a fun and engaging
program that explains the rules of phonics while using games to drive home the lesson. Each lesson builds upon the last to advance reading skills. It uses the Orton-Gillingham approach to help children with dyslexia.

Grades:
PreK-4th
Style:
Multi-Sensory, Workbook & Readers

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Explode the Code    Explode the Code helps to develop comprehension skills by reading in context. There's lots of practice and reinforcement of new words. It is available in print or online. The print version is more handwriting intensive while the online platform is more interactive.
Grades:
K-4th
Style:
Workbook
Available from Amazon or Christian Book

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Pathway Reading    Pathway Reading is a complete reading program, which also teaches many good moral and spiritual values. You can also buy the readers seperately. The first few grades feature continuing stories about Peter and Rachel on their farm, at school, and with friends. The remaining stories contain stories and poems from Amish setting, Anabaptist heritage, the Bible, and other literature.
Grades:
1st-8th
Style:
Workbook & Readers
Available from Amazon

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Phonics Pathways    A no-frills, all encompasing phonics program for learning to read and spell. The book is well laid out with a simple sequence and easy-to-follow progression.
Ages:
All Ages
Style:
Textbook
Available from Amazon, Rainbow Resource, or Christian Book

FREE
Printables For Kids    Thousands of free worksheets to put together your own phonics program.
Grades:
PreK-3rd
Style:
Worksheets
FREE
Progressive Phonics    Progressive Phonics is an all-in-one reading program that's available online for free. Readers, worksheets, and sight-words are all available for download.
Ages:
4-10
Style:
Worksheets & Readers

FREE
Reading Bear    Reading Bear is an online, interactive way to learn to read. For those who love the colorfully visual environment, Reading Bear is a great way to go. It covers all the phonics rules in 50 lessons.
Ages:
4-7
Style:
Online Interactive

$$
Reading Eggs    Reading Eggs provides a comprehensive range
learn to read online
online reading lessons and e-books. The program combines a progressive sequence of learning activities with animations, music and rewards.



Ages:
3-13
Style:
Online Interactive

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The Reading Lesson    The Reading lesson is similar to Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Lessons except that the pages of The Reading Lesson are less cluttered. The text is large and the lessons flow well. It's a no-frills book that gets to the heart of literacy.
Ages:
3-7
Style:
Textbook
Available from Amazon or Christian Book

$
Starfall    Learn to read with Backpack Bear, Zac the Rat and others as you play games, sing songs and watch videos. Math is also included.
Grades:
PreK-1st
Style:
Online Interactive

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Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Lessons    A phonics-based book with silly stories help your children learn to read.
Grades:
PreK-1st
Style:
Textbook
Available from Amazon, Rainbow Resource, or Christian Book


READING PROGRAMS FOR DYSLEXIA
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All About Reading    All About Reading is a fun and engaging
program that explains the rules of phonics while using games to drive home the lesson. Each lesson builds upon the last to advance reading skills. It uses the Orton-Gillingham approach to help children with dyslexia.

Grades:
PreK-4th
Style:
Multi-Sensory, Workbook & Readers

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Barton Reading & Spelling System    The Barton Reading & Spelling System has helped a multitude of students with dyslexia (or other learning disability) learn how to read, spell, and write.
Levels:
1-10
Style:
Tutor, Textbook, Multi-Sensory
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Reading Horizons    Reading Horizons builds strong literacy
Free Dyslexia Test
skills to help children with dyslexia learn how to read. It is based on Orton-Gillingham principles, teaching children systematically and sequentially and moving towards more complex skills.
Grades:
PreK+
Style:
Tutor, Textbook, Online

SPELLING
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A Reason For Spelling    Every weekly lesson begins with a story - a contemporary theme story that develops key principles found in that week's Scripture verse.
Grades:
1st-7th
Style:
Workbook
Available from Amazon, Rainbow Resource, or Christian Book

$$
All About Spelling    All About Spelling teaches encoding skills
and spelling rules while using multisensory materials to help learning stick. It uses the Orton-Gillingham approach, taking the struggle out of spelling.


Grades:
1st-7th
Style:
Multi-Sensory & Workbook

$
Soaring with Spelling    Soaring with Spelling is an age-appropriate program that teaches spelling with instruction and practice. There is a pre-test on day one, activities for days 2-4 and a test on day 5. Level 1 relates to grade 1.
Grades:
1st-8th
Style:
Workbook
$$
Spelling Power    Spelling Power was developed by a home educator for home educators. It emphasizes learning to spell the 5,000 most frequently used words in the English language.
Ages:
8+
Style:
Multi-Sensory & Textbook
Available from Amazon, Rainbow Resource, or Christian Book

$
Spelling You See    Uses five developmental stages of spelling, children progress through the levels as they are ready. Children are introduced to stories and learn to spell words. Short daily activities integrate copywork, reading, speaking, and listening.
Levels:
A-G
Style:
Workbook
Available from Christian Book

$$
Total Language Plus    Total Language Plus offer a literature-based, discovery style learning designed for Christian education. The authors select exceptional literature and integrate the separate parts of language arts: spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and writing, as well as critical thinking and communication.
Grades:
3rd-12th
Style:
Study Guide & Literature


VOCABULARY
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Pathway Reading    Pathway Reading is a complete reading program, which also teaches many good moral and spiritual values. You can also buy the readers seperately. The first few grades feature continuing stories about Peter and Rachel on their farm, at school, and with friends. The remaining stories contain stories and poems from Amish setting, Anabaptist heritage, the Bible, and other literature.
Grades:
1st-8th
Style:
Workbook & Readers
Available from Amazon or Rainbow Resource

$$
Total Language Plus    Total Language Plus offers a literature-based, discovery style learning designed for Christian education. The authors select exceptional literature and integrate the separate parts of language arts: spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and writing, as well as critical thinking and communication.
Grades:
3rd-12th
Style:
Study Guide & Literature
$
Vocabulary Cartoons    Learn vocabulary words through cartoons! Presented in an easy-to-read format, and eye-catching, funny cartoons, vocabulary has suddenly become fun.
Grades:
3rd-12th
Style:
Book
Available from Amazon or Rainbow Resource

$$
Wordly Wise    The words chosen for Wordly Wise 3000 were selected to expand critical grade level vocabulary and improve reading comprehension. Available in print or online.
Grades:
K-12th
Style:
Workbook
Available from Amazon, Rainbow Resource, or Christian Book


GRAMMAR
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Easy Grammar & Daily Grams    Short daily lessons that are designed to teach and reinforce grammar concepts.
Grades:
3rd-12th
Style:
Workbook
Available from Amazon, Rainbow Resource, or Christian Book

$
First Language Lessons    First Language Lessons uses copywork, narration, picture study, and other classical techniques to develop the student's language ability.
Grades:
1st-4th
Style:
Textbook

$
Growing with Grammar    Growing with Grammar is an age-appropriate program that teaches grammar with instruction and practice. Each level contains 108 lessons with it being used three times a week. Level 1 relates to grade 1. Sentence diagramming is taught beginning with Level 3.
Grades:
1st-8th
Style:
Workbook
$$
Shurley English    Shurley English takes a logical approach to Grammar and Composition. Practice and improve sentences, sing jingles to memorize grammar, and enhance communication skills.
Grades:
1st-7th
Style:
Workbook & Audio
Available from Amazon, Rainbow Resource, or Christian Book

$$
Total Language Plus    Total Language Plus offers a literature-based, discovery style learning designed for Christian education. The authors select exceptional literature and integrate the separate parts of language arts: spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and writing, as well as critical thinking and communication.
Grades:
3rd-12th
Style:
Study Guide & Literature


WRITING
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A Reason for Handwriting    A Reason for Handwriting integrates Scripture with handwriting. Every week is built around a new Bible verse, adding more words until the whole verse is written by the end of the week. Attention is given to capitalization and punctuation.
Grades:
K-6th
Style:
Workbook
Available from Amazon, Rainbow Resource, or Christian Book

$-$$
Brave Writer    Brave Writer is not exactly a curriculum, but a source of inspiration and ideas that helps kids realize that paper is a safe place to explore their thoughts in order to craft their writing into a satisfying finished product. It focuses on the writer instead of a system that needs to be deconstructed and explained in a classroom.
Grades:
K-12th
Style:
Teacher Guide

$
Handwriting Without Tears    Manuscript and cursive writing is taught without the frustration of other repetitive programs. Kids can learn their letters and numbers in a way they'll be able to visualize and remember.
Grades:
K-5th
Style:
Workbook
Available from Amazon, Rainbow Resource, or Christian Book
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Institute for Excellence in Writing    An enjoyable and effective writing curriculum that will teach you and your students to write. Through the process of learning to write well, students learn how to think clearly and to express themselves eloquently and persuasively.
Grades:
K-12th
Style:
Seminar & Workbook

$$
Shurley English    Shurley English takes a logical approach to Grammar and Composition. Practice and improve sentences, sing jingles to memorize grammar, and enhance communication skills.
Grades:
1st-7th
Style:
Workbook & Audio
Available from Amazon, Rainbow Resource, or Christian Book

$$
Total Language Plus    Total Language Plus offers a literature-based, discovery style learning designed for Christian education. The authors select exceptional literature and integrate the separate parts of language arts: spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and writing, as well as critical thinking and communication.
Grades:
3rd-12th
Style:
Study Guide & Literature


COMPLETE PROGRAMS
FREE
K12 Reader    Thousands of free, printable reading and writing worksheets to use at home. Covering spelling, reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and writing.
Grades:
K-12th
Style:
Worksheets

$$
Learning Language Arts Through Literature    A fully integrated language arts program that teaches grammar, reading, spelling, vocabulary, writing mechanics, creative writing, and thinking skills. These skills are taught using the context of real literature.
Grades:
1st-12th
Style:
Workbook & Literature

$$
Logic of English    Logic of English encompasses phonics,
fluency and high frequency words, handwriting, spelling, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. It is designed to be an easy-to-follow, logical, and systematic approach.


Grades:
PreK-Adult
Style:
Workbook & Readers

$$$-
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Moving Beyond the Page    Moving Beyond the Page is a complete homeschool curriculum that uses literature to teach the different subjects. It is especially designed for the hands-on, creative and gifted learners.
Ages:
4-14
Style:
Workbook & Literature
$-
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My Father's World    My Father's World recognizes the Bible to be the foundation of wisdom and education. The curriculum uses hands-on, unit studies to teach multi-age groups of children, combining Charlotte Mason's ideas with classical education.
Grades:
K-12th
Style:
Multisensory & Workbook
Available from Christian Book

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Sing, Spell, Read & Write    Sing, Spell, Read & Write uses phonics songs, interactive charts, and games to teach the alphabetic principle, phonemic awareness, sound/letter correspondence, short vowel sounds, and blending - in a fun and meaningful way.
Grades:
PreK-2nd
Style:
Songs, Games, Workbook & Readers
Available from Amazon, Rainbow Resource, or Christian Book

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Sonlight    Sonlight takes a natural approach to language arts,
Sonlight Curriculum
modeling to write by learning from good models of writing. Listen, look at, copy, good writing, then finally write your own.


Grades:
K-5th
Style:
Multi-Sensory, Workbook & Literature

$$$$
Time4Learning    Online, interactive lessons teach everything from phonics to writing a high school research paper. Practice writing, develop vocabulary, reading comprehension, and communication skills.
Grades:
PreK-12th
Style:
Online Interactive

*Time4Learning price includes multiple subjects.


UNIT STUDIES
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Five In A Row    Four volumes of Five in a Row make up 70 unit studies linked to children's literature. It covers Social Studies, Geography, Language Arts, Applied Math, Science, and Art in a way that causes children to fall in love with learning. It is recommended to add a math and phonics program.
Ages:
2-12
Style:
Unit Study & Literature
Available from Amazon or Rainbow Resource

PERSONALIZED LEARNING
FREE
MobyMax    MobyMax lets the student learn language arts at their own pace while filling in the gaps where they need more help. It also covers other topics in addition to language arts.
Ages:
K-8th
Style:
Online Interactive






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