Full Language Arts Packages
Logic of English
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
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.
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
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.
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)
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!
Explode the Code
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 CodeBeyond 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.
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.
Reading 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)
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
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.
Spelling You See - 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
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 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.
First Language Lessons
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. LinkComes with: This is a stand alone product.
Growing with Grammar
Each grammar book teaches the basics of grammar in a way that is age-appropriate for the level. link