Full Language Arts Packages
Moving Beyond The Page
Blast into the solar system and explore the depths of ocean. Follow American History from the first colonies, to westward expansion, to the lives of the immigrants. Learn about the 50 states and research the history of your own state. Moving Beyond the Page curriculum covers the standards in science, social studies, and language arts. Through projects, worksheets, and literature students will gain the knowledge they need. You may choose to integrate the social studies and science units with the language arts or to choose to use them alone. 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
McRuffy Language ArtsThis is a scripted, all in one language arts program for K-4. Handwriting is included at the option of the teacher/parent in cursive or manuscript. At the K-2 levels, it is focused around a weekly phonics lesson, with skills introduced by the parent, and practice through daily color worksheets and readers. Worksheets and readers are the core of this program. This program is more parent intensive at the K-2 level and lessens at 3rd and 4th when readers also change to chapters within a bound volume.
Note: Includes practice through optional online “playground” on the McRuffy website.
Language Smarts™ Level E (4th grade) is a colorful, fun, 400-page book. It teaches the reading, writing, spelling, punctuation, grammar, and thinking skills students are expected to learn in fourth grade. Language Smarts™ can serve as a complete curriculum for language arts when combined with literature packets and/or trips to the libary. Improve your students’ language arts skills while you develop their critical thinking skills. Each section introduces a specific topic, followed by appropriate practice and application activities. This level covers: parts of speech, punctuation, sentences and paragraphs, homophones and homographs, fact or inferences, writing, and more. 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.
Nurture a love of the English language, along with an understanding of how it's correctly used, with Shurley English. Appealing to multiple learning styles, students will repeatedly practice old and new skills, developing their mastery of English in reading, writing, and even thinking skills. The teacher's manual encourages student-teacher interactions with scripted lessons. Students books contain a jingle section, reference section, practice section, and test section. An audio CD with the jingles and introductory sentences is also included to help students remember concepts. This level 4 kit covers all eight parts of sentence types; parts of speech including indirect objects; quotations; reference skills; usage including pronoun/antecedent agreement; capitalization including outlines; verbs; pronouns; conjunctions; punctuation; letter, expository, persuasive, descriptive, narrative, and creative writing; figures of speech and writing autobiographies. link
Comes with: Student Workbook, Teachers Manual with audio CD.
Notes: Solid program but teacher intensive and uses repetition to teach.
The standards-based critical thinking activities of Reading Detective® develop the analysis, synthesis, and vocabulary skills students need for exceptional reading comprehension. The activities are especially effective at helping students understand more challenging reading concepts such as drawing inferences, making conclusions, determining cause-and-effect, and using context clues to define vocabulary. Students read and analyze short literature passages and stories that include fiction and nonfiction genres. Then they answer multiple-choice and short-response questions, citing sentence evidence to support their answers. link
Jack Kris Publishing Combo + Literature Packets
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.
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. 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.
Logic of English Essentials (remedial)
Essentials curriculum uses proven, research-based methods to teach remedial students ages 8 to adult to read, spell, and write successfully. Essentials improves the spelling and reading skills of all learners by providing linguistically accurate phonics instruction, fluency practice, morphology and vocabulary development, grammar, and composition. Clear instructions and scripted lessons allow teachers, tutors, and parents to learn alongside their students, developing their own understanding of the structure of English as they teach. Multi-sensory instruction and a variety of multi-sensory exercises allow teachers to customize the curriculum for the needs of their students, paving the way to success in reading for all kinds of learners. link
Comes with: Essentials Teacher's Guide,Essentials Student Workbooks, Spelling Journal, Basic Phonogram Flash Cards, Spelling Rule Flash Cards, Advanced Phonogram Flash Cards, Grammar Flash Cards, Phonogram Game Cards (2 sets in different colors),Phonogram Game Tiles, Phonogram and Spelling Rule Quick Reference, Spelling Analysis Card.
Notes: Logic of English is a very solid phonics foundation that will start at square one and progress very quickly. It is meant for remediation students above age 8. It is quite parent intensive but may raise reading level significantly. Placement Help
Language Arts Supplements
Reading Eggspress (online)
Reading Eggspress makes reading real books, improving spelling skills and building reading comprehension highly engaging for kids aged 7 to 13. The online reading program is packed with hundreds of interactive reading activities, online children’s books, and literacy games. And it really works! link
Reading A to Z (Online)
Reading A-Z plus and Headsprout are combined in a single student portal, provided online books, reading practice and fun interactive phonics lessons or comprehension lessons for older students. Perfect for the student who needs online practice without a lot of games.
All About Reading
Your student will learn exciting new concepts, including words with multiple suffixes, fifteen new phonograms, and methods for decoding multisyllable words – and continue to establish a firm foundation for a lifetime of learning. Every component of reading is taught: decoding (phonics and structural analysis), vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. link
Comes with: Teacher Manual, Student Activity Packet, 2 Readers, Interactive kit.
Notes: All About Reading is great for struggling readers, but it can be too repetitive for quick learners. link to placement test
Reading Horizons Elevate (online, remedial)
This is an online program designed for students in 3rd grade or above that are struggling with reading. This is a program designed for specifically for struggling readers that delves deeper into reading instruction and differentiates to meet student needs.
Notes: This program will cover grammar and spelling but requires the addition of writing and literature packets at this level.
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.
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.
Spelling You See
Americana continues the Skill Development Stage of spelling. Students will read nonfiction stories about American history and culture. The reading level gradually increases, providing opportunities for vocabulary development and allowing students to learn how to spell words in an interesting context.
- Features nonfiction stories about American history and culture
- Involves the three core activities for Spelling You See:
- chunking – provides hands-on experience with the many irregular letter patterns in English
- copywork – requires the brain to pay attention to details in print
- dictation – gives an opportunity for student to demonstrate decoding and encoding in a meaningful context
- Gradually increases in reading level, providing opportunities for vocabulary development and allowing students to learn how to spell words in an interesting context
- Includes 36 weekly lessons divided between two books; each lesson has five parts
- Has daily activities consisting of two facing pages
Comes with: Instructors Handbook and Student Pack.
Notes: Continual Review is a notable part of the program. Does not necessarily correlate to grade level.
Soaring with Spelling
List words are mostly two-syllable words and some complex single syllable words and some multi-syllable words. Lessons contain games such as crossword puzzles, word search, definition matching, unscrambling words, identifying misspelled list words in a paragraph, alphabetizing words, complete the sentences, match the picture to the list word, and identifying words that make certain sounds. link
Comes with: Workbook and Answer Key.
All About Spelling
In Level 3, your student will continue to learn encoding skills, reliable spelling rules, and multisensory strategies for spelling, along with exciting new concepts including 10 new phonograms, the jobs of Silent E, words with C+l-e syllables, contractions, homophones, consonant and vowel suffixes, and past tense. Phonological awareness and encoding skills are taught throughout Level 3. link
Comes with: Teachers Manual, Student Pack and Interactive Kit
Notes: All About Spelling level 3 goes with All About Reading level 4
(Students should complete All About Spelling Level 2 before starting Level 3.)
Spelling Workout has all the components you need to lead students from simple sound-letter relationships to more complex spelling patterns. Students learn spelling skills based on phonics through unique, cross-curricular reading passages, practice, and high-interest writing activities. link
Notes: This Spelling program is phonics based and includes writing, reading, and editing in higher lessons.
First Language Lessons
This workbook uses classical techniques of memorization, dictation, narration, and diagramming to develop your child's language ability in the important, foundational years of language study. The Student Workbook provides complete worksheets for the student, making it possible for busy parents and teachers to spend more time teaching and less time preparing. Link
Comes with: Teacher Edition and Student Workbook.
Notes: Is very effective for auditory learners. Requires daily parent involvement.
Growing with Grammar
Diagramming compound subjects and predicates, combing sentences, identifying two subjects and two predicates in a sentence, diagramming questions and commands, direct quotations, indirect quotations. Writing a paragraph, concrete and abstract nouns, nouns of direct address, compound nouns, noun suffixes, dictionary skills, giving directions predicate nouns, contractions formed with pronouns, helping verbs, verb phrases, verb tenses, writing a narrative paragraph, diagramming adjectives and adverts, double negatives, writing a descriptive paragraph, prepositional phrases used as adverbs and adjectives, diagramming prepositional phrases, conjunctions, interjections, writing a book report, and more. link
Comes with: Workbook and Answer Key.
Editor in Chief
Improves students’ grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and attention to detail using a standards-based thinking approach rather than drill and practice. This method teaches students to carefully analyze and edit stories. This book includes 16 lessons in grammar and mechanics. Students identify and circle errors in each story and write their correction. Writing styles and content are varied to sustain interest and to broaden the students’ exposure to different writing formats, such as letters, stories, and dialogue. The skills developed can be applied to the students’ own writing. Detailed answers are also included. link
The Language Mechanic
The Language Mechanic program uses fun examples and logical reasons to eliminate the confusion students often feel while learning the mechanics of language. This book demonstrates and reinforces why each language rule is important. Lessons begin with a "grabber" - a humorous miscommunication that results when a rule is broken. Examples are followed by an explanation of the specific rule, the logic behind it, then guided and independent practice. link
Spectrum Language Arts
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.
Writing with Ease
provides easy-to-use materials for introducing this comprehensive writing approach to young students; an approach that understands the need for one-on-one instruction and focuses on copywork (putting words on paper) and narration (putting ideas into words). Link
Comes with: This is a stand alone book.
Four Square Writing
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.
Winning with Writing
This level covers direct, indirect quotations, dialogue, the writing process, creative writing, how-to-writing, personal narrative, descriptive writing, and persuasive writing. link
Comes with: 2 Workbooks and Answer Key.
Spectrum WritingSpectrum 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 shorter attentions spans or for families using other more exploratory programs so that there is basic practice but time for family interests.
Institute for Excellence in Writing:
Recorded live with Mr. Andrew Pudewa, this four-DVD writing course for elementary students new to IEW lays a solid foundation of writing skills. Over the course of 15–30 weeks, students will learn how to effectively use a wide range of structural models and stylistic techniques in their compositions, as they write on a variety of enjoyable fiction and non-fiction topics. Included with the student handouts are complete teacher's notes, source texts, assignments, and checklists. link
Notes: Great for 4th through 6th graders. Book based IEW is also available for parents who are familiar with the method. This is an effective but non-traditional writing method.
Video Overview of IEW
Writing Skills Workbooks
This program is a simple, yet colorful workbook that will build wriitng skills in your student. It covers both expository and creative writing with an incremental approach. It gradually brings students up to full writing assignments such as personal narratives and short reports. Link
Notes: Colorful and Easy to use.
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 writing 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.
Word Roots Beginning
Students learn the meaning and spelling of roots, prefixes, and suffixes commonly used in English. Learning these word elements dramatically improves spelling and the ability to decode unfamiliar words. The activities focus on using these words in context to help students incorporate each word into their vocabulary and retain the correct spelling. There are periodic reviews to make sure students retain what is taught in the lessons. Word Roots books will add hundreds of words to your students’ vocabulary and greater depth to their thinking and writing. link
Wordly Wise 3000® provides systematic academic vocabulary instruction—developing the critical link between vocabulary and reading comprehension. The program incorporates the use of context clues, word study, reading comprehension, and writing. The words presented are commonly encountered in grade-level literature, textbooks, and standardized tests. Link
Focuses on understanding of mathematical concepts. Uses clear explanations, lots of visual exercises and pattern exercises. Mastery oriented: concentrates fairly long on a topic, with fairly few topics per grade. Emphasizes mental math and developing number sense. Very little preparation needed. link
Comes with: 2 Worktexts
Notes: A great curriculum that covers all skills really well. Crammed full of information so page layout can seem a little overwhelming. No color. A great fit for the student that gets Math. 2 workbooks A & B. link to placement test
youtube videos bythe author: link
- Using strategies based on place value and properties of operations to divide
- Understanding division as solving for an unknown factor
- Fluently dividing any combination of whole numbers
- Solving abstract and real-world problems involving all four operations
- Interpreting remainders in short and long division
- Understanding fraction notation in light of division link
Comes with: Instructional DVD, Integer Block Set, Teacher manual and Student workbook.
Notes: Math-U-See works well for struggling learners or those who prefer a hands on approach. It may be repetitive for students who enjoy a fast pace. link to placement test
Singapore Primary Math
The students are provided with the necessary learning experiences beginning with the concrete and pictorial stages, followed by the abstract stage to enable them to learn mathematics meaningfully. This approach encourages active thinking process, communication of mathematical ideas and problem solving. This helps develop the foundation students will need for more advanced mathematics. Practice exercises are designed to provide the students with further practice after they have done the relevant workbook exercises. Review exercises are provided for cumulative reviews of concepts and skills. All the practice exercises and review exercises are optional exercises.
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, hands-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
Comes with: Lesson book, Worksheets, CD, Games book and complete manipulatives set.
Notes: A great Math especially for struggling learners, but is very parent intensive. Lots of games and manipulatives. AL Abacus is primary manipulative. link to placement test
Youtube videos explaining the games. link
Focusing on algebraic reasoning and geometric concepts, Saxon Math Homeschool 5/4 teaches math with a spiral approach, which emphasizes incremental development of new material and continuous review of previously taught concepts.
Following Saxon Math 3 the Saxon 54 textbook covers concepts such as number sense, numeration, numerical operations, measurement and geometry, patterns, relationships, math functions, and data manipulation are introduced. Students will specifically learn to add three-digit numbers, subtract numbers with re-grouping, read time, write numbers, estimate arithmetic answers, divide with two-digit answers, multiply three or more factors, simplify fraction answers, use a decimal number line, and more. link
Comes with: Teachers Manual, Home Study Meeting Book, Student Workbooks and factcards.
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
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
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.
Beast Academy books provide a curriculum that is both rigorous and complete as well as engaging and entertaining. Each grade is split into four parts (A-D). For each part there is a Guide and a Practice book.
Guides provide instruction delivered by the Academy instructors in a comic book style that encourages reasoning and problem solving.
Practice books provide hundreds of problems, puzzles, and games to reinforce the lessons. Link
Notes: This program was written for advanced math students. Problems are generally fewer but more difficult. The 5th grade level prepares students for Pre-Algebra. Please see the site for placement test.
Aleks Math is a research-based, online program that offers course products for mathematics, business, science, and behavioral science. Using personalized learning and adaptive assessments, ALEKS quickly and accurately determines exactly what a student is most ready to learn. This unique approach to learning dramatically improves student performance and confidence. link
Notes: Very simple style. No videos until older grades. Has a great facts mastery program.
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.
Notes: Printable worksheets to go with this program are available.
Dreambox is an adaptive, math curriculum. It is meant to personalized to the individual. The students learn concepts through game play. link
Sumdog (online supplement only)
Sumdog is a fun math practice program that uses games and competition to build math skills. Link
Notes: Somewhat trendy graphics.