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Logic of English

Foundations A-B Complete SetLogic of EnglishFoundations teaches children age 4-7 to read real books without guessing or memorizing sight words while developing their writing, spelling, and language skills. In Foundations students gain phonemic awareness, learn to read and write the 74 basic phonograms, and increase reading fluency through structured but playful activities. The innovative Rhythm of Handwriting™ method aids students in developing fluid handwriting. Step by step, students grow as readers, moving from phrases to sentences to paragraphs to books. Using evidence-based reading instruction methods, Foundations combines multi-sensory learning with the latest in linguistic research to provide students the best possible foundation for education: strong reading and writing skills.
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Comes with: Level A Teachers Manual and Student Workbook, Doodling Dragons, (Phonogram and Spelling Rule Quick Reference, Rhythm of Handwriting Quick Reference Chart (for cursive only, Rhythm of Handwriting Tactile Cards (by request for K only), Phonogram Game Cards in 2 colors, Basic Phonogram Flash Cards, Phonogram Game Tiles, Spelling Analysis Card, readers.
 
Notes: Logic of English is a very solid phonics foundation that is multi-sensory in nature. It is parent intensive and covers phonics thoroughly.  Foundations is better suited to a student starting K or 1, rather than moving over from another phonics program.
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All About Reading + Informational Readers

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Get ready to make reading your student’s favorite subject of the day! This is a delightful, developmentally appropriate method for learning to read. All About Reading is a scripted, open-and-go program, including hands on letter tiles and fun activities.     link

Comes with:Teacher Manual, Student Activity Packet, 3 Readers, Interactive kit.

Notes: All About Reading is great for struggling readers, but it can be too repetitive for quick learners.  

 

 

Moving Beyond The Page + Quality Phonics 

Get your hands dirty investigating the world around us. Depending on the level you choose, your child will develop an appreciation for world cultures by reading stories from around the world or enjoy dress up activities and practice math skills through literature. This curriculum uses an investigative, hands-on approach and is cross curricular. It is divided by age rather than grade level and you can choose the appropriate level for your child. This is a truly comprehensive curriculum will expose them to science and social studies as well. These subjects can be the most engaging and exciting for a young child. The curriculum is also filled with quality literature to enjoy with your child. link

Comes with: Each Concept comes with a variety of Literature, Manipulatives, a Teachers manual and Student Activity book.

Notes: Moving Beyond The Page is a literature and project based curriculum. There are more activities than one family needs and it can become overwhelming if one chooses to do them all. Our favorite way to use it is to pick and choose between activities or to combine two closely aged siblings in one level, choosing harder acitivities for one student and easier activities for another.  link to placement test

 

 

Language Smarts

This fun, mind building book teaches standards-based language arts and develops critical thinking skills. Language Smarts™ can serve as a complete curriculum for language arts when combined with literature packets and/or trips to the library.  It may also be used  a supplemental resource for online learning.  Each section introduces a specific topic, followed by appropriate practice and application activities. These engaging and colorful lessons develop critical thinking and language arts skills through a variety of activities and different genres: Common Phrases, Palindromes, Pangrams, Mnemonics, Nursery Rhymes, Poems, Folk Tales (Fairy Tales and Fables), Fiction, Non-fiction, Reality, Fantasy, Rhyme, Riddle, and Word Play.       link

Comes with: This is a stand alone product.

Notes: Covers language arts skills through colorful worksheets and doesn't need much parent involvement. Colorful pages.  Great for families who want to cover the basics but leave time to explore or to go with online curriculums.

 

Jack Kris Publishing Combo + Literature Packets
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Growing with Grammar, Soaring with Spelling, and Winning with Writing by Jack Kris Publishing can be combined for a well laid out curriculum that is practical for busy parents.   Each day and week is clearly laid out in each book.   While the pages are simple without lots of color and pictures, they are well laid out and easy to use.  Once a student can read independently they can work relatively independently within this program.   Link
Comes with:   Student Books and Answer keys
Notes:  Each level builds on the prior year, so concepts are repeated.  

 

 

Shurley English
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Shurley English covers grammar and composition. Students memorize jingles to learn grammar. Children memorize jingles to learn some grammar basics. Students learn through the question and answer process. The program also teaches writing in a structured way.link
Comes with: Student Workbook, Teachers Manual with audio CD.  link

Notes:  Solid program but  teacher intensive and uses repetition to teach

 

 

Spectrum Language Arts Combo + Living Books

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Spectrum is a simple workbook combination that is colorful and easy to understand.  Works as a  supplement  when used separately or packaged together.   Packaged set includes Writing, Reading, and Language Arts workbooks.  

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Notes:  Great for families using other more exploratory programs so that there is basic practice but time for other family curriculum choices. 

 

 

Waterford Early Learning (Online)

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Language Arts, Math and Science included. Personalized learning software adapts automatically to give each student a unique learning experience tailored to his or her own skill level and pace–making it ideal for all of your early learners.    link

Notes: This program has successfully given students reading instruction that is easy for parents.  It does involve considerable screen time and may be repetitive for some students. 

 

 

 

Language Arts, Components

Add to your program or let us help you create you own package with  a Phonics, writing, grammar, and spelling with Readers for a full program!

 

Phonics/Reading

 

Explode the CodeProduct Details

Content provides research-based, multisensory instruction best for beginning and struggling readers.    Students that need a bit more practice can gain reinforcement for every skill in the "1/2 books" series allows for extra practice. Consistent exercise formats with simple directions and concrete examples allow students to work and learn independently.   Great for those wanting more independent phonics work.   Link

 

Beyond the Code

pic BTC 1Beyond the code is a reading comprehension and phonics building program that was created to work with explode the code. The books contain introductory (reading warm-up) exercises, reading selections, and follow-up activities that test understanding and critical thinking. It is easy to use and the illustrated stories are leveled to accompany Explode the code.

Comes with: Stand alone product.

Notes: Beyond the Code 1 works well with Explode the Code level 3.

 

 

Phonic Pathways

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Teaches reading using sounds and spelling patterns. These sounds and patterns are introduced one at a time, and slowly built into words, syllables, phrases, and sentences. Simple step-by-step directions begin every lesson.  

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Reading Horizons

 pic discoverylogoReading Horizons is an online reading program that is based on Orton-Gillingham research. This program is explicit, sequential, systematic, and multi-sensory. This program helps student to learn the why behind decoding. It teaches marking to aid students in decoding and has a fun interactive platform with  reading incentives. This makes it an excellent online option for new readers and very helpful for struggling readers.       Link


Notes: This curriculum will cover phonics, spelling and  grammar for young learners but needs writing and comprehension supplementation.
This program requires students to mark words to build decoding skills. 

 

 

Reading Eggs (online)

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Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with engaging online reading games and activities. Children love the games, songs, golden eggs and other rewards, which along with feeling proud of their reading, really motivate children to keep exploring and learning.         link

 

 

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Reading A-Z plus and Headsprout are combined in a single student portal, provided online books, reading practice and fun interactive phonics lessons. Perfect for the student who needs online practice without a lot of games.          

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Spelling

 

Spelling You See - Listen and Write

Listen and WriteThis is a developmentally based spelling program.   It is designed to work with the student as they move through developmental stages of spelling.  This level Focuses on lowercase letter formation, consonants, and short vowels. Moves the student from three-letter words to four-letter and eventually to five-letter words. Includes the focus of each day’s worksheet at the top for easy reference. Contains 36 lessons divided into five parts (A through E). Each part is a day’s lesson and should take no more than ten minutes a day. Features letter boxes to help your child learn sound-to-letter correspondence, a skill needed for reading success. Teaches correct pencil grip and letter formation. Emphasizes the consistent, automatic formation of lowercase letters

While Listen and Write is not a handwriting course, efficient handwriting techniques allow students’ brains to handle these tasks effortlessly and concentrate on more important things, such as sound-to-letter correspondence. This level comes with a handwriting guide for your student. A fun feature of Listen and Write is the stickers that are included. Your student can find a sticker to match a word from the day’s lesson, or simply choose one as a reward for a job well done. The sticker page includes suggestions on how to use them with the lesson. link

Comes with: Instructors Handbook and Student Pack.

Notes:Continual Review is a notable part of the program.  Does not necessarily correlate to grade level.    It does not include the traditional method of handwriting and parents may need to adjust according to the method they prefer.

 

 

Soaring with Spelling

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The spelling and vocabulary worksheets in Level 1 start with a gentler approach by introducing the student to simple one and two-syllable list words for each lesson. The list words for the Level 1 spelling worksheets demonstrate simple long and short vowel sounds, as well as an introduction to vowel and consonant blends. The complexity of the list words and the concepts they cover become more difficult as the Levels progress. link

Comes with: Workbook and Answer Key

Notes:  Pairs well with Growing with Grammar and Winning with Writing.

 

 

Spelling Workout

Spelling Workout will build your child’s spelling foundation. Using principles of phonics, this step-by-step program will introduce your child to the basic building blocks of the written word. Of course, you won’t have to worry about the lesson being too dull – MCP Spelling Workout: Grade 1 uses cross-curricular reading selections sure to keep your child interested in the material. You’ll also have access to puzzles, riddles and activities that put a new spin on Spelling education.    Link

Notes:  This Spelling program is phonics based and includes writing, reading, and editing in higher lessons.

 

 

Grammar

 

First Language Lessons

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A complete beginning grammar text that uses copywork, narration, picture study, and other classical techniques to develop the young student’s language ability. Scripted lessons give the teacher direction and confidence, while pencil reproductions of art work are used to encourage children in oral composition.  Classical method, authored by writers of The Well Trained Mind.   Link

Comes with: This is a stand alone product.
Notes: Is very effective for auditory learners. Requires daily parent involvement.

 

 

Growing with Grammar

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Each grammar book teaches the basics of grammar in a way that is age-appropriate for the level. link

Comes with: Workbook and Answer Key
Notes:   Easy to implement.   
 

 

 

 

Spectrum Language Arts 

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Spectrum is a simple workbook combination that is colorful and easy to understand. Works as a supplement when used separately or packaged together. Packaged set includes Writing, Reading, and Language Arts workbooks. Link to spectrum 

Notes:  Great for families using other more exploratory programs so that there is basic practice but time for other family curriculum choices.

 

 

Writing

 

Writing with Ease

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Provides easy-to-use materials for introducing this classical writing approach to young students.   This approach is one-on-one instruction and focuses on copywork (putting words on paper) and narration of excerpts from quality literature. This is written by the author of  The Well Trained Mind.    Link

Comes with: A stand alone curriculum

Notes:  This pairs well with First Language Lessons and Spelling Workout.  This program is well scripted but requires parent involvement.

 

 

Four Square Writing

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Teach writing skills using this innovative approach. The Four Square method can be used with all forms of writing and will fit any reading or language arts program. This step-by-step approach is built around a simple graphic organizer that first shows students how to collect ideas and then helps them use those ideas to create clear and polished prose. Open-ended reproducibles make the technique accessible to writers of all ability ranges.  link

Notes: A writing method that is easy to teach and understand.

 

 

Winning with Writing

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36 weeks of lessons with one lesson being completed each week. Within each lesson there are five defined days with tasks to be performed each day. This level covers introduction to sentences, different types of sentences, organizing your thoughts for writing, main topics, details, and detail sentences, among other things.    link

Comes with: Workbook and Answer Key

Notes:  Easy to implement.

 

 

Spectrum  Writing

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Spectrum is a simple workbook combination that is colorful and easy to understand. Works as a supplement when used separately or packaged together. Packaged set includes Writing, Reading, and Language Arts workbooks.

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Notes:  Great for families using other more exploratory programs so that there is basic practice but time for other family curriculum choices.

 

 

Writing Skills Workbooks

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This program is a simple, yet colorful workbook that will build wriitng skills in your student. It covers both expository and creative writing. This level will Focus on sentences and then paragraphs in an incremental approach. It gradually brings students up to full writing assignments. Worksheets help students identify parts of speech and know how they're used in a sentence; identify types of sentences; fix fragments; proofread; use story starters; acknowledge sequencing; and more.    Link

Comes with:  workbook

Notes:  Simple and easy to use.

 

Bravewriter

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This program is based on The Writer's Jungle, written by Julie Bogart. The Writer's Jungle is an explanation of Bogart's writing method. One can use The Writer's Jungle to guide writing as a parent designed curriculum. Alternately, the author created a series of writing curriculums and language arts guides (with grammar and literature study) that follow the philosophy of The Writer's Jungle. This curriculum has a feeling of Charlotte Mason.   Link

Notes: This curriculum covers language arts and writing depending on the component you choose, but requires another curriculum to cover foundational skills. It does not focus on expository writing.  Additional components to accompany the writingpic the-wand guides are also published. Portions of this curriculum are only available under individual book titles as it was written as a periodical. Levels in this program do not necessarily correlate to standard grade levels so looking at samples is important.

 

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Math Curriculum

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Math Mammoth

This program focuses on understanding of mathematical concepts by using clear explanations, lots of visual exercises and pattern exercises.  It is mastery oriented: concentrates fairly long on a topic, and then provides review pages. It emphasizes mental math and developing number sense.   The text and workbook are in one so it is easy preparation for parent and student.   link   

Comes with: 2 Worktexts, Test/review book, Answer Key  Link to placement test

Notes: A great curriculum that covers all skills thoroughly.  Full of information, thus the page layout can seem a little overwhelming.  A great fit for the student that loves Math or prefers to work independently.   

 

Math-U-See

This program is a mastery based math with hands on blocks to foster conceptual understanding.   Alpha focuses on teaching the concepts of single digit addition and subtraction. Systematic teaching strategies to help students commit the addition and subtraction facts to memory.  An instructional DVD helps both parents and students.     link

Comes with: Instructional DVD, Integer Block Set, Teacher manual and Student workbook

Notes: Math-U-See works well for struggling learnings or those who prefer a hands on approach. It may be repetitive for students who enjoy a faster pace.                   link to placement test

 

 

Singapore Primary Math

Concrete-to-pictorial-to-abstract approach to teaching. Concrete illustrations are incorporated heavily in the early grades, gradually giving way to more abstract representations so that math is learned meaningfully. The program builds strong problem solving, critical thinking, and computational skills through well-chosen practice problems.   link

Comes with: Workbooks A & B, Text A & B, Optional - Home Instructor Guide

Notes: Colorful kid friendly pages   link to placement test

 

 

Right Start Math

This unique, award-winning, Image 1hands-on program de-emphasizes counting, uses visualization of quantities, and provides strategies and visual pictures for learning the facts. Understanding and problem solving are emphasized throughout the curriculum. The primary learning tool is the AL Abacus, a specially designed two-sided abacus that is both kinesthetic and visual. The AL Abacus is grouped in fives and tens for quick recognition of quantities. The second side of the AL Abacus teaches place value to the thousands. Children develop visual strategies as they use this manipulative. Practice is provided with math card games, minimizing review worksheets and eliminating stressful flash cards. These games provide interesting and varied repetition that is needed for the automatic responses to the facts. More importantly, these games provide an application for new information and create hours of fun learning math facts and concepts.   link

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Comes with: Lesson book, Worksheets, CD, Games book and complete manipulatives set

Notes: A great Math, especially for struggling learners.  Very parent intensive.  It includes many games and manipulatives.  The AL Abacus is used on a regular basis with this program   link to placement test

 

 

Saxon Math

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Start your child off the right way in math with a clearly designed, hands-on program already proven by thousands of homeschoolers across the country. Math K helps you teach the foundational skills that children require, including oral counting; recognizing and sequencing numbers; acting out addition and subtraction stories; counting with one-to-one correspondence; identifying and counting pennies, nickels, and dimes; sorting; telling time to the hour; and using a calendar.  Link

Comes with: Teachers Manual, Home Study Meeting Book, 2 Student Workbooks and flashcards.

Notes: Saxon Math is a spiral math with lots of review.   It has excellent math facts drill but a very dry presentation.  Black and white only.   Manipulatives available for younger grade levels         link to placement test

 

Math in Focus

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Math in Focus provides an authentic Singapore math curriculum, highlighting problem solving as the focus of mathematical learning. This complete program teaches concepts using a concrete-pictorial-abstract learning progression to anchor learning in real-world and hands-on experiences. Each topic is approached with the expectation that students will understand both "how" it works, and also "why."  Link to placement test


Comes with:  Student Textbook, Student Workbook, and Answer Key, with Assessments available separately.

Notes:  This program uses concrete- pictorial-abstract method of instruction in a colorful format but maintains a traditional textbook feel.

 

 

Waterford Early Learning (online)

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Language Arts, Math and Science included. Personalized learning software adapts automatically to give each student a unique learning experience tailored to his or her own skill level and pace.     link

Notes: As an online curriculum Waterford needs considerable screen time. It is interactive has targeted remediation and progress reports.

 

 

Math Seeds (online)

A full K-2 Math curriculum that provides structured instruction through fun graphics and games. Clever motivational tools like hatching pets keep students engaged.     Link

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Notes:  It is recommended that you use a paper supplement when using this for a full curriculum.  May also be used as a supplement only.

 

 

 

Ascend Math

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Ascend Math offers personalized learning plans, and continuous assessment. It provides math tutorials that are prescribed to fill any gaps that a student may have. It has been designed for intervention to catch up students quickly but also covers the math skills required at each grade level.

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Notes: Printable worksheets to go with this program are available.

 

Dreambox (online supplement)

Dreambox is an adaptive,  math curriculum.  It is meant to personalized to the individual.  The students learn concepts through game play.   link

Notes: Not a complete curriculum on its own but can be used in combination with workbooks.  When used alone, it  may be difficult to transfer those same skills to paper.

 

 

 

Sumdog (online supplement)

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Sumdog is a fun math practice program that uses games and competition to build math skills.      Link

Notes:  Somewhat trendy graphics.