Blended Education

Home     Program Requirements     Points     Math     Language Arts     Other Curriculum      Online Programs      Subscription Boxes

Recommended Language Arts Curriculum

Please note that grade levels are only suggestions. What is most important is picking the level that is right for your student.

Learning Language Arts Through Literature

1st-12th

Easy open and go curriculum. This is a full ELA/phonics curriculum that includes spelling, vocabulary, reading, grammar, handwriting, and even higher-order reasoning. Literature-based and not overwhelming for students or parents. Very popular among homeschoolers.

more information
Take the placement test

Spelling You See

K-6th

Very popular and easy to use. Focuses on learning to spell and punctuate by writing words, sentences, and paragraphs. Students begin in Level A by sounding out and writing 3-letter words which parents read to them. In Levels B-G students to copy passages and circle parts of words/passages that are typically difficult to spell. They copy the same passage several times, and then write it from dictation. The passages are from nursery rhymes, or educational paragraphs about animals, people from history, etc.

more information

All About Reading

K-4th

All About Reading uses the Ortin-Gillingham approach to reading. It is a scripted, open-and-go program that uses a multi-sensory approach to help most learners. The lessons are mastery-based, not grade-level-based. students are placed at their ability level, not according to age or grade level. (typically you would start a first grader on level one) All reading concepts are taught. Each level builds on the previous level. The lessons alternate, first teaching a concept or letter sound/sounds and the next lesson the child reads to practice that concept or sound/sound.

more information including placement tests


All About Spelling

1st-7th

An incremental open-and-go spelling program that uses a multi-sensory approach to help most learners. It is recommended that all students start at level 1, and move through the levels as they complete each one, no matter the grade. Each lesson focuses on a single concept, such as a particular phonogram or spelling rule, and includes a spelling word list that reinforces that concept. Although the program shares many features with reading programs, and students will learn to read and write words, it is specifically geared toward teaching spelling.

more information

Explode the Code

K-4th

Explode the Code uses the Ortin-Gillingham approch to reading. This is a great workbook series for quick practice or remediation. The book based instruction has workbooks, study guides, and other supporting materials for direct, systematic phonics instruction.

More Information

Language Smarts

1st-4th

Colorful large workbooks rich with illustration. Simplified grammar and punctuation concepts so they are easier to grasp. As the student moves through the levels, concepts built upon what was previously taught. Though it is not instruction heavy, students tend to find these activities more fun and engaging than traditional curriculum. Can be supplemental or a full curriculum.

Review Curriculum

Editor in Chief

2nd-12th

Students begin with an easy-to-understand lesson followed by an activity that requires them to carefully analyze and edit stories, letters, or articles that contain mechanical errors. This effective method allows students to gain mastery over concepts that will translate into their own writing. Spelling, punctuation, and grammar skills are learned with brief, in context activities. Students identify errors and make corrections. A great way to build and maintain grammar skills without tedious lessons.

More Information

Reading Detective

3rd-12th

Highly-effective, literature-based thinking activities develop the analysis, synthesis, and vocabulary skills students need for exceptional reading comprehension. Students read and analyze short literature passages and stories that include fiction and nonfiction genres. Then they answer multiple-choice and short-response questions, citing sentence evidence to support their answers.

More Information

Word Roots

3rd-12th

These award-winning books teach the meaning and spelling of roots, prefixes, and suffixes that are the elements used to form words in English. Learning these word elements dramatically improves spelling and the ability to decode unfamiliar words.

The activities focus on using these words in context to help students incorporate each word into their vocabulary and retain the correct spelling. There are periodic reviews to make sure students retain what is taught in the lessons. Word Roots will add hundreds of words to your students' vocabulary and greater depth to their thinking and writing. Each lesson has the meanings of prefixes, roots, and suffixes used to form the vocabulary words.

more information

Handwriting Without Tears

K- 5th

Designed to help students attain legible handwriting. The curriculum draws from  years of research to provide developmentally appropriate multi-sensory strategies for learning handwriting.

more information

Growing with Grammar

1st-8th

Intensive grammar program for the elementary grades that includes sentence diagramming. Written by a homeschooling mom, these courses are very practical for busy homeschooling parents. Each course is laid out for a 36-week school year, with grammar lessons for about three days per week, although this can certainly be adjusted. Review questions are included within most exercises, and there are comprehensive reviews at the end of each of the major sections of each course.

More Information


Soaring with Spelling & Vocabulary

1st-8th

Spelling words are presented in lists accompanied by brief definitions. Each week begins with study of words and their definitions as well as the pre-test. Activities vary for the remaining lessons for each week. Activities might be fill-in-the-blanks, alphabetizing, copy work, definition matching, crossword puzzles, picture identification, word search puzzles, underlining words, and many other options. (Level 1 includes a brief lesson on how to use the dictionary at the back which might be helpful for alphabetizing exercises.) Throughout this series many activities have children identify misspelled words or unscramble letters to make words. These activities might be difficult for children who tend to be dyslexic or have other problems with visual discrimination, so use them judiciously. Lined and numbered pages are provided for the tests, and there is plenty of space for all written work in the books.

review curriculum

Winning with Writing

1st-8th

A writing program that applies the concepts taught in other Jac Kris curriculum to writing. Workbooks are divided into first and second semesters.

review curriculum

CKLA (Core Knowledge Language Arts)

K-3rd

A comprehensive program for teaching skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. This program incorporates classic literature to help develop the core knowledge every person should have to be successful. Recommended to implemented in a specific sequence and used with other Core Knowledge curriculum. Also used in our on campus locations.

More Information