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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. The literature units can be used independently from the science and social studies units. This provides you with the option of utilizing Moving Beyond the Page as an independent language arts program or as a science / social studies program to supplement your current curriculum.   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



Shurley EnglishShurley English Level 5 Kit -

Nurture a love of the English language, along with an understanding of how it’s correctly used, with Shurley English. Students will repeatedly practice old and new skills, developing their mastery of English in reading, writing, and even thinking skills. This kit is comprised of the student workbook and the teacher’s manual. Encouraging student-teacher interaction, the teacher’s manual features comprehensive chapters that include scripted lessons and everything needed for the lesson, including jingles, exercises, lessons, study notes, tests, checks, writing activities, and more. Eat also comes with an audio CD to help teach jingles and other concepts. link

Comes with: Student Workbook, Teachers Manual with audio CD.


Spectrum Language Arts Combo + Living Books

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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 family interests.  


Reading Detective

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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

Notes:  For strong fifth grade readers who want to have time to explore other academic interests such as great works or literature or independent study projects.


Jack Kris Publishing Combo + Literature and 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.



Logic of English Essentials (remedial)

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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 


Time4Learning provides the tools and resources students need to build skills and confidence in the core subjects like math, language arts, science, and social studies.

Time4Learning is a flexible, online curriculum that can be tailored to your child’s individual needs.The comprehensive, award-winning curriculum allow students to study confidently and excel at their own pace, making it ideal for all kinds of learners, whether they are mainstream, gifted or special needs.

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Watorford (online)

Image result for waterford early learningLanguage 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.

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Language Arts Supplements



Reading Detective

pic rd a1The 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

Notes: For strong fifth grade readers who want to have time to explore other academic interests such as great works or literature or independent study projects.

Reading Eggspress (online)

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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.  link


Reading A to Z (Online)

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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 or reading comprehension lessons for older students. Perfect for the student who needs online practice without a lot of games. link

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Reading Horizons Elevate (online, remedial)

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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.

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Notes:  This program covers reading intervention at this level but requires other supplementation. 



Spelling You See (Video Overview)

American Spirit

American Spirit continues to guide students through the Skill Development Stage. Students will read about various people and events from American history, with a gradually increasing reading level. At the same time, the emphasis on the mastery of everyday words continues, building a strong foundation for the next stage of spelling.

Features nonfiction stories about people and events from American history

  • Involves the three core activities for Spelling You See:
    • chunking – provides hands-on experience with English’s many irregular letter patterns
    • 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 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.


Soaring with Spelling

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Each lesson within the Level 5 spelling and vocabulary program contains 14 list words. List words are progressively more difficult than those used in prior levels. Multi-syllable words and more complex words are common in this level. Lessons contain games such as deciphering puzzles, word jumbles, crossword puzzles, word search, definition matching, unscrambling words, identifyng misspelled list words in a paragraph or sentence, alphabetizing word groups, and complete the sentenceslink

Comes with: Workbook and Answer Key.


All About Spelling (Video Overview)

All About Spelling Level 4 In Level 4, your student will continue to learn encoding skills, reliable spelling rules, and multisensory strategies for spelling, along with exciting new concepts including 12 new phonograms, prefixes, strategies for multisyllable words, abbreviations, and words with unaccented A. Phonological awareness and encoding skills are taught throughout Level 4. link

Comes with: Teachers Manual, Student Pack and Interactive Kit (If you are using this curriculum with All About Reading the Interactive Kit is the same so you only need one).

Notes: All About Spelling recommends that students follow the sequence of the program starting with level 1.


Spelling Workout

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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. Packed with flexible lessons, motivating activites, including fun riddles and puzzles, this dynamic program leads students to spelling successLink

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

McRuffy Spelling and Vocabulary

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McRuffy 5 Spelling:VocabMcRuffy Spelling and vocabulary is an organized spelling curriculum consisting of pre-tests, post tests and worksheets for each day of the week.   Worksheets include spelling skills such as syllables and context clues for vocabulary.  This curriculum also includes a make your own dictionary.  

Notes: Language Arts for this level is under development. 


Growing with Grammar

pic GWG 5Simple subjects and complete subjects, simple predicates and complete predicates, diagramming compound subjects and predicates, avoiding run-ons, divided quotations, outlining, advanced capitalization, appositive nouns, multiple direct objects, predicate nouns, subject verb agreement with more than one subject, confusing verbs, the antecedent, subject and object pronouns, reflexive pronouns, demonstrative pronouns, indefinite pronouns, interrogative pronouns, indefinite pronouns, interrogative pronouns, compound words, proper and predicate adjectives, using apostrophes, degrees of adverbs. link

Comes with: Workbook and Answer Key.


Editor in Chief

Editor in Chief® Level 1Improves students’ grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and attention to detail using a standards-based thinking approach rather than drill and practice. This effective 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. The grammatical and mechanical errors in the paragraphs are based on general instructional guidelines for specific grade levels; the content level, however, is ungraded, allowing usage of these materials at many instructional levels. 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 illustrations integrated into the context of the activities further spark student interest. The skills developed can be applied to the students’ own writing. Detailed answers are also included. link


The Language Mechanic

The Language MechanicThe Language Mechanic is a comprehensive program that 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


IEW Fix It!

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Students hunt for and correct errors in daily passages that cumulatively tell a story. Fix It! encourages students to immediately apply new grammar knowledge in context, aiding in the transfer of grammar skills into their own writing.   link

Comes with: Teacher and student book

Notes: IEW breaks lesson down by day but many families may find it easier to use IEW 1 or 2 days per week and combine the lessons.




Spectrum Language Arts (Video Overview)

pic spectrumSpectrum 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. 




Writing with Skill

Writing with Skill Student Workbook Level 1; Level 5 of The Complete Writer - By: Susan Wise Bauer

Writing with Skill  was designed for students to begin to work independently, and the text is written directly to the student. Organized by days, each "step" progressively moves students through the workbook as they move from one day to the next. Covering the basics of composition, outlining, sentence skills, beginning literary criticism of poetry and prose, writing narratives and descriptions, and researching and documenting sources, the course culminates with a final project. All source material is included; students will need to write their assignments in a separate book. Grade 5-8. Link

Comes with: Instructor Text and Student Workbook.

Notes:  This program is best for students who have already exposed to writing.

Four Square Writing

Teach writing skills using this innovative new 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. This is a great program for beginning writers.


Spectrum Writing

pic spectrumSpectrum 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 family interests.  This program I intended as a supplement to additional writing assignments.


Writing Skills

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This is a simple, yet colorful workbook that will build wriitng skills in your student. It covers both expository and creative writing. This level will cocus on progressively more complex writing skills.  The incremental approach help students learn to write a personal narrative and a short report while teaching them about how-to, descriptive, comparative, and story writing.  Link

Notes:  Colorful, easy to use.

Comes with:  Workbook

Winning with Writing

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This level covers direct, indirect quotations, dialogue, the writing process, creative writing, personal narrative, descriptive writing, persuasive writing, informational writing, compare and contrast writing, and explanatory writing, among other things. link

Comes with: 2 Workbooks and Answer Key.

Notes:  Pairs well with Growing with Grammar and Soaring with Spelling.




IEW (Video Overview)

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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.

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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 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.

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Word Roots

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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

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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


Math Mammoth


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 by the author:  link

Math-U-See (Video Overview)

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  • Recognizing and generating equivalent fractions
  • Understanding addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions and mixed numbers
  • Fluently adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions and mixed numbers
  • Using multiple strategies to recognize common factors
  • Understanding grouping symbols and their effect on order of operations
  • Interpreting and solving word problems
  • Comparing, and converting decimal fractions
  • Finding the area and circumference of circles
  • Classifying quadrilaterals
  • Representing fractions and fractional measurements on line plots and number lines
  • Using coordinates to represent ordered relationships link

Comes with: Instructional DVD, Integer Block Set, Fraction Overlay Tiles, 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 (Video Overview #1) (Video Overview#2)

Singapore Math: Primary Math Workbook 5A US Edition - 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

Image 1This 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 RS2_Math_Set_2015_11__84705.1459960017.1280.1280
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 to help explain the games:  link


Saxon Math (Video Overview)

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Saxon Math Homeschool 6/5 teaches math with a spiral approach, which emphasizes incremental development of new material and continuous review of previously taught concepts.

The Saxon 65 textbook covers concepts such as: the order of operations; geometry and measurement; integers; divisibility concepts; ratios; statistics and probability; prime and composite numbers; patterns and sequences; and powers and roots. Students will specifically learn about making a multiplication table, adding/subtracting fractions with a common denominator, multiplying by multiples of 10 and 100, perimeter, simple probability, decimal parts of a meter, reciprocals, volume, square roots, graphing points on a coordinate plane, and more.  link

Comes with: Student Text, Tests & Worksheets, Solutions Manual. 

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

Beast Academy (Video Overview)
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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.  Link


Math in Focus (Video Overview)


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.


Aleks Math

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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

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.


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


Dreambox (online)

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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.

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Sumdog (online)

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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.