ABC Fast Phonics (K to 2nd)
This phonics tutorial uses cartoons and sounds with audio narration and clickable words to teach phonics. There are lessons on the alphabet, consonants, vowels, vowel rules, letter blends, and common words.
CommonLit (3rd to 12th)
Each lesson on CommonLit includes a reading passage and accompanying question set. The lessons can be printed in worksheet form or completed and scored online. Homeschoolers must contact CommonLit to join, as the sign-up form on the website will not work without a school e-mail address.
Community Reading Project (3rd to 12th)
The tools on this website are designed to help older students with dyslexia and other reading challenges learn to read or improve their reading skills. There are online lessons in blending, phonics, spelling, grammar, fluency, and comprehension.
edX (10th to 12th)
EdX, a nonprofit created by Harvard and MIT, offers several literature courses. The length and format vary from course to course, and availability changes periodically. The courses are free to audit, or certificates of completion are also available for a fee.
Free Phonics Lessons (K to 3rd)
Reading is taught using online text-based lessons and interactive picture cards.
FreeReading (K to 5th)
This phonics curriculum can be used with kindergarten or first graders who are just beginning to read or with older students who need to improve their literacy skills. There are 40 weeks of detailed online lesson plans. The program also includes several downloadable components, including letter cards, word cards, and reading passages.
Free Word Work (Pre-K to 3rd)
Free Word Work provides printable phonics and alphabet worksheets for beginning readers. The website also has sight word lists and resources.
Garden of Praise (1st to 4th)
Garden of Praise’s book guides provide comprehension questions for several children’s books. Some of the guides also include word study or vocabulary exercises. You will need to borrow or buy the required books.
Glencoe Literature Library (6th to 12th)
Downloadable study guides are available for approximately 70 novels and plays. You will need to purchase or borrow the required reading material.
Homeschool Share (Pre-K to 8th) Some C, varies by unit.
Homeschool Share offers downloadable literature-based unit studies. You will need to buy or borrow the necessary books.
Khan Academy (2nd to 9th)
Khan’s reading and vocabulary courses include video lessons, reading passages, and comprehension questions. These courses are new and still in beta mode, so the content may change.
K12 Reader (K to 12th)
K12Reader offers a large selection of downloadable worksheets covering various reading skills, phonics, and literature. Weekly reading comprehension passages, which correlate with K12 reader’s spelling curriculum, are available for grades 1st through 5th.
Literature & Creative Writing (4th to 12th) C
This semester-long course combines classic literature and writing. Assignments, projects, and vocabulary are provided on the website, along with teaching podcasts for the parent. There are six lessons that are designed to cover one semester or about 12 weeks.
Marcie Colleen’s Guides (Pre-K to 12th)
Ms. Colleen’s website offers book guides for a large number of board books and picture books, as well as a smaller assortment for early readers, chapter books, middle grades, and young adult books. The guides’ content varies by the book, but you’ll find things like comprehension questions, writing assignments, crafts, activities, and extensions to cover related math, science, and social studies. You will need to obtain the necessary books.
Modern States (10th to 12th)
Modern States courses prepare students to take College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. Students can earn college credit through CLEP exams while still in high school, making college more accessible and affordable. There are courses available for American literature and English literature.
Mom Delights (K to 1st)
Mom Delights provides phonics-based reading lessons in a downloadable eBook called “To The Top: Climb the Mountain of Reading.” There is also a downloadable beginning reader titled “Happy Times Reading,” which accompanies the phonics program.
Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading (K to 1st)
This reading curriculum has 120 daily video lessons that teach sight words, phonics, and word families. View the lessons by downloading the free app from Google Play or by signing up to receive the videos by email. The workbook that goes with this program is free to download, but a physical version is also available for purchase if you are unable to print the book.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read (8th to 12th)
NEA created these materials for book clubs and community programs, but the program also works well for home learning. Each book has discussion questions, reader resources, and a teacher’s guide. Click on “archive” at the bottom of NEA’s website for more book options. Some of the books may be more suited to adult readers. You will need to purchase or borrow the required books.
Nancy Polette’s Literature Guides (K to 8th)
Ms. Polette has created numerous literature guides for picture books and novels. The downloadable guides offer information about the book, discussion questions, activities, and more. You will need to purchase or borrow the books.
Parallel Alternative Strategies for Students (9th to 12th)
These downloadable English courses are designed to help students with special needs succeed. The courses cover reading, literature, writing, and communication using downloadable student workbooks and teacher’s guides. Courses available are: English I, English II, English III, and English IV.
Penguin Publishing (6th to 12th)
Penguin offers downloadable teacher’s guides to go with many of the books they publish. The guides include discussion questions, vocabulary, and more. You will need to purchase or borrow the required books.
Phonics by the Book (K to 2nd) C
Phonics by The Book is a downloadable phonics and sight word curriculum based on God’s Word. The stories start in the book of Genesis and will continue through the entire Bible. The downloads each include a reader, lesson outline, and several activities.
The Phonics Page (2nd to 12th) C
This website offers 32 video-based phonics lessons. The program is designed to improve the student’s reading and spelling by teaching them to sound words out phonetically, rather than relying on sight word memorization. The lessons should be completed in about one to two months.
Plain and not so Plain (3rd to 6th) C
This website offers reading comprehension questions for several books or novels at each grade level. You will need to purchase or borrow the required books.
Poets.org (K to 12th)
Poetry.org offers lessons, units, and activities that teach various poetry concepts. The website also offers a large collection of poetry to read.
The Prindle Institute (K to 5th)
The Prindle Institute offers over 200 discussion guides designed to help introduce philosophy and ethics using popular children’s picture books. You will need to obtain the books.
Progressive Phonics (K to 3rd)
Reading is taught using downloadable phonics readers, activity pages, and flashcards. Handwriting worksheets, which correlate to phonics skills the child is learning, are also included.
Random House (K to 12th)
Random House’s downloadable literature guides include lesson ideas, discussion questions, worksheets, and more. What’s included in the guides varies by book. You will need to purchase or borrow the books.
Reading the Alphabet (Pre-K to K)
Each week of this 31-week beginning reading curriculum includes a downloadable lesson plan, a reader, and several activities. The program covers letters and sounds, beginning sight words, phonological awareness, fine motor skills, and more.
Read Theory (K to 12th)
This reading practice website starts students out with a placement test. Then, the student is given passages to read at their level. Based on how they answer the questions about the passage, their level will move slightly up or down. The site also keeps track of progress.
Read Works (K to 12th)
Readworks provides reading passages that can be sorted by reading level, topic, and text type. Each passage includes vocabulary words and comprehension questions.
Reading Bear (K to 2nd)
Phonics and reading skills are taught using video-based lessons, flashcards, and quizzes.
Reading to Kids (K to 5th)
This website’s guides provide discussion questions, vocabulary words, and craft and activity ideas for a large collection of children’s books. You will need to purchase or borrow the necessary books.
Reading is Fundamental (Pre-K to 12th)
This website provides educational materials for an extensive collection of books. There are teacher guides, online puzzles, printable worksheets. What offers varies from book to book. You will need to borrow or buy the books.
Roald Dahl Guides (3rd to 7th)
This website provides lesson plans for over 20 books written by Roald Dahl. The lesson plans include activities, worksheets, and more. You will need to purchase or borrow the books.
Response Guides for Teaching Children’s Books (1st to 6th)
This downloadable book includes discussion questions and activities for 27 classic children’s books. The guides are arranged in order of increasing difficulty and cover ten picture books, four “transitional” novels, and thirteen longer novels. You will need to borrow or buy the books.
Rise to Reading (K to 12th)
Rise to reading provides comprehension questions for a large selection of books. Most of the books they cover are elementary or middle school level, but they do offer questions for a handful of high school level books. You will need to borrow or buy the books.
Scholastic (K to 8th)
Scholastic provides an extensive collection of downloadable lesson plans, discussion guides, and worksheets to accompany the books they publish. You will need to borrow or buy the books.
Sight Words (K to 3rd)
This website contains numerous resources for teaching sight words and phonemic awareness. There are lessons, flash cards, games, teaching tips, and more.
Sound City Reading (Pre-K to 4th)
This downloadable phonics and writing curriculum includes practice books, workbooks, flashcards, games, and more.
Stairway to Reading (K to 8th)
Stairway to Reading is a remedial reading program for students who have already received some reading instruction but are struggling with reading. However, with some adaptions, it can also be used with beginning readers. The program includes downloadable lessons, flashcards, games, reading material, and more.
Teach a Child to Read with Children’s Books (K to 2nd)
This downloadable guide shows parents how to combine story reading, phonics, and writing to help their children become skilled readers. You will need to purchase or borrow any books you choose to use.
Teach Your Monster to Read (Pre-K to 1st)
This online game teaches beginning reading skills. It covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences.
Teaching a Preschooler to Read (Pre-K to 4th)
This downloadable is book is a complete phonics program designed to teach children to read. While the author says this book can be used with children ages 3 to 10, it looks like what would typically be considered kindergarten level phonics.
The Ultimate Guide to Free Graded Readers (K to 8th) Some C, varies by book.
Contently Humble has compiled a list of 24 classic reader series, totaling over 200 books, available for free download. These books were published in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Some of the many series include McGuffey, Elson, Treadwell, and Baldwin.
Under the Home (K to 5th)
Under the Home offers courses in phonics, reading, prose, Shakespeare, and poetry. The courses are based on classic public domain books, including McGuffey’s Readers. Some courses include printable workbooks.
Word Mastery is a classic phonics textbook that is available for download.
Free Ebooks (Pre-K to 12th) Some C, varies by book
This blog post lists numerous sources of free Ebooks, which can be used as part of your literature or reading curriculum.
Free Audiobooks (Pre-K to 12th) Some C, varies by book.
This blog post lists numerous sources of free audiobooks, which can supplement your literature curriculum.
How I Taught My Child to Read (K to 1st)
While not a free resource, this post explains how to teach your child to read with the affordable book The Reading Lesson: Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons. The post also mentions other frugal and free resources for teaching reading.
Complete Language Arts Curriculum
If you’d like to use a complete language arts program, which includes reading, grammar, composition, spelling, vocabulary, and more in one curriculum, visit this page for additional options. There are options available for Pre-K through 12th grade.