10 Best Online Games for Homeschool Language Arts

by Jimmie Lanley on September 26, 2011

When my daughter was in third and fourth grade, sometimes I would let her use online games as part of her homeschool lessons. She was always excited about using the computer, so these games helped with motivation and attitude.

If your language arts lessons  could use some variety, try these online games that teach language arts through interactive fun.

These types of games are great

  • as practice after a lesson
  • as review of a previous lesson
  • as a reward for finishing an assignment quickly or well

Of course you should preview each game before allowing your child to play it. And whenever possible, sit alongside your child as he plays so you can make the most of the teaching opportunity. Enjoy!

Write A Goofy Story

Mad-libs style game in three versions.

For all grades.

Silly Sentence Machine

A fun introduction to sentence building. Select a subject, a verb, a descriptive word, a noun, and a prepositional phrase. The game will read the sentence outloud to you.

For grades K-3.

Grammar Ninja

Throw ninja stars at the part of speech indicated. (This game has music that cannot be turned off. Be warned.) Three levels of difficulty:

  • Level One — nouns and verbs
  • Level Two — nouns, verbs, pronouns, articles, adverbs, adjectives
  • Level Three — all parts of speech
For grades 3-6.

Primary Games

Dozens of word games of all types: typing, spelling, general word play, vocabulary.
For grades K-6.

Word Girl Synonym Toast

In this Scholastic game, find the words with similar meanings as they drop.

Around 3rd to 4th grade level.

Into the Book

Lessons about eight reading comprehension strategies.

For grades K-4.

Grammar Practice Park

Parts of speech games by Harcourt Publishers.

For grades 3, 4, and 5.

Game Classroom

Dozens of games in all areas of language arts — reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary.

For grades K-6.

Maggie’s Earth Adventures

Five grammar games from Scholastic: prefixes and suffixes, grammar, mechanics & punctuation, word endings, and homophones.

For grades 3-6.

Academic Skill Builders

(Find language arts along the horizontal subject list.) Games focus on spelling, parts of speech, and vocabulary.

For grades 3-6.

Enjoy playing, and share your favorites here in the comments.

 

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Lee September 26, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Ah, come on. Let her play :) Here’s a more grown up English play site.

http://www.chompchomp.com/exercises.htm

There’s a menu at the top with the different subjects you can study.

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sarah in the woods September 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Thanks so much for these links. This is just the kind of thing I need right now.

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Palmy September 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Wow!

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Mary September 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Wow! Thank you for these links… we will definitely be using them this week! Grammar is going well (we use First Language Lessons) but it’s always good to reinforce and my kiddos love the computer!

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Gena September 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Those look great! I can’t believe I never heard of any of those before. My 10 year old is hating grammar; I think that Ninja site might do the trick!
–Gena

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Daniela September 26, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Thanks!

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Kimberly September 26, 2011 at 9:48 pm

They look great! I cannot wait to check them out!
Thanks! 8)

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Nadene September 27, 2011 at 4:39 am

Thanks for all of these! It’ll be great to try some new games.
My middle-schooler loves playing Wacky Web Tales. There’s a huge selection of titles and a form to fill in (that’s where LA practice comes in!) and the tale comes out – funny!

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ShellieR October 3, 2011 at 11:02 am

THANKS! This is very helpful. :)

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Nicole@Thrifty Decorating October 4, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I featured this on my FB page today! :)

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Sara @ Embracing Destiny March 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

Thanks for sharing these!

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