Find a Secular Language Arts Curriculum
Use this list to choose a secular language arts curriculum to use in your homeschool. This is a comprehensive list of quality curriculum that you can choose from and know that they are secular!
I’ll share briefly about any of the curriculums that I have used and link to my full reviews.
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Language Arts covers a wide range of areas:
Some curriculum only cover one of these areas, some cover multiple, rarely will you find a curriculum that actually covers all of them though.
What does secular mean?
Before moving further, let’s make sure we’re on the same page with this. To qualify as secular, a curriculum cannot allow religion to influence the content. This means there is not scripture in the curriculum. There are no religious stories being taught as fact or religious rules being taught.
All in One Language Arts Curriculum
These secular language arts curriculums vary in their approach to teaching reading, writing, grammar, and spelling. Look at the website, read some reviews and decide if that approach would resonate with you and your family.
Logic of English is a full phonics, reading, handwriting, grammar and spelling curriculum. We love the integrated approach this curriculum takes! There are 2 levels: Foundations (for ages 4-7) and Essentials (for ages 8+). You do not need to do Foundations before Essentials if your learner is 8+.
This is an excellent Orton-Gillinham based curriculum for teaching reading, handwriting, grammar, and spelling. It doesn’t cover topics like literature, writing essays, or creative writing though.
I highly recommend using LOE Foundations for grades K-2. It is made to teach reading in the best way possible and it’s fun! Plus it also includes handwriting, grammar, and spelling.
Read my full LOE Foundations Review: Best Reading Curriculum for K-2 Homeschoolers
I created LitHouse Learning to have secular, diverse, and inclusive novel studies that use modern literature. The novel studies use The Writing Revolution methods and activities to teach writing. They also include vocabulary study and literature analysis. You can learn more about how to use the novel studies here.
We also have writing workbooks based on The Writing Revolution to go along with popular history curricula like Curiosity Chronicles, History Quest, and Story of the World. You can get the history writing workbooks here.
This is not only a full language arts curriculum but is also offered as an all-in-one full curriculum that includes all subjects except math.
It is set up in unit studies and integrates language arts with other subjects too. While it is written for gifted students, anyone can use this curriculum. They have preK through high school available.
Brave Writer is excellent for teaching the parent how to encourage kids’ writing. This is a great option for grades 2 and up, but I wouldn’t recommend it for teaching kids how to read. It’s great for literature, writing, and grammar though.
Brave Writer is a very relaxed curriculum and doesn’t resonate with everyone, so definitely explore it to see if it would fit for you. There are many free samples on the website to help you get a good idea.
This is a language arts curriculum encompassing grammar, vocabulary, writing, poetry, and literature. It’s best for 2nd grade through high school.
A free language arts curriculum that is standards-based and created by a charter school. They have grades K-12 available online.
Secular Reading Curriculum – Learn to Read
Because phonics-based reading instruction is the only approach supported by science, I will only list the phonics-based curriculum here.
This was included in the all-in-one section and you can see more details there. I highly recommend this curriculum for teaching your kids to read.
All About Reading is another Orton-Gillingham phonics program. It’s an excellent curriculum to teach kids to read!
This is a phonics curriculum that has either a workbook format or online format.
This book is widely used by homeschoolers to teach kids to read, but I hear the same sentiment repeated over and over – it’s boring.
Secular Spelling Curriculum
Secular Writing Curriculum
ALL levels of Write Shop are now secular! This is a fun writing curriculum that works well. I use this with my kids and we really like it.
This is a fun writing game for ages 6-12.
This was discussed some above, but is worth mentioning again because it’s focus really is on writing and the approach it takes is enjoyed by many people.
This is a classical curriculum for elementary students or older students who struggle with writing. Some begin this curriculum in first grade, others wait until later grades. There are 4 levels:
This curriculum is for older students in middle or high school. There are 3 levels that each have an instructor’s guide and workbook.
This curriculum has 8 levels that correspond with grade level.
Click here to find Writing Games & Activities to add to your homeschool!
Secular Grammar Curriculum
This grammar curriculum from Well Trained Mind has 4 levels for elementary students. It uses a classical approach to teaching.
A fun online game to teach kids grammar! Click here to get 50% off.
Secular Vocabulary Curriculum
Secular Literature Based Curriculum
These are a different type of curriculum, but still worth including here. Each of these curriculum include multiple subjects along with language arts.
Secular Language Arts Homeschool Curriculum
And there you have it, a list of all the wonderful secular language arts curriculum available! Use this list to choose a language arts homeschool curriculum that will work well for your family & the ages of your kids.