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  1. Hello all, We are home schooling our children. I am not too familiar with home school curriculum. I am looking for a secular home school curriculum that is good and also reasonably priced. I have a kid that will be going to Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd and 7th grade. Any information will be greatly appreciated.
  2. **What's in blue or is crossed off are my edits For the 2018/2019 school year, I will be a Junior. Here's what my class schedule looks like right now minus the cc courses: AP Physics 1 Honors Physics AP Lang AP Calc A/B AP Euro History AP Comp Science (Principles or A - undecided) AP Statistics EDIT: Self-Study AP Environmental Science? __________________________________________________ I'm not sure where I want to take these classes at, so (please, pretty please) reccomend some online classes. Unfortunately, it has to be secular. My charter school pays for classes, and they don't allow anything that has a religious or spirutal basis. I know this rules out so many great options like Kobe Academy, HSLDA, The Potters' School and so many more - but I am required to abide by their rules whether or not they pay for it, since I do want credit for all the courses I take. I think the most important thing I'm looking for in a class is something that'll prepare me for the exam. So far, this is what I'm thinking of for my classes: AP Physics 1 with UCscout, DebraBell (Kristen Lauria), or PAH (Jack Kernion). Honors Physics with DerekOwens. AP Lang with Bluetent (Brigid Thompson) or PAH (Kathryn Walker) or AIM Academy (Lilli Serbicki) AP Calc A/B with DerekOwens or UCscout. AP Euro with PAH (Hannah Donohue), UCscout, Noah Nation, or VHS learning. AP Comp Science - Principles with UCscout or CodeHS. A with Edhesive, CodeHS, or FLVS. AP Statistics with JVLA (Stephen Haessler), UCscout, or NUVHS, Edhesive. Opinions on my class schedule, online class options, or anything at all are very welcome. Sharing experiences with any of these online providers would be lovely as well. Online class reccomendations would superb!! I've also viewed a bunch of threads related to what I mentioned here. Thank you for reading (:
  3. Hi, I'm looking for a secular biology course for my 12 yo dd. She would prefer to work on it on her own. We've used RSO Chemistry with her younger brother this past year and while I thought it was pretty good, she wasn't too crazy about it...so I'm not sure about RSO Biology 2, although she might like it better doing it on her own...but it's soo expensive!! Any other good secular courses that don't break the bank? Thanks!
  4. I am so excited about this! We have enjoyed Sonlight in the past and have edited out the religious portions of their curriculum. Just found out they have an affliate company that offers a secular option now! All the great books and awesome schedule of Sonlight, but without the religious materials. Woohoo! So excited! Here is the link
  5. I recently came across Mosdos Press and am very impressed by what I see. It is a reading/lit program with a secular moral focus and the curriculum looks like something my son and I would both love. There are texts with the readings and study guide info all together in one; there are additional student workbooks with more activities; and there are teacher guides. Each text has tons of short stories, plays, a novel, and lots of poems. I love the focus on teaching morality through excellent literature choices and I especially love that it's secular. I'm just so impressed by it and can't wait to get the 7th grade book for my son. I had never even heard of them before so I was wondering if anyone else has used any of their books?
  6. I know there was a topic about which state is best for homeschooling laws, but I thought I'd start a thread to see which states are best for secular homeschooling groups. I live in the Northeast, and have a middle schooler. There is very little for us here, and we're struggling with making hs'ing work as we move towards high school. Most hs'ers we know with middle schoolers end up sending their kids to public school, since there isn't much available in the way of groups/classes and it's even difficult to find hs friends. One of my friends just moved to the Denver area and has an amazing choice of hs programs for middle and high school. She sends me links to all that's available, and it's overwhelming. It seems like such an awesome place to hs. So, what states (besides CO, which is apparently awesome :) ) have amazing secular groups?
  7. I've been looking for a World Geography/Cultures curriculum for the upcoming school year and haven't come across anything in my searches for my rising 1st and 3rd graders. Thanks!
  8. I was hoping someone might be able to point me in the direction of a secular science curriculum that I might be able to use for a 6th and 8th grader. I would like to find one that runs through high school so stay somewhat consistent in format and depth. Not too textbooky, but heavy on experiments and observations. I'd like to start with Anatomy and Physiology, since both kids have expressed an interest in the subject and I loved my college A&P class. Bring on the dissection! I should mention that both my husband and I have chemistry degrees and we have strong science backgrounds so it shouldn't be hard for us to put any good curriculum into use. As a novice homeschooler, however, I think creating our own curriculum would be too challenging when we are still trying to wrap our heads around how the rest of it is all going to work. My plan is to use TRISMS History Makers and Discovering the Ancient World starting in January and complete them by the end of the "school year" in 2014. Although TRISMS does incorporate some science, because of our backgrounds we would love to have the kids study hands on science, since both kids are strong scientific thinkers. Thanks for any help you can give. I will take any and all recommendations into consideration.
  9. My US history order came up missing. I would like to order The Americans, but unable to get their textbook since I do not have a teaching certificate merely a Bachelor of Science is all :glare:, so... Here is my dilemma-I like the Prentice Hall, with it's online features although enjoy the Christian viewpoints in the BJU. It looks to be a good text for the gist of the Vikings on (or is it Columbus, or was it the Native Americans or perhaps it was really aliens, :D My thoughts are to really study the books on what the US history books do not disclose to us, the Constitution and the big push to disintegrate that main document. Our founding fathers are probably turning over in their graves or looking on us as a bunch of fools without revolt.................... My purpose is this: What have you used and what have you used for resources before I spend a lot of money in the next few hours. PLEASE HELP! :banghead: Char
  10. I ordered 1 module of science fusion directly from Harcourt (I did not get in on the co-op deal). There are instructions inside to get a login account. Does anyone know if I get an account now, will it expire at some point? I'd love to open it now and just look at it. But not at the cost of it expiring sooner than I want it to. I have googled this and searched other threads here I haven't seen anything on this. I ordered it for my oldest (11 year old, up and coming 6th grader) and I'm not sure if it will be ok for him or not (he's been accelerated across the boards because that's how he learns, but could just use practice following a more traditional curriculum output set before I move him into high school level work. His science knowledge tends to be very specialized/narrow, so I thought it might fill some holes too. Our science approach so far has been books, videos, science kits, museums, side classes, etc. So I fully expect this will be a step down for him in some ways. I'd love to hear any other thoughts on it (including bad and ugly!), especially about how a sequence would go and how independent your kids can be with it. I highly doubt it is a perfect solution for my oldest, but I get the feeling it's organized in a way that he can be independent with it. And I figured 1 module will only last us 2-3 months and I picked one we haven't done much in so it's not a huge commitment (even though it is expensive!).
  11. ... I've just started Sonlight's Core A for my 5.5-year-old, and am getting a feel for where I want his education to go; I'm pretty sure that I'll want to switch from Sonlight somewhere down the road, between 2nd and 6th grades probably. The threads I've seen have me leaning toward Veritas Press but I'm not clear if it can be taught well ecumenically. If not, I'm leaning toward Tapestry of Grace but to be honest I'm not sure I'll enjoy the intensive planning involved, and am concerned by several posts (here and elsewhere) from moms whose children have found the readings too dry to maintain enthusiasm. Any ideas? :bigear: thanks in advance!
  12. Please tell me of colleges that are secular or semi-secular (religious affiliation but no required chapels, etc) where your Christian and conservative children have felt at home and not ostracized. I think I may have some possible candidates for dd but want more options since she will need to ask for housing accomodations due to her illnesses and conditions and therefore need to get a number of acceptances to make sure she can have it.
  13. I think the only ones that exist are CPO and Prentice Hall, but I thought I'd try. I am in desperate need of science for my 7th grader. I was going to buy CPO, but the price of the books on Amazon have gone WAY up. We've already started our school year, so I really need something fast. I want him to do Life Science this year to stay on track with the PS since he will be going back to PS.
  14. Home arts type curriculum :confused:. My dd is on a cleaning, decorating, cooking kick!!! At the same time I don't want anything that comes across as saying, "this is your role!" KWIM? It would be great if it was gender neutral to...as I want my boys to have these skilss as well. They seem to do with a clear plan, more than if I tried to put together something. Please help!!!
  15. I'm looking for suggestions or links to previous posts for additional books to go with a spine for chemistry and physics for middle school and high school level please. :)
  16. I got these - the Basic, Not Boring series - they're nice and all is fine - except - there's no related text - nothing really in them - just questions. :confused: Are there any secular science workbooks that have some form of text either inside them - or with a related text? I like engaging, effective, and minimal work for me. :) Am I asking for too much? I guess I need to spend more time browsing the Rainbow Resource catalog one more time ...
  17. Ds is very interested in studying biology, especially marine biology--I piece our science together and we have either already used the recs in TWTM for logic stage biology or I don't think they will work for us. I need lots of ideas for books, websites, dvds, experiments, really anything.
  18. Does anyone have a resource for this? My attorney MIL has very graciously volunteered to do this with my older DC, but (having no HSing experience) needs help finding a text/resource. She would love to have one with a TM, if anyone knows of one. Thanks!
  19. I've been planning to get RSO to use along with BFSU but I've been reading the threads on Elemental Science with interest. I've checked out the website and it looks interesting but on the sample for Earth/Space Science she says: "In writing this curriculum I ran into two problems with the books available for study. The first is Creation vs. Big Bang theory. I believe that God created the Earth, the Heavens and everything in it in seven days, but many books teach the Big Bang theory. I have endeavored to write each of my curriculums to be religiously neutral, but I find that when it come to earth science and astronomy it is nearly impossible, since your religious beliefs play into your belief of the origins of the Earth. So beware, depending on your beliefs, you made need to explain what you believe and why." So, does the Earth/Space curriculum mention Creation? or does it pretty much avoid the whole question? I'm looking for a secular curriculum and would like one that actually includes Big Bang/Evolution but I'm finding that almost impossible so will probably settle for no mention and supplement on my own. Thank you.
  20. I've come across a couple of really great science resources I'd like to share: 1. Books by Bryce Hixson http://www.teachersource.com/Books_SoftwareAndVideos/BryceHixsonBooks.aspx I have "Photon U" and it is done as 15 chapters of "Big Ideas" with 2-3 experiments and explanations for each idea. It also has many science fair extensions and is humorous. 2. "Stop Faking It! Finally Understanding Science so You can Teach It" series by William C. (Bill) Robertson http://learningcenter.nsta.org/search.aspx?action=quicksearch&text=stop%20faking%20it%20series These are supposed to be read by "teachers" to help them teach their subject matter, but I think they could easily be used by home schoolers. He has you do experiments first and then read the explanations. I have the book on "Light" and it is very humorous and well done. I can't decide which of the two I will use for the "light" part of my grade 6 physics program next year. Probably "Photon U" as it is a little easier to understand.
  21. Looking for some secular programs for logic. Any suggestions? Thanks so much! astrid
  22. I would like something that incorporates vocab, lit analysis/comprehension, writing, etc. for middle school. Thank you.
  23. any recommendations? I was looking at Thinkwell because Homeschool Buyers Co-op presently has the cost for the regular Biology (not AP version) for $82.50. But as I was trying to find info on this forum, it seems it is not a complete program. I would still need to buy a textbook and lab kit from somewhere else. Also, I understand this is a more difficult course for 11th/12th grades? I definitely need something on a lower level. Ds14 is a 9th grader, with his work level being about 8th grade most of the time. He has Aspergers which gives him some disadvantages in school work. I would prefer an all-in-one program that has a virtual lab kit, if at all possible. I simply cannot imagine us dissecting any animals in my home. We had an opportunity to take a high school Biology course with a homeschool group but my son freaked out at the lab portion. Also, I am trying to avoid Keystone's Biology program for the same reason. Their lab kit includes animals as well. Does a secular wimpy (meaning no hands-on dissection) Biology course exist? You ladies are such a wonderful resource! I truly appreciate those of you who have BTDT and can share your experiences.
  24. This is the link to the new Startwrite download for copywork. It is geared for 4th grade, but you can change. I thought it would be nice to share. I removed the clipart. You will need to add this as you chose. http://www.mediafire.com/?rx4extj2rglvwcc
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