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Under the Home

by Mary Ann Kelley

Under the Home offers studio art, art history, music, mathematics, reading, writing, prose, and poetry for grades K-1 as well as science, geography, and history for grade 1. They will be adding grades 2-5 over the years 2017 & 2018. As of January 2017 the price is $30/year.

Analytical Grammar

by Mary Ann Kelley

Analytical Grammar offers grammar, literature, and writing curriculum for 4th grade through graduation.  Their primary program, Analytical Grammar, teaches English grammar, punctuation, and usage.  It is designed to be taught in three grammar “seasons” over three years; however, it is flexible enough to be adapted to a one- or two-year schedule.  It is recommended for Continue reading »

All About Reading

by Mary Ann Kelley

All About Reading is a multisensory, mastery-based program that starts with essential pre-reading skills and continues on to teach all five key components of reading. This complete program teaches phonics, decoding, fluency, and comprehension in a fun and engaging way. Suitable for all ages and learning styles!

Continental Press

by Mary Ann Kelley

Continental Press produces affordable materials that support curriculum and state-testing goals with instruction and assessment products for reading, mathematics, social studies, science and phonics.

Spelling Wisdom

by Mary Ann Kelley

This is a series of books designed to teach spelling using the Charlotte Mason method. Both British and American versions are available. Each book gives dictations out of what they describe as ‘the writings of great men and women of history’ using 6000 of the most frequently used words in the English language. The child Continue reading »

Progeny Press Literature Guides

by Mary Ann Kelley

Progeny Press offers dozens of study guides to accompany literature for all grade levels. Each guide is presented from a Christian perspective, and asks questions related to understanding the story, vocabulary, and deeper themes. Accompanying activity suggestions are also included. These study guides are designed to allow parents a choice in the literature studied in Continue reading »

Building Spelling Skills

by Mary Ann Kelley

This program offers spelling or grades 1-8. Weekly units with daily lessons concentrate on a particular phonetic sound within. List of words. Writing the words, using them in word activities, and pre-test work are used for practice. Each book represents a year of spelling training.

Sequential Spelling

by Mary Ann Kelley

Sequential Spelling uses spelling lists which build on words to help children spell bigger words. For example, if they can spell stand, they can spell understand and misunderstand and misunderstanding. The sequences are not based on grade level curriculum. The sequences are based on building from easy words to advanced words as from all, tall, Continue reading »

Notgrass

by Mary Ann Kelley

Notgrass offers curriculum for K-12 in Economics, Literature, Government, US History, World History, Bible, Art, and Unit Studies. The format of the lessons varies with age and topic, but all are bible-based and include clear student instructions with reading and activities. Samples and reviews of each resource are available on the Notgrass website.

Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading

by Mary Ann Kelley

The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading is a complete phonics program- very inexpensive, comprehensive, and so easy to use. Little to no parent preparation required. Lessons are scripted to make it even more simple if you wish. Once complete, your child will be reading on a fourth grade level. The program uses a no Continue reading »

Winston Grammar

by Mary Ann Kelley

Winston Grammar does away with the traditional grammar textbook, lecture approach, and heavy emphasis on memorization. Instead, it gives students a set of color-coded clue cards and a book of exercises, which together generate multi-sensory activities. These activities teach grammar sentence diagramming. Students do this through moving, hearing, seeing, and speaking. Each kit has a Continue reading »

ABCmouse

by Mary Ann Kelley

ABCmouse is an online preschool-kindergarten curriculum that teaches letters, letter sounds, counting, math, art, science, music and phonics. The child starts out at the level that you choose and progresses through various areas by working virtual puzzles, singing songs, visiting the zoo and farm, reading books, virtual coloring, etc. A fun bonus is that the Continue reading »

Reading Eggs

by Mary Ann Kelley

Reading Eggs is an online reading resource with 100 lessons for 4 to 7 year olds who are learning to read. Additional content is available for 6-8 year olds who are reading. The content contains interactive animations, fun games, great songs and lots of rewards. It supports each child’s learning by offering individual, one-on-one lessons Continue reading »

HS Highlights

by Mary Ann Kelley

HS Highlights has over 250 unit studies from which to choose. They offer literature unit studies for the many popular books. Each unit includes ten lessons with many activities. The units come in pdf format so you only have to print out the pages that you want, or children can just read it on the Continue reading »

K5 Learning

by Mary Ann Kelley

K5 Learning offers an online math and reading program for kids from kindergarten through grade 5.   Kids complete an online assessment of 8 key reading and math skills, and then work independently and at their own pace through over 3,000 lessons and activities.  The lessons are animated, interactive and simple enough that even a 4 Continue reading »

Growing With Grammar

by Mary Ann Kelley

Includes levels 1-8, roughly corresponding to grade levels. Each level contains approximately 108 lessons and assumes the grammar course is being taught three times per week during a 36-week school year. Sentence diagramming is taught beginning with Level 3. Each lesson contains a teaching portion and student exercises, and each section concludes with a review Continue reading »

Alphabet Kids Books and Curriculum

by Mary Ann Kelley

The Alphabet Kids is a series of 6 books that follow the fun adventures of a group of diverse children who learn about their multicultural backgrounds. Their stories help children to love who they are and realize that people who are different can be very good friends. In addition to the books, the publishers have Continue reading »

BigIQkids.com

by Mary Ann Kelley

BigIQkids offers both free and premium online programs for spelling, vocabulary, math, and geography. The programs are designed for students in grades K-8 and promote spelling efficiency, vocabulary building, math fact mastery and US geography knowledge via multimedia reinforcement and independent learning.

Little Angel Readers

by Mary Ann Kelley

Catholic Christian Phonics/Spelling and Reading program. Gives beginning readers a very strong start in phonics and reading. Easy to use and affordable.

The Write Foundation

by Mary Ann Kelley

The Write Foundation is a Christian writing curriculum for ages 11-17 written by a veteran home educator and tested extensively in individual and group settings. It has proven effective in enabling average writers to improve their writing skills, as well as energizing reluctant writers. The entire system will teach your student how to effectively plan Continue reading »