I will admit, I don’t love teaching Language Arts. While I can easily put together my own curriculum in literally any other subject, Language Arts baffles me. I have no idea why. Perhaps because I really, really hated it in school, I don’t know.
At any rate, every year I have to find a Language Arts program that is already put together for me. It’s easy to find parts of a program, like grammar or spelling or writing, but complete programs that are completely free…well, it took some digging.
The Good & the Beautiful Language Arts
Let me begin by saying that I cannot believe this curriculum is free. Even the printed version is very reasonably priced for what you get. This is the Language Arts curriculum that we are currently using and I absolutely love it!!
Levels 1-5 are completely free as PDF downloads while Pre-K, K and Levels 6 and up can be purchased for a nominal fee as either a PDF download or physical book set.
This is the first curriculum that we’ve ever used that my kids ask to do on a daily basis. They love it.
I love it because there is zero prep required. It is open and go. The assignments are challenging, but not so hard that the kids get discouraged. Grading the assignments is a breeze and working through anything that my kids don’t do well on is very easy with the reference section at the beginning of the course book.
As if all of that wasn’t enough, this curriculum goes beyond just Language Arts. It also includes geography and art lessons that are scattered through the course book. These are beautifully placed between language arts lessons in a way that provides a small diversion without getting completely off track.
I honestly cannot say enough good things about this curriculum. We will be continuing with it for the upcoming school year.
Easy Peasy All-in-one Homeschool Language Arts
Easy Peasy offers a complete Language Arts program online for all grades. We have used parts of this program in the past but it has never worked well for Princess Dork. She just does not do well with online programs of any sort (she gets distracted!). That said, there are tons of people who use the program, and it is very well put together.
Georgia Virtual Learning Language Arts
GA Virtual Learning offers middle and high school level courses in Language Arts. These are completed online through modules that include interactive lessons, printables, videos and more.
Grammar Only Resources
Khan Academy Grammar
A complete grammar course with video lessons, online exercises and more.
This is a massive program created by a literature and composition teacher. It covers everything you will need for 1st through high school.
This archive contains links to free grammar lessons and quizzes organized by lesson numbers and subjects. Daily Grammar consists of 440 lessons and 88 quizzes.
Scott Foresman Grammar and Writing
Printable grammar and writing workbooks for grades 1-6.
A collection of video lessons teaching grammar. The site also includes several quiz games and printables.
Free online grammar reference for students and business writers. HUGE resource.
Spelling Only Resources
NOTE: We have not actually used any of these resources, but I have looked them over in the past while searching for a spelling curriculum.
Home Spelling Words
Home Spelling Words is the leading source of spelling words for Kindergarten through 9th grade. Additionally, you can make your own spelling test with your own spelling words from school or using your homeschool curriculum. The website is free, including graded test reports.
Spell By Color
This program uses color-coding to reinforce organized instruction in the rules of spelling.
K12Reader offers parents and teachers free spelling curriculum for 1st through 5th grade. This teacher-developed curriculum can help students develop strong spelling and word recognition skills, and reinforces strong reading development.
Bible Based Spelling
A series of lessons written to help our young people to become better spellers and writers. Appropriate for lower elementary, but could be modified for use with other groups. 35 units.
Public Domain Books