Freedom Homeschooling

Reading Curriculum

Below you will find free homeschool reading curriculum. If you’re looking for other subjects, click here.

C = Christian based curriculum

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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.

Free Phonics Lessons  (K to 3rd)

Reading is taught using online text-based lessons and interactive picture cards.

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.

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.

Listen, Write, and Read  (K to 4th)

This series of five downloadable activity books help students master 220 sight words, through the use of 115 illustrated dictation sentences.

MobyMax  (K to 8th)

MobyMax offers interactive online lessons in reading stories and literature, reading informational texts, phonics, sight words, and more. While the free version includes the entire curriculum, there is also a paid version available that includes additional features.

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.

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.


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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.  (K to 12th) offers lessons, units, and activities which teach various poetry concepts. The website also offers a large collection of poetry to read.

Primary Concepts FREE Phonics  (K to 1st)

Primary Concepts’ downloadable eBook is a sequential guide to hands-on phonics. The 82 lessons use letter tiles to introduce phonics patterns. Printable letter tiles are included in the download, or you may choose to purchase tiles.

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.

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.

Reading Bear  (K to 2nd)

Phonics and reading skills are taught using video-based lessons, flashcards, and quizzes.

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, flash cards, games, reading material, and more.


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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.

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 4th)

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: A Course in Phonics for the First Three Grades  (K to 3rd)

Word Mastery is a classic phonics textbook which 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.


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.