One of the things that confused me when I began homeschooling was understanding the difference between Reading and Language Arts.  Some places seperate the two and some teach reading as part of Language Arts.  Unless you are ordering all your curriculum straight from a place like or than you may have difficulty understanding where to log the hours for these two subjects. 

Language Arts includes:

  • parts of speech
  • sentence structure
  • word usage
  • punctutation usage
  • writing
  • reference skills
  • using reference materials


  • phonics
  • word recognition
  • vocabulary
  • oral & silent reading
  • reading comprehension
  • literature
  • composition

You can find more detailed information in the following link.  It is the scope and sequence from Bob Jones University Press.