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Homeschooling Science

Posted by on Mar. 26, 2012 at 8:49 AM
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Do any of you home school?

I'm not an Atheist, but I would like to teach my kids real science. We are looking at home school because our public schools are horrible and the only private schools are very Christian based, which I am finding is the case with most home school curriculum as well. I can work with the other subjects, but I want a good science curriculum that isn't "God created everything" in nature :-)

Do any of you know of any curriculums? Or at least some good resources on science for kids?

Thanks :-)

by on Mar. 26, 2012 at 8:49 AM
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Cranberrydee
by on Mar. 26, 2012 at 8:15 PM

http://www.hsfreethinkers.com/

I did a quick google search of atheist homeschoolers, I know you said you weren't atheist, but gooood luck finding anything not religious themed when googling homeschool! Anyhow, I found this website that might have a few good science resourses. And, depending on how old your children are, you could just do some goolging on the things they are studying and find some really interesting articles for them to read. Good luck, I hope you find what you need!

RayneofTerror
by on Mar. 27, 2012 at 8:58 PM
I home schooled using the oak meadow curriculum. Completely secular.
karone04
by Member on Mar. 29, 2012 at 6:47 AM

You could try: http://www.khanacademy.org/        I am using the math part of the site studying for the GED.

sha_lyn68
by on Mar. 29, 2012 at 2:45 PM

There are several secular curricula out there at least for the lower grade. Once you get to high school the choices are currently fewer, but many of the publishers are currently working on material for upper grades.


Here are a few secular science curricula that we have used:

Great Science Adventures- http://www.commonsensepress.com/greatscience/default.htm

Power Basics Chemistry: The textbook is a bit more rigorous than described. It is a good course but was a bit advanced by my 6th grader. http://rainbowresource.com/index.php

Connect the Thoughts Upper Level Science Basics and Biology & Human Health: http:// www.connectthethoughts.net/ 

http://www.msnucleus.org/curriculum/curriculum.html 


I have to run to an appointment now but will return and add a post with more information.




struezel
by on Mar. 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM

We are atheists, and we are homeschoolers...but we are unschoolers.

I have heard that Pandia Press R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey is secular. http://www.pandiapress.com/?page_id=50

Also heard the same about Oak Meadow. http://www.oakmeadow.com/



kokyuhomama
by on Apr. 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

When homeschooling our older son, we didn't choose a science curriculum even though he was interested in science.  What we did was explore the science topics he was interested in on any given day.  So, if one day he was really into bubbles, we found lots of stuff online about bubbles, and experiments, too.   The best science is hands on science for all  ages, especially up through elementary school age - really!   Also,  you can put together science centers in your home, like a microscope area, a catapult area, etc. to inspire ideas and go from there.  We also used this basis to teach our son spelling.    How do you spell "bubbles"? for example.  Tapping into child led learning really does yield fantastic results, over dictating curriculum.  All of the resources mentioned in the replies are great, and having them on hand will really help when the specific science topic comes up, or use them as inspirational jumping boards.  Have fun!

Christine0813
by on Apr. 1, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Does Oak Meadow have a teaching guide? The "how to?"

Quoting RayneofTerror:

I home schooled using the oak meadow curriculum. Completely secular.


Kerseygeek
by Member on Apr. 1, 2012 at 11:56 PM
We use Calvert & love their science. It's not at all christian when it comes to science & rarely mentions it at all in the rest of the program. I would label their program secular. My son loves science & it's been great do far.
RayneofTerror
by on Apr. 3, 2012 at 4:52 AM
Quoting Christine0813:


You betcha. Everything you need to teach and for the child to do the lessons.


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FrogSalad
by Susie K-M on Apr. 3, 2012 at 5:55 PM

I've got this site pinnned on Pinterest but I haven't explored it much yet as my son is still a bit too young but it looks promising:

http://www.chem4kids.com/

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