Language Arts includes phonics, literature, writing, grammar and spelling. A few curricula cover all of these subjects in one complete Language Arts course, however many parents choose to purchase each subject separately. Each of the following curricula have been recommended by homeschooling experts and experienced homeschooling parents as the best homeschooling materials in the subject of Language Arts.
Learning Language Arts Through Literature is a complete program that encompasses phonics, spelling, grammar, writing and of course literature. The teachers manual provides step by step instructions for teaching daily lessons.The program begins with The Blue Book, which is labeled as a first grade program, though many parents begin this level in Kindergarten. In the early years, this program provides many hands on activities that appeal to a variety of learning styles. Expect to spend about $100 per year for the first level, $90 for the second level, and $50 each year after.
The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading by Jessie Wise and Sara Bluffington is a simple but effective phonics program. Daily lessons are scripted for parents who lack confidence in teaching phonics. The lessons are basic and require only a few minutes each day. The cost for this program is about $30.
Spelling Workout by Modern Curriculum Press is a comprehensive spelling curriculum that offers 8 years of spelling instruction. This program is very easy for children to use independently. Each weekly lesson is broken down into 5 activities that reinforce spelling rules. Expect to spend about $9 per grade level for a student workbook and $9 per grade level for the teacher's edition.
First Language Lessons by Jessie Wise is a complete grammar curriculum that includes copywork, narration, and poetry memorization. The program offers 4 years of grammar study using the classical method of education. The cost per year ranges from $10 to $50, depending on whether you purchase the optional student workbook.