Language Arts

General Language Arts Resources:

  • First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind by Jessie Wise

Phonics Resources:

  • Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, by Siegfried Engelmann, Phyllis Haddox, and Elaine Bruner (highly recommended and used by many CM’rs.

Reading Resources:

  • Deconstructing Penguins: Parents, Kids, and the Bond of Reading by Lawrence Goldstone and Nancy Goldstone
  • Using Beloved Classics to Deepen Reading Comprehension (Scholastic Teaching Strategies) by Monica Edinger

Spelling Resources:

(Please note that many CM’rs do not recommend starting a spelling curriculum until after the child is at a 4th or 5th-grade reading level…And many don’t opt to use a program at all, but instead, trust that spelling will come with reading and copywork.)

  • Sequential Spelling–offers a spelling program that is recommended by some CM’rs. They now have an online version! We use this and it’s wonderful!
  • Natural Speller, by Kathryn L. Stout

And here’s a great idea I found in the archives of the Secular CM egroup that I had to share:

Using dictation to help reinforce spelling… Find a 3 or 4 sentence block (poem, quote from reading, etc…) The child (for example) copies it in print on Monday and in cursive on Wednesday, studying the words throughout the week. On Friday, she writes it from dictation. The parent then writes out any words she missed properly (on a different page) so she can study them some more and rewrite the dictation once every day until she gets all the words or it has been five days. Then move on to the next.

Grammar Resources:

Writing Resources:

Handwriting/Copywork Resources:


  1. hello! I just wanted to say thanks so much for your book lists, you are really wonderful! I now have a Geography spine book, copywork and lots of interesting Literature to look at! I was feeling a little lost as a soon to be Secular CM home edding mum from the UK! 🙂

    1. No problem! And I’ll be adding to this list soon too, since I’m kicking things up a notch for the next school year.

      Out of curiosity, how did you find my site? I always love to hear how people stumble upon my sites. 🙂 And do you know about our podcast? I talked about secular CM in episodes 3 & 4. And will again, I’m sure. 🙂

      And come join us on the Secular CM Yahoogroup if you haven’t yet. The ladies on there are just full of a wealth of knowledge and experience!

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