Language Arts

Spell By Color

An inexpensive, rule-based spelling program. You can get the first year for free and find out if it works for you family. It's not a very exciting-looking resource, but the logical, simple approach could work very well for many kids.

Unicorn Writing

This is a fun site from a British primary school teacher with some great writing resources. There are lesson ideas for different kinds of writing, which include free videos with suggestions for activities. (You can also purchase inexpensive resource packs to go with them.) There are also writing prompts and some teaching tips. A great place for help with elementary level writing skills!


A collection of hip-hop song videos that teach concepts in many subjects. Videos can be watched in regular or discussion mode (the video automatically pauses in certain spots for questions.) There are accompanying discussion questions, quizzes and activities. Subscription price is reasonable. 

Teaching Books

A subscription site with lots of teaching resources for books. There are author resources, study guides, lesson plans, vocabulary lists, websites, and more. You can search by title, author, grade level, subject matter, and genre, and save resources to custom reading lists. Homeschool subscription options include single and multi-family. You may be able to save some money by sharing a subscription.


Digital library for elementary level children. Includes ebooks, audio books, videos, quizzes and more. You can track each individual child's progress and create custom reading lists. 

Front Row

Free online curriculum covering math, language arts, social studies, and science. Designed for schools, to adapt to students at different levels. There are lessons for use in classroom situations that can be adapted, and individual practice activities and assessments. Also includes record keeping features. There are printable options as well, but they are limited without a paid school subscription.


This site has a library of over a thousand text passages with accompanying questions for discussion and comprehension assessment. There are informational texts in many subjects, passages from books (fiction and non-fiction), historical documents, short stories, poetry, and more. You can search for texts by subject matter, grade level and themes, and there are text sets to use when studying specific books or historical eras. A rich and useful FREE resource!

Write at Home

Online writing and literature classes for middle and high school levels. Courses run for 32, 16, or 8 weeks, with a weekly lesson and writing assignment. Students receive written feedback from the teacher. Prices are quite reasonable what is essentially a writing tutor.

Go Phonics

This complete phonics and reading curriculum uses the multi-sensory, Orton-Gillingham approach, which is often effective for students with dyslexia. The packages available are pricey, but would cover about 3 years of learning. You can also purchase items separately if you'd like to try it out before investing in the complete package.


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