My language arts philosophy is different from a lot of families in that I do not push reading and phonics skills until age 6 or 7. Bo will likely be 7 before she learns to read well, because her birthday is in January and she will not enter Kinder until she is nearly 6.
I believe in the delayed start of school, and I also believe in simple instruction methods for the early grades (which you can read about here).
It was not until Monkey was in the third grade that we started a complete language arts curriculum. Before that, we practiced reading with Phonics Pathways and learned to read using simple books (Dick and Jane mostly). We supplement our language arts programs with a lot of hands-on games and activities, which you will find in the list below.
No matter what language arts program you use, there are basic supplies that you can use to supplement any program. We use the following essential supplies for homeschooling language arts a lot in our language arts studies:
Essential Supplies for Homeschooling Language Arts
You don’t need everything on this list to get started with language arts, but things are a lot more fun if you include several of these!
Rory’s Story Cubes
Mechanical pencils (preferred at our house, but not in others)
Erasable pens (I always thought these were the coolest thing as a kid)
Word Roots Flashcards
Our Favorite Language Arts Supplement Books
Mystery books (The Boxcar Children are a favorite)
Our Favorite Language Arts Curriculum
Shurley English (this is what we are currently using)
Activities and Games to Make Language Arts Fun
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What supplies do you use to teach language arts? What are your essential supplies for homeschooling language arts?
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