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Secular homeschoolers?

Posted by on May. 25, 2011 at 8:52 AM
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Anyone else out there consider themselves a secular homeschooling family?  What are some of your favorite homeschooling resources?  I find it difficult to find great secular curriculum especially in science and history.  Anyone belong to any secular support groups?  I have one that just started on facebook in WV. 

by on May. 25, 2011 at 8:52 AM
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KDBeckham
by on May. 25, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Hi I'm a Christian but consider myself a secular homeschooler because I keep the 2 separate. This will be our first year homeschooling and here with what I've come up with for history and science. I am going to take a topic that is obvious in interest to my children and create a unit study by using information from the library, Internet and television. As for the secular support groups there isn't one where I live that I have found. I am truly considering starting one because again like I said I like to keep them separate. I do believe in creation versus evolution but I want to teach it my way versus a standard curriculum way. You can google "create your own unit studies" and you will get hundreds of results on how to create and what to include so that you can get something of interest and ability for your family.

FlyHippie
by on May. 25, 2011 at 11:38 AM

YES!!!!!!!!! And yes, science and history are PAINS to find. I did unit studies in BOTH and then took every resource we could find and did the "some say THIS and some say THAT" gig.

Fortunately, we are part of a homeschool group that focuses on education and doesn't give a crap what religion you are....love it.

SimplySonita
by on May. 25, 2011 at 12:28 PM

I'm a Christian homeschool buuuuut...LOL

Netflix has a TON of secular history and science documentaries that are a good resource.

And there is a secular homeschool website and they have facebook page as well. http://www.secularhomeschool.com/content/ that you might find helpful.

I throw most of our curriculum together myself and we use a lot of secular resources-The places I have the most problem finding Christian resources is Netflix and my local library.Hope that helps some.

Sonita-Homeschooling mama to Ephram (7) & Malachi (4)


 



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cedailey
by on May. 26, 2011 at 12:00 AM

Try Pandia Press.  They have a history course (History Odyssey), and have begun making a science course (R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey).  Completely secular, challenging and based in the classical system.  They have a "try before you buy" download that is nearly 1/3 of each text.

I use Ambleside Online, myself, and simply remove the religious content (excepoting where appropriate for historical context or cultural literacy). 

pamr95
by on May. 26, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Bump for later!  :)

Kenre
by on May. 26, 2011 at 11:30 AM
I am a Pagan homeschooler, but we use a good group books I received from my MIL. They are six volumes. They are the Explore and Learn set. My kids love them.
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Danielle163
by on May. 26, 2011 at 3:15 PM

 We are secular homeschoolers. DD's third grade is starting Aug. 29th and I'm  trying some resources that I've never used before. MCT (Michael Clay Thompson) for Language Arts, Vocabulary Vine. I'm trying to decide between RSO (R.E.A.L Science Odyssey) and Elemental Science for Chemistry. Writing is the one area we need to improve on and I'm trying to decide on IEW(Institute for Excellence in Writing) or just buying WWE. I'm  trying to change up her curriculum a little, make it a little more interesting.  IDK.

swim-mom72
by on May. 26, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Yes I am a Christian, and yes I homeschool, but I would not label myself as a Christian Homeschooler. I do not feel led to choose only curriculum and resources that are saturated with Christian teachings. And I found a great science curriculum that was not Christian, but did not address the issue of evolution. Real Science 4 Kids has been a big hit here. The material is put out by a company called Gravitas Press.

Here are some more links for secular materials:

http://www.oakmeadow.com/

http://www.glencoe.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/

http://www.biology4kids.com/

http://www.timberdoodle.com/

 

 

sclampy
by on May. 26, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Thanks.  It sounds great.  I will check it out.

AbundanceMagnet
by on May. 27, 2011 at 8:24 AM

I would consider us secular homescoolers though we do not have a set curriculum for it.  :)  I agree Netflix is very good for this!!!!

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