Next to teaching children about the Faith, teaching children to read is of top importance. Below are many resources to help you get started, help struggling readers, and excellent book recommendations for children of all ages and all reading levels. Enjoy!



Excellent Resources for Teaching Children to Read

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Englemann, Phyllis Haddox, and Elaine Brunner.


Grammar Works and Phonics Program by Jay W. Patterson.


The Institute for Excellence in Writing has an excellent phonics program for early readers (Phonetic Zoo).


The Writing Road to Reading by Romalda Bishop Spalding


Days Go By Series


Explode the Code


Help for Struggling Readers

Dianne Craft offers exceptional resources for parents who have children that struggle with learning. Her website offers a wealth of information and serves as an excellent starting point for struggling readers.


Susan Barton is a reading specialist and leader in the dyslexia community. Her reading and spelling program is a proven method for children who struggle to read.


The Orton-Gillingham method is another proven reading program. This program helps children with a variety of learning challenges. To learn more or to find a certified Orton-Gillingham specialist in your area please go to


The Home School Legal Defense Association offers resources, guidance, and help for home school parents of struggling learners. Please go to their website at to learn where to start.


The Family Hope Center also offers resources and information to parents of children with special needs including reading struggles. Their web address is:


Resources to find great reading for all age levels

5 Steps to Successful Home Schooling: How to Add Faith and Focus to Your Home Education Program by: Pamela Patnode

Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum: A Guide to Catholic Home Education by Laura Berquist 

The Well Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by: Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise

Honey for the Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt

Books Children Love by Elizabeth Wilson