Homeschool reading programs for beginning readers should focus on teaching basic reading skills and may include a list of recommended "read alouds" and supplemental activities. The following curricula are considered among the best homeschool reading programs.
The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading by Jessie Wise and Sara Buffington provides a script to help parents teach phonics skills. Lessons are short but effective, lasting about 20 minutes each. The book costs about $20.
Phonics Museum by Veritas Press uses a wide range of activities to teach phonics, including games, songs, and puzzle pieces. The curriculum even includes a pop up "museum" with walls on which to hang art work and paper dolls to visit. Readers are included in the program and resemble basic readers from other programs, yet are based on history and scripture.
Teach Your Child To Read with Children's Books by Mark B. Thogmartin, Ph.D. and Mary Gallagher, M.S. Ed teaches parents a method to teach children to read using real books instead of readers. The program uses both whole language and phonics instruction. Since the program does not provide lessons plans, extensive instruction on lesson planning is provided, as well as checklists and forms so that you can be sure you are on the right track with your child. The cost for this book is about $30.