Language Arts, Full Packages
Moving Beyond The Page
Explore how earthquakes, climate, ocean waves, and volcanoes make the world such a dynamic planet. Journey to the microscopic world of cells to learn how building blocks of life function and reproduce. Read incredible stories about men and women in our country’s past who sacrificed to ensure freedom and equal treatment for all. Experiment with chemical and physical changes. Moving Beyond the Page is an engaging, project based curriculum that covers the standards in science, social studies, and language arts. The literature units can be used independently of 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 based curriculum. It does become overwhelming with so many activities. Our favorite way to use it is to pick and choose between activities and not become bogged down by doing all of them. link to placement test
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 include everything needed for the lesson. An audio CD with the jingles and introductory sentences is also included to help students remember concepts such as parts of speech. link
Comes with: Student Workbook, Teachers Manual with audio CD.
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: Perfect to accompany trips to library and for families who want to cover the basics but leave time to explore.
Jack Kris Publishing Combo + Literature and 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 + Readers and Packets
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 family interests.
Language Arts Supplements
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 sixth 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)
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)
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 at higher levels. Perfect for the student who needs online practice without a lot of games. link
Spelling You See
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
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 sentences.link
Comes with: Workbook and Answer Key.
All About Spelling
All About Spelling is a building block program: each level builds upon the previous one. In order to build a strong foundation, most students start with Level 1. In Level 5 your student will continue to learn encoding skills, reliable spelling rules, and multisensory strategies for spelling. 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).
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 success. link
Notes: This Spelling program is phonics based and includes writing, reading, and editing in higher lessons.
Growing with Grammar
Simple 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
Improves 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 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!
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.
Writing with Skill
Susan Wise Bauer wrote the Writing with Skill for students to begin to work through 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. Using extensive literary models and step-by-step instructions on the lesson concepts, students will gain the tools needed to write with clarify and confidence. 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.
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.
Winning with Writing
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.
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 family interests. This program I intended as a supplement to additional writing assignments.
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.
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. 6th graders who are well prepared may want to use IEW B.
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
There are lots of youtube videos by Maria Miller (the author) here is a link
Zeta extends the student’s concept of place value to the right of the decimal point. Students learn to complete core operations with decimals and the . connection between fractions and decimals. It also expands understanding of place value from positive powers of ten to include decimals. It builds
fluently in adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing multiple digit decimals using place-value strategies and covers solving real-world problems with decimals and percentages. Also,
understanding the metric system and converting from one unit of measure to another. link
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: This level isn’t a complete curriculum and will need supplementation. Colorful kid friendly pages. link to placement test
Comes with: A stand alone book.
Notes: Colorful pages, self directed.
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
Saxon Math Homeschool 7/6 teaches math with a spiral approach, which emphasizes incremental development of new material and continuous review of previously taught concepts.
Math 7/6 introduces new concepts your child will need for upper-level algebra and geometry. After every 10th lesson there is an Investigation – an extensive examination of a specific math topic, discussed at length to ensure understanding. Link
Comes With: Student Text, Tests and Worksheets Book, Solutions Manual.
Notes: Saxon Math is a spiral math with lots of review. It has excellent math facts drill but a dry presentation. Black and white only. Manipulatives available for younger grade levels.
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."
Comes with: Student Textbook, Student Workbook, and Answer Key, with Assessments available separately. Link
Notes: This program uses concrete- pictorial-abstract method of instruction in a colorful format but maintains a traditional textbook feel.
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
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 is a fun math practice program that uses games and competition to build math skills. Link
Notes: Somewhat trendy graphics.