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Free Phonics for Schooling at Home

boy-on-a-bookReading Instruction

Learn to Read 2000 provides instruction on teaching a student how to read , information on  what is needed to be ready for learning to read and has it’s own YouTube Channel.

Meeghan has put together a wonderful amount of info on how to teach your child to read, on her blog, Sight and Sound Reading.

Comprehensive Programs

Phonics by the Book , A Beginning Reader’s Bible Curriculum      

Reading Bear,  a video program

Progressive Phonics: Free Homeschool Reading Program

Sound City Reading

Homeschoolers can sign up as a private school to receive ABC Mouse  for free!

Free Reading, 40 Weeks of Phonics Lessons

This Reading Mama provides a free 31-week reading curriculum for emergent readers.

Preschool Phonics Course from the Ron Paul Curriculum

Kindergarten Phonics from The Ron Paul Curriculum

Orton-Gillingham Phonics Method Software Program
A free dyslexia reading program for children ages 6 and up.

McGuffey Readers and Free Video Courses for the Readers

Primary Readers, Containing a Complete Course in Phonics, First Book

Word Mastery: A Course in Phonics for the First Three
Years

Ultimate Phonics Reading List while the phonics list is the only free part of this phonics program the list itself is enough to create your own with few supplements to include visuals and hands-on practice. You can find worksheets  and videos in link below.

ABC Fast Phonics, a digital presentation for letter names, sounds blends and basic phonics rules.

Owl and Mouse has a FREE Software program that is now all online. Check out the Reading links here to teach your child how to read.

Starfall

Alice Nine’s Johnny Can Spell Program has made videos available for all phonogram sounds and letter formation.

Want to put your own phonics program together, but you are not sure how to do that? Dorbooks has several free phonics aids including a fourteen point checklist for a successful phonics program.

Free  Readers

Phonetic Readers

Sight Word Readers from the Measured Mom

Beginning Readers from Nellie Edge

Free Phonics Videos

Guru Parents requires an email subscription, but has many alphabet videos, charts, songs, worksheets and more.

Free Phonics Interactives

Kid Port, Language Arts

Free Phonics Printables and Workbooks

MES English

FunFonix

Rock ‘N Learn

One Beautiful Home Blog

Sight Word Printables from the Kindergarten Mom

You can find more phonics printables in my post here on making your own word family lapbooks.

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Every Child Should Know Series, Science and Reading Public Domain Books for FREE

Public Domain BooksEvery Child Should Know Series

This is a lovely little series by various authors, each experts in their own area. The writing has the typical charm of 19th century schoolbooks with lots of wonderful vocabulary. The series has something for every reader, whether they be obsessed with birds or interested in stories of old.

My friend Allison over at Public Domain Books for Homeschooling has put the collection together for us. Finding and compiling list of public domain books is her specialty and she uses them regularly in her homeschooling. She does a wonderful job printing and binding her books. I know she will be glad to share some tips with you on binding your own.

Birds Every Child Should Know

Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know

Essays Every Child Should Know

Fairy Stories Every Child Should Know

Heroes Every Child Should Know

Heroines Every Child Should Know

Hymns Every Child Should Know

Legends Every Child Should Know

Myths Every Child Should Know

Operas Every Child Should Know

Pictures Every Child Should Know

Poems Every Child Should Know

Prose Every Child Should Know

Songs Every Child Should Know

Trees Every Child Should Know

Useful Plants Every Child Should Know

Wild Animals Every Child Should Know

Wild Flowers Every Child Should Know

Natural Wonders Every Child Should Know

Water Wonders  Every Child Should Know

Famous Stories  Every Child Should Know

Folk Tales Every Child Should Know

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More on Reading Levels, Finding the Right Book

So, how do I find the right book for my child? I don’t want a book that is too difficult and will halt progress. Iblack-and-white-28791_1280 don’t want something too easy that will not challenge and encourage growth.

This is a question every mom considers when making plans to help her child learn to read. I have some ideas I would like to share with you. They are strategies I have used in the classroom, and I still consider them in my home, when schooling my own children.

I think we all agree that no matter how far behind or how far ahead of the “average” child our child is, we must start at the skill level they have mastered. Moving ahead when a child is not ready will confuse him. Lagging behind when a child is ready to move forward will leave them feeling unengaged. In either case, they may question if learning is worth the effort. We want to avoid both situations and build a love for reading.

Fortunately, finding a books for your child is not a difficult task. We are going to visit two ways to get your child matched with the right  books. The first is by perusing the library. Take your child to a section of the library that you think would meet his level and interests. In our library, we have a place for picture books, children’s chapter books and nonfiction, teen chapter books, and adult novels and non-fiction.

I like to require my children to choose something from both the fiction and non-fiction to check out. I ask them what topic they would like to read about and help them find that section. I give them ample time to pull books from the shelf about their chosen topic. Sometimes another topic attracts them and that is okay. I encourage them to read a page or two from any section of the book. If is is too hard for them to read and they do not understand100_1031 what they are reading, they can put it back. This is not a strict rule, because my oldest has learned to use Google and the dictionary to look up words, concepts and background information to help her understand the book. These are books that are great for instructional reading, reading that includes new concepts and vocabulary in a new context.

However, there is also a time for books that are right on your child’s level. These books are meant to be enjoyed. Your child should not struggle with vocabulary or concepts in these books. With these books you will most likely discuss things like plot, characters, and setting or use these books to teach concepts like cause and effect and other reading skills. It is much easier to teach these reading skills with books they are familiar and comfortable with. Checking for understanding daily will ensure your child has books suited for his comprehension level.

Another way to ensure your child is reading books on his independent level is to get a sampling of different leveled books and have discussions after reading to assess comprehension and find the level he best understands when reading solo. Your library probably shows the reading level of books in their card catalog, and you may be able to search it by reading level. If not, you can use the Scholastic Book Wizard to help you find books by whatever reading level measure is easiest for you. I find that grade level equivalent is easiest for most.  For a book that has a Grade Level Equivalent of 2.6, it would be an independent reader for a typical child in his second year and 6 month of reading, but children vary greatly. This chart might be helpful in translating the correlation of the other reading level measures for you. Choose a starting point for your assessment and then choose books on either side of that level. If you decide to start with leve 3.0, then check out books between 2.5-3.5. If you are not familiar with reading levels, your guess might be off quite a bit in either direction, but before long, you will be able to pick up a book and tell its level by reading a page or two. When I was teaching, I liked to choose one fiction and one non-fiction to assess reading level comprehension. It provided me with more information about strengths of the child’s reading. To read more about choosing books and the discussion used to assess comprehension read my other article on Reading Levels. I start the discussion about halfway down the page.

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If the library is not convenient or you simply can’t wait to get started you can visit Reading A-Z‘s site and pull down 1-2 samples from different levels, using the free trial. You can download a couple to start with and if you find the chosen books are not the right level after your discussion, you can download more, either above or below the level you started. Once you have discovered his new reading level, you can decide whether re-evaluate once a quarter or in whatever intervals you are comfortable with. You may be happy simply seeing him read more difficult text as you make trips to the library or assign him books for his learning.  If you choose to evaluate, you might want to get him involved in setting goals of where he would like to be in 3-4 months. He may think that he wants to see progress sooner. You can assess more often if he is comfortable.

It doesn’t matter what method you choose. Both of these methods work. I have used both with great success. Many times a child will tell you a book is to easy or too hard simply by putting it aside. Be sensitive to the choices your child makes and continue with informal assessments of comprehension. You will soon be able to pick out books that fit both his interest and skill level. I guarantee he will think you have some magical skills in finding the right book for him.

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Aunt Charlotte’s Books For Young Ones and Little Folk

In 1823, Charlotte Mary Yonge was born at Otterbourne in Hampshire, England. Her charitable parents built the first Sunday School on the grounds of Otterbourne and gave her a religious education. She began to teach at the age of seven and continued in her parents footsteps in educating the poor. Her first writings were for Sunday School children. She continued her writing and teaching into adulthood; her writing  as prolific as it was loved. Still loved today, here are some of the works she wrote for children.

CharlotteGreek History

Greek History for Little Ones

American History

Bible History

English History

Evenings at Home with Poets

Young Folk’s History of Germany

Young Folk’s History of Rome

Landmarks of History: Ancient History

Landmarks of History: Modern History

 

Thanks go to Allison for gathering these books. My friend feeds my obsession with 19th and early 20th century books. You can find more on my Facebook group, and learn how you can Build Your Own Homeschool Curriculum for FREE.

 

You can read more about Charlotte Mary Yonge here:

http://anglicanhistory.org/bios/cmyonge.html

http://www.yongeletters.com/biography

 

Teaching Across the Curriculum with the Bobbsey Twins- A Unit Study

Reading

people-163906_64010 Free Bobbsey Twins Books on Kindle

Explore the genre with this lesson on Ingredients of a Mystery. Several Free Worksheets are included as well as a list of suggested books. There are plenty of free mysteries for Kindle and on Google Books, including the Bobbsey Twins and The Rover Boys.

There is a little confusion about the real author of these books. In The Story of the Bobbsey Twins, you” ll read about the

Read Mysteries By Kids

Use an interactive tool from ReadWriteThink to dissect your mystery. There are writing activities too!

Writing

Mystery Writing: Write with Writers 


How to Write a Mini Myster

Writing Mystery Stories The Best Mystery Writing Tips and Tricks for Kids

Science

Kids Ahead – Crime Scene Investigation Activities

Science Mystery – Educational Mysteries (and Reading)

Detective Science Games

History

The 25 Biggest Mysteries of History

The 20 Coolest Unsolved Mysteries in History

Mystery Timeline and more, including lessons and interactives.

detective-156961_640Math

Mystery Math Pictures -Math Facts

Mystery  Picture Math -Math Facts

Mystery Pictures with multiples and division.

Maths Mysteries Online Games

Math Maven’s Mysteries Home – Scholastic  Various Skills and Levels, including Logic and Reasoning

Mystery Math– an online game of deductive reasoning

Critical Thinking

Solve some mysteries at Mystery Net’s Kids Site.

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Mystery Fun
Make your own spy equipment!

Free 19th Century Readers by James Baldwin

James Baldwin was published during the turn of the century was a teacher, writer, and was a man of Christian faith. He wrote  over 50 books including readers, adapted stories for young children, history text, literary analysis, classic literature, and apologetics. Read more About James Baldwin.

The first set is the only complete set, which means the other books were not found or have a price tag. I will continue to search for them and add to the list. I have noted special characteristics of each set or book.

book-goggles-348090_640I have listed them in sets, in order of edition. This is somewhat misleading because many of the books were for 12-16 months use, so a book would be used for longer than our modern grade levels, in some cases.  Most times the level’s name was simply indicative of coming after the one preceding it.  Because of this I tried to find readers of the same publisher and author. Some series are not as complete as others, usually meaning that the missing book had a price tag on it. I will update as I find missing books from a series.

Find out where your child should begin reading by having them read, either silently or aloud, and asking some basic comprehension questions or asking your child to retell a story after reading a  short piece. Use the reader that is appropriate, moving forward in the series.

Some  readers will have phonics lessons for the little ones and oration lessons for older students. Others have spelling lists, language instruction, and exercises, or questions to check comprehension. I will make a note at the introduction to each set to indicate any special features.

 

The Baldwin Primer I just love this little book with color picture, beautiful cursive, music, and hands on activities. It’s a perfect beginning reader!

Baldwin School Reading by Grade: First Year

Baldwin School Reading by Grade: Second Year

Baldwin School Reading by Grades: Third Year

Baldwin School Reading by Grades: Fourth Year

Baldwin School Reading by Grade: Fifth Year

Baldwin School Reading by Grade: Sixth Year

Baldwin School Reading by Grades: Seventh Year

Baldwin School Reading by Grade Eighth Year

 

These have so much to offer. They include a variety of genres, along with exercises requiring response to the literature(expression), phonetic exercises(in the back of the book) and spelling exercises.

figures-54851_640The Bender Primer

Baldwin and Bender’s Fourth Reader

Baldwin and Bender’s Fifth Reader

Baldwin and Bender’s Sixth Reader

Baldwin and Bender’s Eighth Reader

 

These also include a variety of genres, along with exercises requiring response to the literature(expression), phonetic exercises(in the back of the book) and spelling exercises. The teacher’s manual imparts better understanding to the exercises in the readers. I do wish to find the complete set.

Reading with expression: a teacher’s manual to accompany …

Reading With Expression Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Years

 

More Readers

Perhaps to use in place of the missing 2nd and 3rd readers to the sets above.

Fairy Stories and Fables: a Second Reader

Another Fairy Reader: Companion to Fairy Stories and Fables

 Old Greek Stories: a Third Reader

The Golden Fleece: More Old Greek Stories: Companion to Old Greek Stories

 

mill-208571_640Adapted Versions For Young Children

Stories of Don Quixote: Written Anew for Young People

Robinson Crusoe: Written Anew for Children

Gulliver’s Travels Into Some Remote Countries:Written Anew for Children

 

Fifty Famous Stories Retold

Thirty More Famous Stories

Fifty famous people, short stories

 

Old Stories of the East

An American Book of Golden Deeds

A Story of the Golden Age

Stories of the King

The Story of Siegfried

 More James Baldwin

 

Bonus: The Industrial Primary Arithmetic

Free 19th Century Readers

Here are some 19th Century Readers. I have listed them in sets, in order of edition. This is somewhat misleading because many of the books were for 12-16 months use, so a book would be used for longer than our modern grade levels, in some cases.  Most times the level’s name was simply indicative of coming after the one preceding it.  Because of this I tried to find readers of the same publisher and author. Some series are not as complete as others, usually meaning that the missing book had a price tag on it. I will update as I find missing books from a series.

Find out where your child should begin reading by having them read, either silently or aloud, and asking some basic comprehension questions or asking your child to retell a story after reading a  short piece. Use the reader that is appropriate, moving forward in the series.

Some  readers will have phonics lessons for the little ones and oration lessons for older students. Others have spelling lists, language instruction, and exercises, or questions to check comprehension. I will make a note at the introduction to each set to indicate any special features.

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This set of Readers has no primer. Selections include fables, fairy tales, rhymes, myths, nature stories and stories about life. Each book is graduated  to ensure a comfortable transition from one year to the next. This is a typical characteristic of the Readers.

New Century Readers Book 1

New Century Readers Book 2

New Century Readers Book 3

New Century Readers Book 4

New Century Readers Book 5

These readers are also graduated in form, starting with phonics  and sight words in the primer and focusing more on vocabulary and comprehension in the latter years. The exercises in the books include enunciation, spelling, vocabulary, mechanics of writing, articulation and comprehension. The speller covers enunciation, phonics and the mechanics of writing. It includes over 500 exercises covering years of spelling instruction.

Sander’s Union Pictorial Primer

Sander’s Union Reader: Number One

Sander’s Union Reader: Number Two

Sander’s Union Reader: Number Three

Sander’s Union Reader:  Number Four

Sander’s Union Reader: Number Five

Sander’s Union Reader: Number Six

Bonus: Sander’s Union Speller

This set  includes oral exercises in articulation and inflection, new vocabulary defined, reading notes and blurbs about select authors. The Speller includes dictation exercises and enunciation marks. Words are grouped by pattern and language uses.

McGuffey’s Readers Online Tutor -an online tutorial for using the texts.

McGuffey’s Eclectic Primer 

McGuffey’s First Eclectic Reader 

McGuffey’s Second Eclectic Reader

McGuffey’s Third Eclectic Reader 

McGuffey’s Fourth Eclectic Reader

McGuffey’s Fifth Eclectic Reader

McGuffey’s Sixth Eclectic Reader

Bonus: McGuffey’s Eclectic Spelling Book

The New McGuffey First Reader

The New McGuffey Second Reader

The New McGuffey Third Reader 

The New McGuffey Fourth Reader

The New McGuffey Fifth Reader

I’ll be on the lookout for the rest of this set.  They include includes oral exercises in articulation and inflection, spelling and vocabulary words, and comprehension questions. The Speller includes dictation work and words in their various parts of speech.

McGuffey’s New First Eclectic Reader

McGuffey’s New Fourth Eclectic Reader 

McGuffey’s New Fifth Eclectic Reader

McGuffey’s New Sixth Eclectic Reader

Bonus: McGuffey’s New Eclectic Spelling Book

Other McGuffey Readers

The Eclectic Second Reader: Consisting of Progressive Lessons(McGuffey)

McGuffeys’ Alternate Fifth Reader

Mcguffeys’ Fifth Reader of the Eclectic Series

High School Reader

 McGuffey’s High School Reader

Bonus: A History of the McGuffey Readers You can find out more about the McGuffey series and the levels here and here

Narrative Style Science Readers

digital-art-94403_640I’ve chosen these for our early readers or those that are not reading yet, but enjoy mommy or daddy reading aloud to them. The books are full of  natural science focusing mostly on life science. They are written in a friendly narrative style your child is sure to enjoy. These are also a great alternative for those that are reluctant, not ready for textbook layout, or for those using the Thomas Jefferson Education methods. They are categorized by a broad range below.  Most of these have an option to print. There are many more on Google Books. You can use some of the words in these titles as key words in your search. You can read more about searching for free ebooks on Finding Free Textbooks on Google Books or Searching the Internet Archive.

We like these books because they are so charming and they are full of wonderful vocabulary. My oldest has been working on  writing her own book about butterflies for weeks now. She studies in science units and on other websites about various topics of interest for her book and then adds detail to her butterfly narrative. I have been patiently awaiting my turn to edit and revise.

Primary

Nature Stories for Young Readers: Animal Life

Nature Stories for Young Readers: Plant life

Leaves and Flowers, Or, Plant Studies for Young Readers

Chambers’s Elementary Science Readers by Various 

Nature Study in Elementary Schools: First Reader

Intermediate

Animals at Home

Young folks’ pictures and stories of animals: for home and school, Volume 5

The Wild Animal Play for Children: With Alternate Reading …

Fables for Children ; Stories for Children ; Natural Science …

The Story-book of Science

Stories of Animal Life

Short Stories of Our Shy Neighbors