Reading is probably the most important homeschool activity, but it can also be one of the hardest. Thankfully teaching reading doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Here is a list of free resources I have found helpful for teaching kids to read.
Note: Not all are iPad/tablet friendly. (ie flash player for games and videos)
First: The best free comprehensive program:
Sound city reading is by far one of the best and most comprehensive phonics based reading program that is free! There are many pdf documents you can print off. I love the idea of a reading road with houses that contain all the different sounds.
Free eBooks or iBooks:
Don Potter education pages has many old spelling books to download. He also has some excellent Phonics reading resources. Don also has excellent information also on how Webster’s blue back speller was used to teach reading.
McGuffey reader – a classic of the one room schoolhouse.
New England primer – another good classic.
Dog on a log books has many printable phonics games.
Primary concepts ebook that uses letter tiles.
Free Online games or apps:
Blastoff to reading online games
Teach your monster to read
schoolhouse us free phonics lessons and videos(videos not for iPad but lots of good lessons that can be printed)
Ron Paul curriculum reading program – first 40 video lessons free with worksheets.
First step reading has free video lessons
Full Phonics Curriculum:
Old fashion education – simple
Sound city reading – the best free curriculum.
Reading Bear – some good interactive activities.
Progressive phonics books have you read the hard words, and your child reads the easy words.
The Easy Peasy full curriculum is more than just reading.
The Canadian site for the society for quality education has a free reading program with many resources.
Here is a good language arts program free for level 1.
Tinas Dynamic homeschool plus has many printables.
Spelling worksheets and activities.
If you are adventurous you can make your own copywork and worksheets with special tracing fonts and MS word or Pages by following instructions on the link below:
IEW – many excellent resources especially on learning disabilities and the podcast is one of the best ones out there.
All About Learning Press has wonderful free resources and a great blog about reading and spelling.
This reading momma is a highly recommended blog.
The measured mom blog also has many free resources.
Other miscellaneous resources
I just came across these great free phonics charts.
You can search through goverment documents/papers on teaching at Education Resources Information Center
Eye can learn is not technically phonics but there are several resources for eye tracking if you child is having problems reading. (also apps for the iPad.)
Please leave a comment below if you have found some other free resource useful.