Curriculum & Resources
All curriculum is purchased by Ignite Entrepreneurship Academy for your use. Unused portions (textbooks etc) are returned to Ignite.
The following curriculum links have been organized according to grade levels. Choose the level of curriculum that meets your child’s needs for each subject area. There are links to placement tests where applicable.
Your Educational Specialist will be able to help guide you in your curriculum selection.
Language Smarts™ Level E (4th grade) is the fourth addition to our award-winning Language Smarts™ series. This colorful, fun, 400-page book teaches reading, writing, spelling, punctuation, grammar, and thinking skills students are expected to learn in fourth grade and several skills and concepts normally taught in fifth grade. Language Smarts™ can serve as a complete curriculum for language arts or as a supplemental resource. Improve your students’ language arts skills while you develop their critical thinking skills with these easy-to-use lessons and activities. Teaching and practicing language arts skills and concepts has never been easier! No lesson preparation needed! Each section introduces a specific topic, followed by appropriate practice and application activities. These engaging and colorful lessons develop critical thinking and language arts skills through a variety of activities and different genres: parts of speech, punctuation, sentences and paragraphs, homophones and homographs, fact or inferences, writing, and more! Learn More
Notes: Covers all language arts skills and doesn’t need much parent involvement. Colorful pages.
Essentials curriculum uses proven, research-based methods to teach remedial students ages 8 to adult to read, spell, and write successfully. Essentials improves the spelling and reading skills of all learners by providing linguistically accurate phonics instruction, fluency practice, morphology and vocabulary development, grammar, and composition. Clear instructions and scripted lessons allow teachers, tutors, and parents to learn alongside their students, developing their own understanding of the structure of English as they teach. Multi-sensory instruction and a variety of multi-sensory exercises allow teachers to customize the curriculum for the needs of their students, paving the way to success in reading for all kinds of learners. Learn More
Comes with: Essentials Teacher’s Guide, Essentials Student Workbooks. Additionally, Spelling Journal, Basic Phonogram Flash Cards, Spelling Rule Flash Cards, Advanced Phonogram Flash Cards, Grammar Flash Cards, Phonogram Game Cards (2 sets in different colors), Phonogram Game Tiles, Phonogram and Spelling Rule Quick Reference, Spelling Analysis Card can be supplied if needed.
Notes: Logic of English is a very solid phonics foundation that will start at square one and progress very quickly. It is meant for remediation students above age 8. It is quite parent intensive but may raise reading level significantly. Placement Help
eSpark automatically differentiates for your child based on his/her current needs, giving them targeted instruction in reading.
Diverse third-party games, videos, and resources spark a love of learning and help your child practice new skills.
Within eSpark’s adaptive, self-paced pathways, your child will master new standards, receive immediate feedback, and synthesize their learning along the way.
Grades 4 – 6 – Teach writing skills using this innovative new approach. The Four Square method can be used with all forms of writing and will fit any reading or language arts program. This step-by-step approach is built around a simple graphic organizer that first shows students how to collect ideas and then helps them use those ideas to create clear and polished prose. Open-ended reproducibles make the technique accessible to writers of all ability ranges. Learn More
Notes: A writing method that is easy to teach.
Design a new plant species. Evaluate the relationship between a Native American boy and a pioneer boy who are able to learn from one another in spite of their differences. Experiment with magnets and electricity. Learn about simple machines and examine how they are used in a colony of rats in the The Rats of NIMH. At Moving Beyond the Page we believe that children learn when they are actively engaged in their learning. Beginning with the Age 8-10 level, we use many hands on and engaging science kits to teach your child the science topics being covered. You cannot find a more hands on science curriculum available for homeschoolers. Learn More
Comes with: Each Concept comes with a variety of Literature, Manipulatives, a Teachers manual and Student Activity book.
Notes: Moving Beyond The Page is a literature based curriculum. It does become overwhelming with so many activities. Our favorite way to use it is to pick and choose between activities and not become bogged down by doing all of them. Placement Test
Your student will learn exciting new concepts, including words with multiple suffixes, fifteen new phonograms, and methods for decoding multi syllable words – and continue to establish a firm foundation for a lifetime of learning. Every component of reading is taught: decoding (phonics and structural analysis), vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Learn More
Needs: Teacher Manual, Student Activity Packet, 2 Readers, Interactive kit.
Notes: All About Reading is great for struggling readers, but it can be too repetitive for quick learners. Placement Test
Content provides research-based, multi-sensory instruction best for beginning and struggling readers. Reinforcement for every skill in the “1/2 books” series allows for extra practice. Consistent exercise formats with simple directions and concrete examples allow students to work and learn independently. Learn More
Needs: Semester 1- Book 7, Semester 2- Book 8 (1/2 books are available only if extra practice is needed)
Notes: Great for the child who is beginning to read but needs practice.
Frontier taps into student interests and experiences to build confident, engaged writers. Aligned to ELA state standards, Frontier writing projects feature thought provoking guiding questions, curated multimedia texts and resources, and formative assessments.
Every Frontier writing project culminates in an extended narrative, opinion, or informational writing challenge that asks students to think critically and apply what they learned while citing evidence from complex texts.
As students write, they’re given automated, real-time feedback on their use of purpose, organization, evidence, and spelling and grammar conventions. Once they submit their first draft, students review and provide feedback on the writing of two of their peers.
American Spirit continues to guide students through the skill development stage of spelling. Students will read about various people and events from American history, with a gradually increasing reading level. At the same time, the emphasis on the mastery of everyday words continues, building a strong foundation for the next stage of spelling. Just as in the previous level, American Spirit utilizes the three core activities of Spelling You See: chunking – which provides hands-on experience with English’s many irregular letter patterns, copy work – which requires the brain to pay attention to details in print, and dictation – which gives an opportunity for student to demonstrate decoding and encoding in a meaningful context. Learn More
Comes with: Instructors Handbook and Student Pack.
Notes: This curriculum runs a little below level.
List words are mostly two-syllable words and some complex single syllable words and some multi-syllable words. Lessons contain games such as crossword puzzles, word search, definition matching, unscrambling words, identifying misspelled list words in a paragraph, alphabetizing words, complete the sentences, match the picture to the list word, and identifying words that make certain sounds. Learn More
Comes with: Workbook and Answer Key.
Spelling Workout has all the components you need to lead students from simple sound-letter relationships to more complex spelling patterns. Students learn spelling skills based on phonics through unique, cross-curricular reading passages, practice, and high-interest writing activities. Packed with flexible lessons, motivating activities, including fun riddles and puzzles, this dynamic program leads students to spelling success! Learn More
Notes: My personal favorite Spelling program as it is phonics based and includes writing and editing.
In Level 3, your student will continue to learn encoding skills, reliable spelling rules, and multisensory strategies for spelling, along with exciting new concepts including 10 new phonograms, the jobs of Silent E, words with C+l-e syllables, contractions, homophones, consonant and vowel suffixes, and past tense. Phonological awareness and encoding skills are taught throughout Level 3. Learn More
The most overlooked stage in the writing journey! (9-10 yr olds)
Do you wonder how much support to give to your child’s writing? Are you worried that you might be helping too much, or that your child won’t become an independent writer if you help your child write, revise, and edit his or her work? You’re not alone. The truth is: educational development in children grows in direct proportion to the appropriate level of support offered by a caring experienced adult. You are that person!
Successfully navigate the Partnership Writing phase (no more “blank page, blank stare” syndrome!) with our Year-Long Language Arts Plan and 10 Monthly Writing Projects. Parents are given clear instructions about how much support to give to a child’s writing project—what’s too much, what’s not enough? You’ll go on a journey of joyful collaboration with your child, who will gain confidence and excitement about writing.
The Partnership Writing program product:
Developmentally appropriate writing projects
A weekly and monthly plan
Partnership Writing helps you create a language-rich environment, suggests a daily routine for your language arts practices, and provides you 10 month-long writing projects/assignments (the “what to write”) to last all year.
This level covers direct, indirect quotations, dialogue, the writing process, creative writing, how-to-writing, personal narrative, descriptive writing, and persuasive writing. Learn More
Comes with: 2 Workbooks and Answer Key.
Diagramming compound subjects and predicates, combing sentences, identifying two subjects and two predicates in a sentence, diagramming questions and commands, direct quotations, indirect quotations. Writing a paragraph, concrete and abstract nouns, nouns of direct address, compound nouns, noun suffixes, dictionary skills, giving directions predicate nouns, contractions formed with pronouns, helping verbs, verb phrases, verb tenses, writing a narrative paragraph, diagramming adjectives and adverts, double negatives, writing a descriptive paragraph, prepositional phrases used as adverbs and adjectives, diagramming prepositional phrases, conjunctions, interjections, writing a book report, raise and rise, let and leave, lend and borrow and teach and learn. Learn More
Comes with: Workbook and Answer Key.
Beginning 2 (grade 3-5) Editor in Chief® Beginning 2 improves students’ grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and attention to detail using a standards-based thinking approach rather than drill and practice. This effective method teaches students to carefully analyze and edit stories. This book includes 18 lessons in grammar and mechanics. Students identify and circle errors in each story and write their correction. The grammatical and mechanical errors in the paragraphs are based on general instructional guidelines for specific grade levels; the content level, however, is ungraded, allowing usage of these materials at many instructional levels. Writing styles and content are varied to sustain interest and to broaden the students’ exposure to different writing formats, such as letters, stories, and dialogue. The illustrations integrated into the context of the activities further spark student interest. The skills developed can be applied to the students’ own writing. Detailed answers are also included. Learn More
Beginning 1 (grades 3-4) Students learn the meaning and spelling of roots, prefixes, and suffixes commonly used in English. Learning these word elements dramatically improves spelling and the ability to decode unfamiliar words. The activities focus on using these words in context to help students incorporate each word into their vocabulary and retain the correct spelling. There are periodic reviews to make sure students retain what is taught in the lessons. Word Roots books will add hundreds of words to your students’ vocabulary and greater depth to their thinking and writing. Learn More
Beginning (grade 3-4) The standards-based critical thinking activities of Reading Detective® develop the analysis, synthesis, and vocabulary skills students need for exceptional reading comprehension. The activities are especially effective at helping students understand more challenging reading concepts such as drawing inferences, making conclusions, determining cause-and-effect, and using context clues to define vocabulary. Students read and analyze short literature passages and stories that include fiction and nonfiction genres. Then they answer multiple-choice and short-response questions, citing sentence evidence to support their answers. Learn More
(Grades 4-7) The Language Mechanic is a comprehensive program that uses fun examples and logical reasons to eliminate the confusion students often feel while learning the mechanics of language. This book demonstrates and reinforces why each language rule is important. Lessons begin with a “grabber” – a humorous miscommunication that results when a rule is broken. Examples are followed by an explanation of the specific rule, the logic behind it, then guided and independent practice. Learn More
Wordly Wise 3000® provides direct academic vocabulary instruction that develops the critical link between vocabulary and reading comprehension. Direct instruction of important, useful, or difficult words for each grade level helps students successfully comprehend content-area texts and improve test results. Learn More
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Zaner-Bloser Handwriting is a complete handwriting program that can be taught in as little as 15 minutes a day! The Zaner-Bloser style teaches a cursive alphabet that is made up of four basic strokes: the undercurve, downcurve, overcurve, and slant.
This fourth grade cursive workbook provides cursive reinforcement. Colorful and engaging exercises include tracing and writing letters, joinings, words, sentences, and paragraphs. Review and application exercises are included throughout. Students will think about shape, size, spacing and slant as the keys to legibility. The last unit is “using what you have learned” and focuses on real-life applications of cursive handwriting in situations like writing an invitation, writing a friendly letter, taking notes, and more. Learn More
D’Nealian Handwriting is the original continuous stroke handwriting program! It’s based on a few simple connecting strokes that children use to write in cursive.
Three units are included in this Grade 4 workbook: Reviewing Manuscript Letters, Writing Cursive Letters, and Applying Handwriting Skills. Students will practice writing capital and lower-case letters (paying particular attention to the finer details of each letter’s strokes), copy the provided letters/words/sentences provided, practice correct spacing, and finish assignments based on real-life situations. Learn More