Language Arts

These language arts resources were recommended by SDA Homeschool Families Facebook group members.

  • Learning Arts through Literature is a fully integrated language arts program that teaches grammar, reading, spelling, vocabulary, writing mechanics, creative writing, thinking skills and more.
  •  Starfall is a free public service to teach children to read with phonics. Their systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development.
  • McCall-Crabbs Standard Test Lessons Reading offers practice reading comprehension and test taking with this series of reading tests. Each book contains a total of sixty short (half-page or less) reading selections followed by eight multiple choice questions. These books employ a reading level determination called a G-score (not a standard evaluation method) with which you can estimate your student’s reading level.
  • Beautiful Feet is a company committed to integrating the best works of children’s literature into all aspects of the educational curriculum by publishing noted authors and study guides that enable parents and teachers to incorporate those works easily into a comprehensive study.
  • Writing Road to Reading: The Spalding Method for Teaching Speech, Spelling, Writing, and Reading is a total language arts program that helps children develop their reading skills through a multi-sensory approach so natural and stimulating that reading itself is never taught outright—it simply begins. The program is explicit, sequential, multisensory, and diagnostic. Available for grades K – 6.
  • Rod and Staff English: Building Christian English series is designed to develop a good understanding of language as basic to the study of any subject and for communicating with others. This series teaches traditional grammar and mechanics (capitalization and punctuation), and it takes a conservative approach in matters of usage. The lessons carry a Biblical tone and promote Christian virtues. Exercise sentences deal with a broad range of topics—Bible stories and concepts, Christian living, family life, and historical and scientific facts.
  • Sing Spell Read & Write is a curriculum that teaches reading through a variety of resources. Includes song, manipulatives, pictures, and more.
  • First Language Lessons for The Well Trained Mind This curriculum claims that it will instruct you, step by step, on how to give your child an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from preschool through high school; one that will train him or her to read, to think, to understand, to be well-rounded and curious about learning. Through a language-intensive process that organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child’s mind, your child will receive the complete education that today’s overcrowded schools are often unable to provide.
  •  Institute for Excellence in Writing This program guarantees to present to you an enjoyable and effective writing curriculum that will help you teach your students to write.
  • Spelling Power  With Spelling Power, your children will master the 5,000 most frequently used words at their own pace — in just 15 minutes a day — using research-proven strategies. With Spelling Power, you give your children confidence in writing. Everything you need to teach your entire family is found in the one “Big Orange Book”. It is still the only complete spelling program written by a home educator for home educators.
  • Easy Grammar texts use the prepositional approach combined with effective strategies. This helps students to understand grammar, a tool for speaking and writing properly.
  • Essentials in Writing This program states that their goal is to help produce confident writers who enjoy the study of language. The reason we study language/writing is so we can apply what we learn in everyday situations. The students learn how to effectively communicate with readers and are able to use this knowledge in real life applications. The study of language and writing is much more than dissecting sentences and committing a list of grammar rules to memory. It includes learning rules for writing, but it also encompasses learning the concepts that are critical to effective written communication.
  • A Beka Book Language Arts Program gives students the tools they need to write and speak clearly and effectively and to read with comprehension, appreciation, and discernment.
  • Early Primary Language Skills is a resource written by staff at the Moore Homeschooling with written objectives K-3 that is particularly helpful with the late-bloomer. It includes games and ideas for teaching language the Moore Way.
  • Game Way To Phonics and Reading is a book containing active and casual ways to learn vowel sounds. It is fun, yet educationally sound. Included are several 8 1/2 X 11 card stock game materials, a CD of directions and sounds of the vowels, and a Memory type game; based on speech pathology principles for a quick and easy start in learning phonics. Uses all three basic learning modalities avenues. Authored by Moore Homeschooling staff.
  • Phonics Readers from Moore Homeschooling. This set of four sequenced Phonics Readers will help the budding reader apply phonics rules with helpful word lists and correlated character-building stories. Colorfully illustrated.
  • Reading Handbook for Parents offers guidance for parents to study from Ellen Dana, Moore Homeschooling. It is a reference guide with topics related to reading instruction, late bloomers, phonics patterns for reading, spelling success, and more.
  • Seventh-day Adventist Reading Curriculum is available for grades 1 – 4.
  • Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Lessons Children easily move step–by–step with phonics (sounds for letters) and learn the essential skills (left out of other phonics programs) to blend the sounds into words. Built on this unique phonics foundation, children quickly start to read those words in fully illustrated stories. This book was designed to be user–friendly for parents, grandparents, tutors or others who want to teach young (3– to 6–year old) non–readers. The book contains 100 twenty–minute lessons that are clearly color–coded and scripted (including how to motivate, teach, and correct) so that both you and the child you are teaching can be successful. How successful? After kids complete the 100 lessons they read on a solid second grade level. Although the book alone can be used, supplemental materials—training video, training audio, flashcards, and full–sized sounds sheets are also available.
  • Bob Books provide a step-by-step program to guide your child through the early stages of reading. At each level, books are carefully crafted to meet the needs of a particular stage in a child’s reading development. Learning to read with by this method assures children success from their very first reading experience.
  • Hooked on Phonics is a commercial brand of educational materials, originally designed for reading instruction through phonics.
  • Brave Writer  supports and nurtures the homeschooling family in the areas of language arts and writing from grammar school until college with online classes, home study classes, and language arts instruction.
  • Handwriting without Tears is an easy-to-teach, easy-to-learn curriculum that makes handwriting mastery joyful for both students and teachers.
  • Reading Eggs teaches children aged 3 – 13 how to read with motivational online reading lessons and phonics.
  • King Alfred’s English is suitable for upper elementary and high school students. It is a fascinating book to read and will engage your student with paradigm-shifting, faith-building facts.
  • Spelling City is a spelling and vocabulary website for kids. Apps also available.
  • Hewitt Homeschooling offers a helpful program called Lightning Lit and Comp.
  • Grammar Made Easy: Writing a Step Above offers everyday education in grammar through literature.
  • Homeschool Writing Curriculum – The Write Foundation equips the homeschool parent with the materials needed to teach their students how to become accomplished writers.
  • Reading Kingdom offers fun, interactive, online reading programs and games for kids.
  • GoGo Kabongo is a website designed to provide you with reading games that will help children develop great reading skills.
  • Winston Grammar is an easy way to learn grammar. Recommended by Moore Homeschools. Interfaces well as a supplement to a unit study approach.
  • Reading Made Easy helps children develop reading skills. Comes highly recommended by an SDA Homeschool Families mom.
  • Five in a Row/Beyond Five in a Row has helpful activities for teaching language arts.
  • Cadron Creek offers Prairie Primer and Where the Brook and River Meet. Both contain language arts instruction.
  • Samson’s Classroom has reading software for kindergarten and/or first graders.
  • Write Shop is an incremental homeschool writing program that offers creative, expository, narrative, and persuasive writing exercises for grades K – high school.
  • All About Reading and All About Spelling claim to offer top programs for teaching reading and spelling.
  • One Minute Reader teaches reading as a fundamental skill with an easy to use approach. And iPad app that teaches confident readers, one story at a time.
  • The Reading Game is a simple fast action-memory card game that teaches five words at a time. Picture flashcards reinforce words learned through game play with simple phrases and introduce capitalization and punctuation.
  • In Our Write Minds is a blog that shares ideas and prompts for writing.
  • Informal Reading Assessment is free and available online. It helps identify word recognition; does not assess comprehension.
  • AAASpell offers free, online spelling and vocabulary lists by grade level.
  • Poetry for Kids offers a variety of resources that help children learn to read and write poetry.
  • Goodtyping offers a free, online typing class. Twenty-seven lessons. Offered in six languages. Drills and speed tests.
  • Super Teacher Worksheets offers free spelling lists by grade level.
  • DK Books has a variety of beginning readers on true life nature subjects.
  • Phonics by the Book: Beginners Bible Reading Curriculum provides a phonics approach to reading using Bible stories.

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