What I use currently:
All About Spelling: a 7-level program that teaches the “why” behind spelling instead of just having a list to memorize, and also has a great review system built in for retention. It is pick up and go for the teacher.
Writing and Rhetoric: a great writing program based on the Greek progymnasmata.
Shurley English: a great way to introduce grammar to younger students. I skip a ton of the content in this series and I skip grades entirely.
Junior Analytical Grammar: this is a great follow up to Shurley. Once the student understands and has had around 2 years of Shurley, I switch to this.
Handwriting Without Tears: easy penmanship program
New American Cursive: beginner cursive if the student wants to bypass print in the early grades
Spencerian Penmanship: fancy, old-fashioned cursive for the student who wants beautiful script and the ability to read older handwritten documents.
Headsprout: a fabulous beginning reading program. It takes the student from nothing to 2nd grade in 80 short lessons.
Hooked on Phonics: I use the online app and the readers from both the DVD program and the older Deluxe CD version I got from eBay.
Ticket to Read: a reading program that teaches beginning reading through 6th grade. It has fluency and comprehension exercises that I use.
Reading Eggspress: a good way to help student build reading comprehension
Wordly Wise: an online vocabulary curriculum
Witty Wordsmith: a one-semester course from The Lukeion Project that teaches an enormous amount of Latin and Greek word roots
What I plan to use:
Barbarian Diagrammarian: a one-semester course that will be the capstone on our grammar studies and the final prerequisite to studying Lukeion Latin.
Lukeion Latin* I plan on using level one through AP starting in 6th grade
Lukeion Greek?* I am on the fence about this one. I know that it was in the line-up classically and that a lot of people feel that it is a necessary part of a classical education. We will see what our schedule looks like, but I heard that you shouldn’t start Greek until you have had two years of Latin, so it would be starting in 8th or 9th grade.
AP English: I will be looking into several AP options high school looms nearer. Stay tuned…
*I included Latin and Greek in my language arts line up because a lot of English writers claim that knowledge of those ancient languages help them write in English with more precision and skill.
What I have tried that I am not using:
Spelling Workout: a total disaster for us. It was built around memorization with a few helpful hints like “i before e except after c” and stuff like that. My oldest couldn’t retain anything long-term either.
Classical Writing: a popular greek progymnasmata writing program that totally didn’t work for me for a lot of reasons, which I will hopefully post about.
Classical Composition: another progymnasmata fail for us.
Writing With Skill: a decent program that is written directly to the student, but was too incremental and redundant for our family.
Writing With Ease: I may use this again, but I skipped a lot, and I feel that Writing and Rhetoric does a lot of the same things in a far more pleasant way.
First Form Latin: a good program, but we will be replacing it with Lukeion. I will share why in a post.
Prima Latina: a beginning Latin program that seems like a fun idea, but never worked out for us.
Latin for Children A: another beginning Latin fail for our family