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Little Acorn Learning

by Mary Ann Kelley

Little Acorn Learning publishes Waldorf-inspired themed months for the Pre-K aged child.

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.

McGuffey Readers

by Mary Ann Kelley

McGuffey Readers are reprints of early 19th century eclectic readers and feature literary selections that are suited to the age level (1st through 6th grade) and interests of students. They teach reading through moral stories geared toward their original audience of white Protestant Americans. Also available from the same publisher are reprints of 19th century Continue reading »

MCP (Modern Curriculum Press)

by Mary Ann Kelley

Modern Curriculum Press offers elementary math, phonics and spelling instruction. Features of the 2005 edition of Modern Curriculum Press Math include: Four-step problem solving strategy Guided and independent practice Real world application Word and story problems that “require students to draw upon and integrate multiple skills and strategies to find a solution.” Clean uncluttered design Continue reading »

Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts

by Mary Ann Kelley

Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts includes Grammar, Vocabulary, Poetry, and Academic Writing with a heavy emphasis on root words and deep LA content. It is written especially for gifted learners (but usable by all). Lots of author and publisher online support with user forums.

New American Cursive

by Mary Ann Kelley

New American Cursive is a resource for teaching beginning cursive. It includes easy-to-follow directions for letter creation, and shaded letters to trace for practice. It presents simplified letter forms, using multi-sensory methods to aid in the learning of motor skills necessary to write well. The character Mr. Meerkat is the book’s guide, making learning tasks 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 »

Phonics Pathways

by Mary Ann Kelley

Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Spelling by Dolores G. Hiskes

Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading

by Mary Ann Kelley

Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading is an all inclusive Language Arts program. Strong in all areas except perhaps writing. A child as early as 5 years can begin. DVDs are included with teacher manual for easy prep. Great Grammar Tunes help kids remember all the rules and exceptions.

Primary Phonics

by Mary Ann Kelley

Primary Phonics is made by the same publisher as Explode the Code and has a similar feel. Primary Phonics is repetitious, ensuring mastery. Multiple workbooks and storybooks are available for each level.

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 »

Reading Focus Card

by Mary Ann Kelley

This is a reading aid that covers all the text in a book around the sentence being read. The aid comes in different sizes and different colors. The cards can be ordered in two sizes for under $20 each.

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 »

Ready Writer

by Mary Ann Kelley

Page after page of static letters to draw can quickly become a bore—as youngsters soon learn! That’s why the pictorial approach of ReadyWriter is so delightful. With ReadyWriter®, as your kids begin to practice complete letters, the characters will likely flow easily, without that legendary tedium and struggle, and without that ragged, jagged appearance which Continue reading »

Rod and Staff

by Mary Ann Kelley

Rod & Staff curriculum is designed to make the child God-conscious. This curriculum not only teaches the Bible but uses many illustrations of how Bible principles can be applied in everyday life. The various courses are comprised of texts, workbooks, and teacher guides. The science text is written from the perspective that evolution is “logically Continue reading »

Saxon Phonics

by Mary Ann Kelley

Saxon Phonics provides comprehensive solutions to teach reading that target foundational skills using a unique research-based method. The curriculum includes a multi-sensory approach that engages the visual, auditory, and tactile senses. Saxon Reading is based on current research that indicates that the most successful phonics programs include daily oral language activities, phoneme play, immediate follow-up Continue reading »

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 »

Shurley English

by Mary Ann Kelley

This curriculum was specifically written for Homeschool students K through 7. Materials for each grade level are sold in a kit package. A kit contains everything needed to teach one child for an entire school year. Each kit contains a Teacher’s Manual, a Student Workbook and a Audio CD. Bible-related activities, writing assignments, and sentences Continue reading »

Sing, Spell, Read and Write

by Mary Ann Kelley

Sing, Spell, Read and Write is a learning-to-read curriculum that uses a 36-step program of carefully sequenced systematic, explicit phonics instruction to build fluent independent readers. Using look, listen, point, sing-along, and echo routines along with gross motor and fine motor activities, the program actively engages the senses and effectively reaches all types of learners. Continue reading »