Some Free Vintage Language Arts…

Check this out: both language arts books by Emma Serl, favorites for classical home educators, plus Grammarland! All for free!

Primary Language Lessons
by Emma Serl. (1911). A longtime favorite of home educating families. (Google Play). Intended for second and third grades.

Intermediate Language Lessons 
by Emma Serl. (1914) Another longtime favorite of homeschooling families. Intended for use in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. (Google Play)

Grammarland by M.L. Nesbit. This is a charming storybook in which the parts of speech take on personalities and are judged by Judge Grammar. While not a textbook, children find the stories interesting and memorable. Find this gem free on Google Play.

Another great place to find free ebooks to download is Archive.org

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Check out what I found on Archive.org!

A complete set of McGuffey Readers! Free!

McGuffey’s Eclectic Primer by Willian Holmes McGuffey. (1920).
The McGuffey First Eclectic Reader, Revised Edition by William Holmes McGuffey. (1920)). Uses a combination of sight words and phonics to teach reading.
McGuffey’s Second Eclectic Reader, Revised Edition by William Holmes McGuffey.  (1920) Reading, vocabulary, and spelling.
McGuffey’s New Third Eclectic Reader, Revised Edition by William Holmes McGuffey. (1920). Reading, spelling, and vocabulary.
McGuffey’s New Fourth Eclectic Reader, Revised Edition by William Holmes McGuffey. (1920). Reading, spelling, vocabulary, critical thinking.
McGuffey’s New Fifth Eclectic Reader, Revised Edition by William Holmes McGuffey. (1920). Reading, spelling, vocabulary, critical thinking.
McGuffey’s New Sixth Eclectic Reader, Revised Edition by William Holmes McGuffey. (1921). Reading, spelling, vocabulary, critical thinking.

Need a little style?

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. The ultimate English language and composition reference book. Don’t pay for one, find it here online from Bartleby.com

How about the early version of the Dick and Jane readers?

The Elson Readers, an early precursor to the Dick and Jane readers, were created by William H. Elson, Lura Runkel, and Christine M. Keck in about 1920.

The Elson Reader’s Primer 
by William H. Elson and Lura Runkel. (1914). This is not a phonetic primer and sight words are used.
The Elson Readers Book One 
by William H. Elson and Lura Runkel. (1920). This book is a bit more difficult than one would expect for first grade and it is not a phonetic reader. If you plan to use this book for your beginning reader be prepared to spend more time on sight word recognition.
The Elson Readers Book Two 
by William H. Elson and Lura Runkel. (1920).
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The Elson Readers Book Three
by William H. Elson (1920).
The Elson Readers Book Four 
by William H. Elson (1920).
The Elson Readers Book Five 
by William H. Elson and Christine M. Keck. (1920).
The Elson Readers Book Six 
by William H. Elson and Christine M. Keck. (1920)
The Elson Readers Book Seven 
by William H. Elson and Christine M. Keck. (1921)
The Elson Readers Book Eight
by William H. Elson and Christine M. Keck. (1921)