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7,200+ Confident Readers and Spellers

Grades K-8 Brain-based Homeschool Reading & Spelling Curriculum

Scholar Within’s online and offline homeschool curriculum makes teaching reading and spelling easy with self-paced, step-by-step lessons.

Homeschool Reading & Spelling Program

Homeschool Reading & Spelling Program

Scholar Within’s Bonnie Terry, M.Ed., BCET has been featured on

As seen on CBS, FOX, ABC, NBC

A Better Homeschool Curriculum

Science Based Reading Curriculum

Science-based and

Our curriculum is structured, multisensory, and sequential. It is Orton-Gillingham based.

Phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency are the core of the program.

Online and Offline Homeschool Reading Curriculum Program

Online and offline
self-paced curriculum

Reading passages come alive with our Tap-to-Read technology. Our video lessons strategically teach spelling and phonics.

Worksheets, printables, and card games supplement the lessons.


Less time with
less effort

Each day, your child will do 3 to 6 different activities that are each 5-20 minutes long.

We give you the step-by-step curriculum to effectively homeschool reading and spelling.

What parents are saying

5 Star Reviews

“My daughter has not only increased her words per minute but also has improved her comprehension.”

– Mary M.

5 Star Reviews

“The video spelling and phonics lessons are like having a private tutor in our home.”

– Wendy R.

5 Star Reviews

“The games were really enjoyable! We even played them AFTER the lesson was over for the day.”

– Natalie M.

Everything you need to teach reading and spelling at home

Sequential Explicit Lessons

Step-by-step, online and offline lessons

Reading Passages

Carefully selected online reading curriculum

Tap to Read

Tap-to-read, online read-aloud technology

Take Notes Graphic Organizer

Take notes offline with graphic organizers

Reading Fluency

Offline reading fluency training

Video Spelling and Phonics Lessons

Spelling and phonics video lessons and tests

Spelling Patterns

Learn to spell with spelling patterns

Spelling Puzzles

Offline puzzles and worksheets

Vocabulary Word Attack Card Games

Vocabulary and word-attack card games

Time Management Calendar

Offline planning and time-management

Executive Function

Executive function and mind-body activities

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Student Results

Below are the student averages of elementary grade students using curriculum designed by Scholar Within’s Bonnie Terry, M.Ed., BCET.

Student Research Reading Fluency
Student Research Reading Comprehension

Reviews from Parents

  1. K Kelly P.

    Best curriculum I’ve seen so far for homeschoolers! It’s precisely organized by week and day, for everything. Which I have yet to experience by all other programs claiming the same.
    This program even tapers the workload to ease in on Monday, peak midweek and taper down Friday. Though they have a couple suggested alternatives with a handy calendar, the primary schedule is our favorite and keeps the day and week on track.
    There isn’t an easy way to take a day off without catching up or skipping. So it isn’t quite self paced as mentioned, namely because everything is executed so well and organized to perfection! It’d just be easier to take the week off than try to catch up if you missed more than a day – but that’s what makes homeschool special anyway. No makeup sick work or jamming in school while on vacation.
    This program is what I expected for homeschool curriculum but never found. I almost considered returning to regular school because it’s so costly and laborious putting materials with worksheets and tests. Scholar Within is a game changer! I wish they covered more topics honestly.
    The daily drills bring a lot of confidence because there is not an expectation to read a set amount of words. Plus, they naturally improve just by reviewing the words right before the one min timed drill. No additional practice needed! So smart! He begs me to do drills every day. Zero struggles. Then students chart their word count progress right after, so they see improvement everyday. He’s so proud of himself for the first time ever with reading and spelling.
    Brilliantly designed to help kids organically challenge themselves without the pressure of comparison or expectation of a certain number.
    He loves that he can review notes and I love that this program clearly teaches how to take effective, useful notes. Schools don’t even teach that and I had to learn in college which was hard.
    We’ve homeschooled two years now and I’ve spent so much time and money with the “big” guys to no avail. Not with Scholar Within. Everything is perfectly paired and materials are exactly sequences to online. Each worksheet page says what lesson week and matches exactly to what is shown online.
    We spent four days on the trial and bought the year subscription without hesitation. Mind you I’d already spent over $400 for the semester with other curriculum.
    The materials prep for printed workbooks is staged so you might want to consider that before setting your start date. We subscribed a couple days before their packing materials. It shipped in a couple days later and we received our free printed materials 5 days after signing up for the year! So we don’t even have to wait the extra week we thought we would.
    The boy 4th grade cheers, screams and thunderous happy dances are a sight I’ve rarely seen. The morning of materials arrival he was keeping track for the delivery truck like it was a toy ordered from Amazon. Thank you so much! We’re so excited for the year to come!
    A few days is all you need to see the value. It’s easy to use and improvements happen on day two for every student.
    Best online program by far!

  2. T TERESA B.

    My daughter has really struggled with spelling over the years – she is now in seventh grade. This program has been one of the best programs to help her grow in her ability to spell. Thank you!

  3. J Jennifer K.

    I started using this program after a TON of research. I needed a good fit for my 8 yr old dyslexic daughter. I’d say she 1.5-2 reading grades behind. We tried the summer program and loved it. This program was very simple and easy to acclimate to, which was a blessing bc these days I don’t have the time and energy to deep dive learning new programs. Scholar Within was instantly engaging and with the easy to follow step by step layout it made everything so approachable. I had to reach out through chat a few times and always received responses quickly and they were kind, helpful, and encouraging. 5 star customer service! I like how you can change the levels within the program (I started lower so that I could build her confidence) and the variety within lessons. You might see that some are saying there’s a lot of printing, I was at first concerned about this but it really wasn’t bad. I’d just print a few lessons ahead of time and keep them in the folder. It was actually pretty easy and only took 1-2 minutes. They also have an option for some of the weeks to buy pre-printed materials. Do what works for you 🙂 My daughter said she really liked the games too.

  4. U Urizza L.

    I was a newbie to homeschooling when I signed up for this program. Now I realized, after almost a year of homeschooling, that this program is too expensive. It does have good content, but the way it is delivered is very boring that my children don’t want to use it.

  5. K Kimberly W.

    Wonderful program for children, especially for my child with ADHD and speech delay. I am so grateful that there is a program out here for children like this.

  6. K K M.

    My son is 13 years old and struggles with reading, reading comprehension, and auditory processing. I thought this program seemed like just the right fit for him but we were disappointed in it. It’s the same stuff repeated over and over again. You read a passage and fill out an outline/graphic organizer page. It wasn’t teaching my child anything new. The spelling was ok but the words seemed a bit under average for even a poor speller. The games for executive function were not great. My son felt like they were geared for children not a tween. The field trip section we found very boring and unsure of the expectations.

  7. C Cloressa O.

    We tried Scholar Within for our student in the summer of 2022. Our student has ADHD and diagnosed learning disabilities. This program was just what we needed to keep our student engaged during the summer. The executive function focus that this program includes was so helpful especially for kids with ADHD. I highly recommend this for families that have students with reading and reading comprehension as an opportunity. This program covers spelling, reading comprehension, note taking, executive function, and has so many great brain games and virtual field trip ideas. We will be doing this program every summer going forward. Phenomenal program and the price points are so much better than a lot of the other programs out there. Keep in mind this is a team effort, this program has an online aspect but it also has worksheets and requires parent interaction. I absolutely love that it has text to speech and encourages the student to read aloud. I also love that it puts focus on writing and not just typing up stuff online. There are so many great things about this program I wish I could list them all.

  8. K Kyle G.

    Our second grader is a great reader, but really struggled with spelling. This program offered everything he needed in order to begin spelling words correctly and with so much more understanding. The program is well organized and efficient, offering a great foundation to students. We couldn’t be happier!

  9. E Emmanuelle R.

    The program is well organized and easy to follow. The program helped my son with dyslexia a lot for ready fluency. Nothing else had helped… It was like a game for him and we called it his “brain activity”. Very happy and totally recommend it.

  10. C Crystal H.

    This program is absolutely different from everything we have tried in the past, it’s truly amazing !! I think the layout online is wonderful, it really helps that the kids see what is expected of them everyday (and a time estimate keeps them motivated). I love way they teach planning is a great life skill! The printed materials are beautifully done and organized! They make learning simple and fun. The reading lessons vary in topics keeping kids interested and they often tell dad at dinner what they have read because they’re actually retaining it. The spelling program is also amazing teaching VC patterns and going over phonic patterns. We also enjoy that the reading and spelling lessons can be at different grade levels to perfectly adapt to each child and their needs. 5 stars from me!

  11. K Kelley B.

    My son and I have tried many reading programs; this one has made the most significant difference. It trains the brain to think of reading and spelling in ways beyond rote memorization. In addition, the reading program is enjoyable and effective. As a result, my son started the school year with increased confidence as a reader, and I feel better prepared to help him with his learning.

  12. V Valerie K.

    My child was diagnosed with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) and it has been a difficult journey in getting her to develop phonemic awareness skills and reading fluency, among other reading deficits. After enrolling her in Scholar Within’s reading and spelling program over the summer, I have seen the improvement that I’ve been waiting for! I will definitely continue using this program throughout the school year.

  13. J Jennifer A.

    Fabulous reading program! We enrolled our daughter over the summer. It was so wonderful we decided to continue using the program during the school year.

  14. D Dr. Kimberly C.

    Great program, even for an older struggling reader with auditory processing disorder and possible dyslexia.
    I like the option of switching between grade levels as needed customer service has been fast/useful so far.

  15. K Kathleen B.

    After a recent diagnosis of dyslexia, we started our son on this program over the summer. He has taken to it so well and we have already seen such great improvement. We are looking forward to continuing the program year-round!

  16. R Rachelle M.

    I have two children who just completed 8 weeks of the reading and spelling program. My oldest is dyslexic and I’ve been looking for a spelling program that is geared towards older kids since she is in 8th grade and many of the other spelling programs we’ve done feel like they are for younger children. My daughter appreciated that the lessons were straightforward in teaching the patterns through sight, sound and writing. Her spelling confidence and ability grew tremendously. My youngest benefited from the reading fluency drills and reading comprehension activities. Both enjoyed the games and puzzles. We look forward to continuing with the program into the fall as homeschoolers.

  17. M Mary M.

    We love the reading and spelling program. My daughter has not only increased her words per minute but also has expanded her comprehension. She is learning valuable note taking strategies and has drastically improved her spelling. She also enjoys the content! We are excited to see her growth.

  18. N Natalie M.

    This program really helped my daughters (grade 3 and grade 2) with reading comprehension! It gave us as parents the tools we needed to ask the right questions to help them too! Also, the games were really enjoyable! We even played them AFTER the lesson was over for the day. We were very impressed with the variety of activities and tools available with this program.

  19. A Amy D.

    My daughter is begging me to do your reading program again to strengthen her skills. The guides for note-taking and how to pick out important information was only second to the fun activities each day last year. We look forward to seeing what’s in store for this year!

  20. L Lisa G.

    Thank you for partnering with me to help my daughters improve their reading skills. They are really enjoying your program and are excited about becoming more confident readers. I am loving it already! I signed up my twin daughters, who are homeschooled.

  21. W Wendi L.

    My children took the Scholar Within reading program. I was impressed with how user-friendly and intuitive the program is.

  22. S Sabrina D.

    The Monday exercise of reading and taking notes followed with questions on those selections on Wednesday is a really great help for my kids. This lets them work on their comprehension skills. It has made a big difference! The whole program has been a good experience for us. Thank you very much!

  23. N Niiro T.

    Even when I’m not sure how to reason/explain to my son about a reading comprehension answer, all I have to do is ask you. You are so good at giving quick replies that are easy for me to tell my son. Thank you!

  24. G Gracie K.

    Ma’am, you are a blessing. I am on my 2nd year as a kindergarten teacher and your technique eased my doubts about being effective towards teaching children who have zero spelling and reading skills.

  25. M Margie K.

    My son couldn’t write or spell. Our lives changed when we found your system. It was just what we needed. It was a 100% turnaround! I noticed the improvement immediately, but it became more dramatic as time went on. He came home with smiles. He started liking school. He became a confident learner. In fact, by the time he was in 4th grade, he was at the top of his class.

  26. C Calvin T.

    We really loved the program. Thanks so much for all of the neat assignments and games to enhance executive function skills.

  27. S Sky B.

    Your videos make it so easy for my kids to actually see and hear how letters and sounds come together to make words. They are improving my kids’ spelling and reading skills. Such a bonus! And, they love playing the games, too.

  28. K Kameron F.

    Thanks for your help throughout this process. You are so responsive whenever I have a question or concern. I see activities on the different levels for my kids which makes them easy to follow. This has been an awesome experience for our family.

  29. J Jennifer P.

    My son is doing well and shows improvements with the reading drills each day. He is also doing well with all the work that is presented. His overall work is improving too. He’s even able to find spelling errors now. Woohoo!

  30. C Cynthia B.

    I really do like the reading fluency drills. They are making a difference for my son. They are so easy to fit into our day. The thing we didn’t like was all the printing we had to do each week.

  31. K Karla C.

    I am very grateful for having found Scholar Within. As a homeschooling mom, I am always in search of good materials that fit the needs of my children. Scholar Within has been especially beneficial for my 7th grader, his greatest challenges have been spelling, and clarity while reading out loud. I was amazed at the way in which Scholar Within combines phonics, spelling, and reading comprehension. My son has advanced significantly in these areas since we started using the program. He loves the reading selections and finds them very educative and interesting.

    Great program. I highly recommend it to any parent.

  32. R Regina A.

    The videos made all the difference in the world. The spelling videos showed me step by step the structure. You really made spelling easy for my kids. I just keep working with the video, the spelling, the way you explain it, they watch it over and over. It really sinks in. Your materials help build their self-esteem up. They’re short quick activities. You can get so much done in half an hour.

  33. W Wendy F.

    We are really liking the summer reading program. I appreciate that you moved my daughter’s level to make the program even more effective for her. Thanks so much.

  34. M Megan W.

    I did find the videos and activities interesting. There was a bit too much printing for me.

  35. C Cathy H.

    Jake is doing well and enjoying the program. I’m so pleased with how he has improved and that he likes doing our sessions! Thanks so much!

  36. K Katherine W.

    My son’s first drill trend is definitely going in the right direction. His words per minute increased by 17%, and his mistakes decreased, and this is only the first week. I can’t believe he had that much progress already. Thank you for this program and thanks so much for being available for questions, too!

  37. T Tricia L.

    Last summer my 3 kids were enrolled in both Scholar Within and another major reading program. Scholar Within had more fun activities and games and really focused on building the underlying skills to really prepare for the upcoming year. The other program didn’t build skills in the same way and was less interactive in my home.

  38. C Christine P.

    Your program has so many great things in it. The plan for an excursion was a brilliant idea! We made a trip to the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis and to the Science Museum in St. Louis. I have seen improvements and I have gained insight into how my daughter reads and processes (or lack thereof) the reading assignments. Thank you so very much! The whole-brain approach to improving reading has been very insightful.


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Scholar Within Homeschool Curriculum Kit


How it Works:
Homeschool Reading and Spelling Curriculum

Scholar Within’s homeschool reading curriculum is self-paced, step-by-step with video instruction, printables, and offline activities.

  • Reading Level: Grades K-8

    Start where your child is currently reading and spelling.

    We have different levels for grades K-8 to meet your child where they are over the school year. Spelling and reading levels can be adjusted independently. There are 20 weeks of lessons per level. When you get to the end of one level, you can graduate to the next.

  • Reading Fluency Activity

    Each day, your child will train their eyes to read faster.

    This is NOT speed reading. This is reading fluency training.

    With this 5-minute reading activity, your kids will train their eyes to read more smoothly from left to right. They’ll identify letters and words faster. Your child will learn how to read faster and more accurately. They’ll improve their decoding skills, fluency, and comprehension. Your child will love to see their progress each day.

  • Reading Passage and Take Notes

    Each week, your child will read two engaging reading selections and take notes.

    Taking notes not only helps you remember what you have read, but it helps you organize your thoughts. Taking notes helps you summarize and talk about what they have read.

    We teach even younger kids to take notes! Younger kids can dictate or record their notes. We make taking notes easy with our custom-designed graphic organizers. Kids just need to fill in the blanks. This activity takes 15-20 minutes.

  • Reading Comprehension: Answer Questions

    A day or two after your child reads their selection, they will review their notes and answer questions.

    By asking questions a couple of days later, children improve their memory and long-term reading comprehension skills.

    Too many other homeschool reading programs and teachers ask children to answer questions immediately after they have read a selection.

  • Spelling List Words by Spelling Patterns

    Each week, your child will get a new list of spelling words grouped by their spelling pattern.

    These are activities like completing the pattern and matching uppercase and lowercase letters. They’ll also learn to write simple sentences with provided printable word cards. These activities improve visual perception and fine motor skills.

  • Interactive Video Lessons

    Your child will follow along with video spelling lessons and tests.

    Your child will fill out a corresponding spelling worksheet as they watch the videos. Younger kids can use provided printable letter cards. Spelling tests are self-correcting. 

    This spelling system is Orton-Gillingham based, multisensory, and custom-designed by learning expert Bonnie Terry, M.Ed., BCET.

  • Spelling Word Search

    Spelling puzzle and pattern worksheets supplement the lessons.

    These are activities like word searches, sorting your words, fill-in-the-blank, and more. Your child will start to identify spelling patterns in words not in their spelling lists each week.

  • Executive Function Activity

    Improve executive function skills and move your body with mind-body activities.

    These executive function activities include planning, organizing, strategizing, flexible thinking, remembering, and paying attention to details.

    Mind-body activities activate your vestibular system which helps improve higher-order thinking, interpreting information, and helps get your body operating in unison with your mind.

  • Spelling Card Games

    Play new card games every couple of weeks.

    Your kids can play these games at any time during the week with your family or their friends. They work on strengthening reading and spelling skills as well as make learning a lot more fun! You can print these games at home or get them in the homeschool kit.

  • Short Activities

    45-60 Minutes a Day

    All of these activities are each only 5-20 minutes long and you can fit them into your schedule. We have planning calendars to help! This is not an all-day-long program.

Homeschool Curriculum Compared

  Scholar Within Online Homeschool Reading Curriculums Offline Homeschool Reading Curriculums
Online and offline activities Yes Some No
Science-based curriculum Yes Some Some
Phonics Yes Some Some
Reading comprehension Yes Some Some
5 Minute reading fluency training Yes No No
Tap to Read: read-aloud technology Yes No No
Learn to spell with spelling patterns Yes No No
Executive function and planning skills Yes No No
Designed by board certified educational therapist and reading specialist Yes No No
Orton-Gillingham Based Yes Some Some

Designed by Learning Expert Bonnie Terry, M.Ed., BCET

Bonnie Terry is a board-certified educational therapist with over 35 years of experience. She has helped thousands of students across the globe improve their reading skills whether they are gifted or are having difficulties.

Bonnie Terry has been featured on…

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How do I choose a grade or reading level?

Is the reading and spelling program all online?

Does it really only take 45-60 minutes a day?

What does a typical day look like?

Are there live classes?

How is the program designed?

Reading comprehension activities

Reading speed (fluency) activities

Phonics activities

Orton-Gillingham based

Summer reading program for struggling readers or those with learning disabilities, dyslexia, or ADHD?

Multisensory reading instruction

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Grades K-8 Homeschool reading and spelling made easy.

Scholar Within’s online and offline homeschool curriculum makes teaching reading and spelling easy with self-paced, step-by-step lessons.

Homeschool Reading & Spelling Program

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