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Language Arts: Vocabulary Homeschool Curriculum Guide


Click here to download Evan-Moor’s Vocabulary Homeschool Curriculum Guide.

When my daughter was about 3 years old, she wanted to know “big words.” I got a kick out of teaching her words like “foreshadowing” or “nemesis” when we would discuss books we read together.

Now that my kids are older, it is important that their vocabulary continues to grow.

Since we use Evan-Moor for all of our homeschooling subjects, I was pleased to find they publish several resources for teaching vocabulary as well.


Each homeschool day, we begin with A Word a Day to teach the kids 4 new vocabulary words in a week.

I appreciate how the Teacher Directions shared suggested ways to use the 36 weekly units.

It is quick and easy. We typically complete our A Word a Day warm-up in less than 5 minutes a day!


This past year, we started using Vocabulary Fundamentals to teach vocabulary.

One of the fabulous features is that each unit offers with 3 levels of difficulty so you can easily adjust to your child’s needs with practice pages and word play activities. It is also very helpful to teach vocabulary to more than one child at a time.


When we are ready for vocabulary practice activities that feel more like a game than “school,” I always check Evan-Moor’s Take it to Your Seat: Vocabulary Centers as assignments for practice and to apply skills in new ways. These colorful, hands-on activities are great for workboxes!

The center activities can be completed in any order, and you can also laminate the activity if you wish to use it several times.

Each center activity also includes a follow-up written response activity for your child to complete if desired.

 For additional guides by subject area, see Homeschool Curriculum Resources and Guides.

Did You Know?

Did you know that Evan-Moor wants to support homeschoolers?

Evan-Moor has a digital lesson plan library where you can access all of these titles (and over 400 more) in a subscription to TeacherFileBox.

The subscription includes all subjects and grade levels for $13 a month. Click here to start your free 30 day trial.

Evan-Moor also offers a free Facebook group for subscribers of TeacherFileBox, too!

For more specific teaching ideas and tips for using over 18,000 activities in TeacherFileBox, please join our FREE Facebook Group

Amy Michaels is a certified teacher with 11 years of elementary classroom experience who is actively homeschooling her own children. Her mission is share the best teaching methods and resources with all homeschoolers. Amy supports parents through her podcasts, webinars, and online training for homeschoolers on her website

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