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Homeschool Moms Share: Favorite Language Arts Curriculum

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Favorite Language Arts Curriculum
I am working on compiling curriculum favorites for each of the various subject areas. If you missed the first post, it was all about science check it out HERE. Today is a round-up of favorite homeschool language arts curriculum: spelling, reading, writing, phonics, and grammar.  This is a BIG one with so much information. Most of these I have never used, so I don’t have much information on them other than what I found on their websites. I am so grateful for all of the responses I received & have really enjoyed browsing through all of the different options. There is so much available for homeschoolers that it can tend to be overwhelming. I hope seeing these will help you to narrow down your choices for your family (instead of overwhelm!)
This is by no means everything available… I am sure I left off some great things.  If I am missing you favorite, let me know & I can add it to the list!
Spelling:
All About Spelling- this one topped the list as a favorite everywhere I asked.  We are using it, too & love it! It is simple to use & fun for kids.

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Reading/Phonics: 

All About Reading- HIGHLY recommended by many.

McRuffy Press They have a Language Arts & Reading program as well as a Spelling/Phonics program. Both look really great.

Bob Books-  I have been using these books for years with my kids and really like them.
They are great early readers!

 

Reading In First from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Preschool Prep DVD series- I have seen these movies advertised and they really sound fun. I am sure they are great for little ones!

Reading Horizons- A program for learning to read that has software as well as a lot of hands-on teaching materials.
Little Angel Readers- Catholic-based readers that look darling!
Explode the Code- these are fun workbooks that teach in an engaging way. We have been using them for a few years now and my kids always enjoy the lessons.
Happy Phonics- This is a program that teaches through games.  I have heard great things about it from several of my friends.
Institute for Excellence in WritingMy Review, Bow of Bronze, Mom’s Heart  I have been using this program all year and LOVE it. MY daughter has really excelled with it.
Spalding Method (Writing Road to Reading)- I have heard lots about this one… it is popular.
Reading Eggs- this is a fun website that teaches reading skills to early readers. We have enjoyed using it for several months now.
Wordly Wise- this is a series of workbooks that teaches vocabulary.

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Handwriting/Writing: 

Handwriting Without Tears- a fun handwriting program that we have been using for a few months now with great success!

Essentials in Writing- DVD’s that teach writing skills for 1st-12th graders. Also includes worksheets to go along with the lessons. A lot of people mentioned that they like this program. Review from My Joy Filled Life.

Winning With Writing- I used this and their grammar program this year for my son. The books are very well done & the price is great!

Writing Strands

Wordsmith Apprentice (pre-writing for grades 4-6)


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Grammar:

Growing With Grammar- I used this with my 2nd grader this year & was very happy with it.
Rod & Staff – Building Christian English seems to be another popular curriculum.
 

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Literature:
 
 
Progeny Press- they have over 100 study guides for literature in all grades.

Sonlight Reading list- they have GREAT books! I have looked there for many ideas for my family.
Ambleside Online Reading List- another favorite site of min to look for great books
Lightning Literature (Middle School & up)
Excellence in Literature (Older grades) this teaches reading and writing through the classics.
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Complete L.A. Programs:

Memoria Press- My Review
This is a classical-based curriculum. We have used many of their things & LOVE them! I have been really impressed with this company.


Abeka- this curriculum was mentioned a lot as a favorite. You can buy a full language arts kit, or separate parts of it.
The Phonics RoadMy Review- this program teaches reading, phonics and writing all in one. It is pretty impressive!
Character Quality Language Arts review from Thinking Kids- this sounds like a fabulous product and I am excited to look into it more.
Christian Light Publications- we have used their math program and loved it, now I am seriously considering this one. It looks fantastic!

First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind- I have read this book & we used it for a bit with my oldest son. It is the classical method of schooling.
And now, I would love to hear what your favorite is!
Did I leave it out?Check out the other posts in this series here:

Favorite Math Curriculum

Favorite Science Curriculum

Favorite History & Geography Curriculum

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Comments

  1. Another great resource! Thanks for putting this together!

    I just love the graphic at the top, nicely done.

    I completely forgot to mention EIW! We reviewed that and really enjoyed it; we are continuing to use it and will most likely use it next year.

    Here’s my review if you are interested in including it.

    http://www.myjoyfilledlife.com/2013/03/essentials-in-writing-review.html

    Thanks!

  2. Thanks, Sarah! I’ll add it in to the post.

  3. Thanks for all the suggestions!

  4. I will have to look into all your links above! I’m surprised not to see Beautiful Feet as a literature curriculum and Memoria Press as a complete curriculum! I think I will be using MP or MFW when my son is older than 2 :) lol I try to study all of them :)

  5. Thanks for sharing! Just started homeschooling my 2-year-old, so I’m loving the homsechooling blogs! Stopping by from UBP (finally, I know–was on vacation!). Have a great day!

  6. Where are your social media buttons? Just tried to follow you and can’t find them!

  7. I agree with the other comments, that is a super cute graphic you made, and a great collection of resources!

  8. Another great list of resources that you have put together Karyn! Our family LOVES McRuffy Language Arts!! Thank you so much for including my Reading in 1st Reader Series :-)

  9. I’m loving all your curriculum lists! I’m getting great ideas for next year!!! We love All About Spelling also. The price is great and its a very easy program to use. My daughter loves all the manipulatives and add ins in the program. I ordered Winning with Writing and Growing with Grammar for this year and am excited to get started with them. For reading we used Rocket Phonics that isn’t listed here. It is a bit pricey but I got mine used for way less and have been pleased. I’d considered All About Reading also but Rocket Phonics has been good for us. I love how it broke down small lessons and showed kids how they could “read” after just that first lesson. The “secret codes” really helped to get my son interested.

  10. Hello! I have a question about your grammar, spelling, reading, and writing choices. I really liked both of your All About Spelling/Reading suggestions along with your Winning with Writing and Growing with Grammar. I see that they also offer a Soaring with Spelling and Vocabulary book and were wondering why you decided to split them? I like them both and am having a hard time choosing between the two but thought I would ask your first hand experience. Thanks so much! I have really found these useful!!

    • I am using All About Spelling/Reading for my younger daughter & the Grammar/Writing for my older son. I have not yet tried the spelling & vocab. books from the Growing With Grammar site yet. I don’t really have a reason… just haven’t felt the need for an organized spelling curriculum for him as he got older. :) I guess it depends on your child as far as their levels of learning. I started the All About Spelling with my younger daughter after my son was past that point of learning. I have been so happy with it that I am planning on continuing on with it. Does that make sense?

  11. THANK YOU so much for this – I am a sonlight mom, but we are advanced in reading and need to catch up on the rest of “language arts”. I’m so happy to have found the Winning With Writing (and their spelling) for this coming year. The price is great – I hope it’s a good fit for our family because sonlight’s language arts can be so confusing, especially when we’re at different levels in the various disciplines!
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  12. Love your list! We use Jump in by apologia and LOVE it!

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