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  1. My DS likes textbooks, and he likes a lot of pictures and interesting information. Out of the various science textbooks for elementary age, which are the best? Michelle T
  2. My husband and I would like to learn Latin along with our DS8. I got the Minimus books from the swap board, but I feel like we need something more introductory, more comprehensive, and with pronunciation keys. The Minimus books are great, but I see them as a supplement. Any suggestions? I'm looking at the Rosetta Stone software because I've tested it out before for Spanish and at least know what I'm getting. We need something fun, easy to implement, and secular. A supplement that could be listened to in the car would also be nice. Thanks in advance! Melisa
  3. I've posted something similar in the past but wanted to try again. I need something that I can use for Middle Ages with a 7yo 2nd grader. I have the Usborne Encyclopedia of World History that I am using somewhat as a spine, but I really want something that I can read aloud to my daughter. SOTW is too Christian for our tastes and bores her to tears anyway. I can't afford to buy several different books, and our library stinks, so I'm hoping to find one large book that I can read over the span of the school year (or most of the year). Any ideas?
  4. I just have a question...very curious. How can you make the Middle Ages "secular"? would you just learn about clothing, how they lived, and knights/castles etc? Wasn't the Middle ages really about the church? Thanks for any replies.
  5. I'm specifically looking for "physical sciences" books (ie chem and physics), but would love to hear about really good science-related books in any field for late elementary and middle school.
  6. Or are some of the religious ones beefy enough to have enough content if the religiuos material is skipped?
  7. I want something like this, but it has to be secular. Mainly science and such. Does anyone make something like this? Or am I wishful thinking?!
  8. Do you know any textbooks to read more about science for elementary grades, similar to Apologia, but secular in content? Not the non-fiction or fiction books like lets-read-and-find-out. These are good, but still not enough. We have a lot of experiments to do, but not enough reading materials with explanations and description of events. And with questions to answer. Besides the Real science 4 kids. For topics such as plants, matter, weather, light, etc. I am on a very limited budget, can't buy any additional children books to read for each topic, and we are too far from the libraries. So, I would dream of finding textbooks that are more in depth for everything, similar to apologia, but without religious content.
  9. For various reasons we won't be able to go with Sonlight. So I am back to square one looking for a fun combined history and geography programme that comes with daily lesson plans. I thought SOTW would have been fine but I really need some pre-prep plans. I also want something I can use with both my 8 and 6 year olds together. What else is there? thank you so much x
  10. I was wanting a craft kit for American History. Preferably with candles and some sewing. Thanks.
  11. Is there such a thing? Like the Harp and Laural Wreath, but non-Christian?
  12. I'm trying to find something for my youngest son to use for history next year. He'll be in the 5th grade. His reading, spelling, and writing abilities are at a 5th to 6th grade level, so something in the upper elementary range would be perfect for him. We used SOTW Volumes 1 through 4 from 1st through 4th grades, so he could use anything this coming year (either more study in American history or back to the ancients / middle ages in World history). I definitely need something secular, or something that could easily be modified. I've considered Sonlight Core 5, but the price tag is just :blink: -- not possible! Thanks in advance!!
  13. Hi! I'm new here. I'm on a quest to find some materials for next year for my soon-to-be 12 year old son. While we are a religious family we strongly prefer secular materials for science. We enjoyed the R.E.A.L. Science Life Science (Level I) a couple of years ago, but they haven't produced their level 2 physical science course yet, so that's a no-go. I pieced together Earth Science from various books and some "Science in a Nutshell" kits, but that was a LOT of work, and I'm kind of hoping to find something much more grab-and-go for next year. I'll pull up my bootstraps and hodge-podge it again if I have to, but just the thought makes me cringe right now. Cost is a factor as well. Any suggestions? (I'll be having this same panic about high school science in a couple of years, I can tell already, so if anyone can point me in a good direction for that it'd be appreciated also.) I have found some promising-looking items, but can't always find enough information about them to make me feel comfortable tossing down the kind of money they're talking about, only to discover that there's something about it that makes it unsuitable. But here's what I'm considering so far: Prentice Hall, Glencoe, Holt -- All three of these publishers seem to have a good reputation for textbooks. But their web sites don't give much information about how the books are organized or which of their resources are really necessary. Do I need a teacher manual? What about a lab book? And all their CD resources and whatnot ($$$!)...do I need those? Oak Meadows -- I've emailed them with my questions, so I won't bother you with them, but has anyone here used their 8th grade physical science? I'd love to hear about your experiences with it. Rainbow Science -- I have heard this is a secular program, but some statements on their website make me a little leery. Singapore Science -- We don't do well with workbooks (my son is an Aspie and sees workbooks as busywork, to which he is profoundly allergic) Apologia -- This seems to be the homeschool gold standard, and I hear such good things about it, but we perfer to teach science and religion separately, so I'm not wild about the idea of using a text that blends the two as much as I gather this series does. But there is something very tempting about a tried-and-true homeschooler-oriented series where we can just start at the beginning, go through to the end, and stop...sigh.
  14. I also posted on the high school board. My DS is 12.5, so I'm looking ahead at this point. He has fairly severe ADHD and LD's, so I expect our transition to high school to be even more difficult than most. I would love to find a couple of good books on homeschooling high school, but all that I've seen are religious. Are there any secular books out there? Thanks! Michelle T
  15. I'm planning for next year and I'm looking for a secular science program for next year. I was thinking about going with PH Science Explorers, but the cost is making me hestitate. I'm not science oriented. If I went with PH, what exactly would I need? I want to do Earth Science with him, as I'll be doing Earth Science with my 4th and 2nd graders (using either R.E.A.L science or Mr. Q's). I prefer something he can do mostly on his own. Any other options?
  16. Are there any secular greek programs out there that are any good?
  17. besides the suggested WTM outline, has anyone found a good option for secular curriculum for earth & space science? i did not find anything i could be totally happy with for biology and ended up writing my own. i just wanted to take a quick inventory of the options to see if i'll need to devote some time this spring and summer to DIY style science curriculum again. oh and i need something for an accelerated learner who is pretty fond of science, so it needs to have some meat to it. TIA
  18. I'm just wondering if there is something like Sonlight or TOG that isn't necessarily from a Christian perspective?
  19. I'm still kicking around the idea of using LLATL and just trying to modify the religious parts. But to help me make my decision, can those of you who are secuar hsers tell me what you use to make up your language arts program? I mean to include phonics, handwriting, grammar, spelling, writing. Thanks!
  20. We're going to be moving into our study of the human body after Christmas break, so I'm starting to get extra resources together right now. We have the Kingfisher First Human Body Encyclopedia (per WTM) and of course the Living Learning curriculum, but I consider that just a frame. I'm looking forward to the study, as I've always been fascinated by medicine, anatomy, etc. Becca seems to be intrigued and curious too. I'd like any suggestions you might have for a secular resource that's lively and fairly detailed while still appropriate for a younger child. I want good explanations of things, not overly simplified. :bigear:
  21. It occurs to me that ds has never read any of the Christian stories and now would be a good time in our studies to do that. I'd like something that presents the stories in a manner for secular kids that isn't disrespecting the Christians, but isn't proselytizing either. I've found that there are too many books where other cultures' mythology stories are presented in a laughable manner, and I don't want that. Neither do I want a kid's bible or other such promotional material. TIA! :001_smile:
  22. A Mom at park day today was raving about how well unit studies have worked for her son, especially with regards to being able to integrate the subjects he didn't like (in his case, math) so that it was fun and not drudgery. So I'm just curious if anyone knows of good quality secular unit studies for about a 3rd/4th grade level. (Basically, I'm just a curriculum junkie, and I always love "window shopping" for new stuff!)
  23. It's a dumb question because I own LoF Beginning Algebra and I can't figure it out. The secularness of it, that is. I pretty much get the algebra.
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