HomeSchool Resources - Language Arts

Language Arts

Phonics and Remedial Reading

K12 Reader
Reading, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and composition help provided, from free worksheets, lesson plans and book lists to resource links.

Fun software for students of all abilities assists in learning to read, write, spell and type, especially those who learn differently. A free dyslexia test and a trial version of the software program is available.

Progressive Phonics
A free all-in-one reading program for download (some British spellings). Includes books with corresponding handwriting and activity sheets. The original and revised versions are available in color.

Reading Bear
Over 1200 free vocabulary items are sounded out using phonics rules. Photography based videos are often helpful with special needs individuals.

Reading Eggs
These online reading games and activities were developed by a team of elementary teachers and are easy to follow, plus structured for success. Subscription value packs are available.

Reading Horizons
This popular subscription reading program makes learning to read simple for beginning and struggling students. Based on Orton-Gillingham principles, the program focuses on seven rules that can be applied to most English words.

Reading Kingdom
This K-3 reading and writing subscription program uses the 6-Skill model of reading instruction, which does not require learning any complicated rules.

Reading Rockets
Research-based strategies for literacy are abundant on this website, including a free 9 module beginner reading course. Resources on the website offer some great insights for assisting struggling learners.

Spalding Education
The Writing Road to Reading method is a total language arts program designed for the individual needs of the student. It is research based and effective. Home Educator Kits and online course are available for purchase.


The Easy Essay
Use the Guest mode on this automated information organization program for the writing and thinking process. Membership benefits allows you to save multiple essays.
This custom handwriting worksheet maker allows you to create worksheets in a variety of fonts and sizes.
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
The Owl at Purdue is one of the most widely used resources for research paper development. The Writing and Style Guides are extremely helpful for college level work.
Select from several 8-week online writing courses taught by certified teachers. A purchase is required.


Dance Mat Typing

You will need to have Flash installed to run this free software program produced by BBC with four levels of play. Typing speed is calculated and rewards are given upon completion of a level.
This free typing program also provides tutorials, games, testing and the ability to monitor students with a free teacher’s account. 

Spelling and Vocabulary

Home Spelling Words
Free spelling lists, games, tests, and practice options are provided for grades K-9th grade. You can also create your own spelling tests.

Merriam-Webster Spell It!
This is the Scripps National Spelling Bee Study site. These free lists are divided into sections by language of origin

Merriam-Webster Word Central
Free word games, daily buzzwords, spelling challenges and word scrambles are offered while also giving access to an online dictionary, thesaurus and rhyming resources.

Spelling Words Well
Look for the link on each page that includes the word “printable” for free spelling lists, brain teasers, phonics activities, sight words lists and grade level resources.
Game-based study of literacy skills using any word list is the hallmark of this award-winning website. Homeschoolers pay a low-cost annual family rate for up to five students.

Proofreader (grammar, spelling and punctuation)

This free online proofreader corrects grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Research Tools (with automatic citation)

Scrible is a free modern online research tool with modern features like 1-click automatic citations and bibliographies plus Google Docs integration. Upgrade to Edu Pro (cost) for even more options.

Citation Creator

Easy Bib
Generate free citations in your choice of research format (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.). Free guides are also available to view online.

Digital Graphic Organizer

With its easy to use interface, you can collaborate in real time. Brainstorm, take notes and visualize your creative ideas. Free for the first three maps with an option to purchase a low-cost upgrade.  

Free Language Arts Textbooks

Elementary Levels  
The Good and the Beautiful
Free Language Arts curriculum covers phonics, reading, writing, literature, grammar, punctuation, art and geography for grades 1-5. More subjects and levels available by the author Jenny Phillips; some are free and some are for purchase.

Grammar and Writing Handbooks
Free Scott Foresman Reading (Pearson Education) textbooks can be downloaded here for grades 1-6.

Secondary Levels
Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus-Free Language Arts
Several free resources are provided at this link for middle and high school levels for vocabulary, spelling, writing and grammar.

All Levels
Kiss Grammar
Popular with Charlotte Mason homeschoolers, this free online mastery based grammar course can be started in any grade and emphasizes how to identify grammar constructions within real texts.    

English and Grammar

Daily Grammar
With hundreds of free lessons and quizzes, Daily Grammar covers the eight parts of speech, parts of the sentence and the mechanics of grammar.

English Grammar 101
This free interactive online grammar and writing resource provides a scope and sequence to follow and can be customized to each student. For an ad free environment with additional options, register for a low annual fee. To view all content, select the arrow on the right hand side of the screen to continue scrolling for content.

English Maven
Free grammar lessons are categorized by concept and recommended for K-12, GED, or ESL preparation with a simple website display for ease of use.

Garden of Praise
Free grammar songs have corresponding worksheets to practice. Teacher instructions are found below the songs menu. Additional free resources are also available in a variety of subjects.

Grammar Bytes

From the menu page above, select one of the main headings to view materials: terms, exercises, handouts, presentations, or rules. This free resource has a friendly format that may motivate reluctant grammar learners.  

Disclaimer: The DeSoto Public Library is providing this resource to assist local homeschoolers. A great amount of the information is useful for all educators and parents. It is not an endorsement of any product or business mentioned or a promotion of homeschooling as a preference over other choices in education.