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  1. 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!
  2. I have read in several threads and from several people that Phonics Road is secular. I received it today and so far I really like it. HOWEVER, I was very disappointed to see that 5 out of 23 of the early readers have religious references. 2 of the early readers can be modified and could still be used, but 3 of them are completely unusable for a secular family. One is called "God Created the World", and then there is "Noah and the Ark Part 1" and "Noah and the Ark Part 2". I have only looked through the first page of the stories so I worry that there could be more references within other stories. The introduction for the parent/instructor includes quite a bit of Christian history and how it relates to education including the following passage: " Our Western Christian civilization has realized the greatest advance in education known to mankind. Two components combined to bring this about. First, Christians gave to the world the hope of redemption in Jesus Christ, the hope in fulfilling the original divine cultural mandate here and now with the ultimate hope of living in a city "whose builder and maker is God." Man could now move ahead and away from the darkness of paganism; the shackles of sin which kept mankind from entering into their freedom were broken. All men could now enjoy the blessings that came from obedience to the Creator and Redeemer." I also noticed that one of the rule tunes is sung to the tune of Jesus Loves Me. Obviously the introduction for the parents does not have to affect the instruction to the child. Also, the rule tune is mostly a nonissue because you're singing different words. However, it annoys me that there are 3 weeks of early readers that we will not be able to use and 2 that will need to be modified for use. Despite this, I am impressed with the program so far and looking forward to using it. It does look like it will be quite the challenge. I felt that it was important to make this post as I have seen over and over that phonics road is secular and people should know what they are getting.
  3. Looking for some secular programs for logic. Any suggestions? Thanks so much! astrid
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. I would like something that incorporates vocab, lit analysis/comprehension, writing, etc. for middle school. Thank you.
  7. 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
  8. I've tried to search but I'm not finding the answer. Thank you!
  9. What says the hive? Should my dd read this book as part of her logic stage history readings? She'll be reading K12's The Human Odyssey, Vol. 1 as her spine (picked it up for only $25 :D). I've never read any of Genevieve Foster's books, but I vaguely remember some kind of controversy for us secular types. Thanks for your opinions! :)
  10. Is the teacher's guide needed for level 1? If it isn't secular, is it doable anyway? (i.e. I don't mind Bible quotes at the bottom of the page) Also, can it be used for the reading and vocab only, with a plan to do the spelling when kiddo is a little older? We have just about dried up Victory Drill for reading, and but need more lists of words. Thanks.
  11. What are your favorites for middle school / 8th grade? Thanks! astrid
  12. I'm considering this for my dd13 and ds11 next year. I would prefer a secular program but can't seem to find one that is as easy to implement and comes with everything I need like Rainbow Science does. If I don't have it up front laid out for me at the beginning of the year (lesson plans and lab supplies and a TM since I am a complete moron at science!) then science doesn't happen! (It's a struggle even when it is all laid out....sigh). Any experience or reviews would be appreciated. Thanks!
  13. Before I get pelted with rotten veg, I know this has been done to death. I just don't want to spend hours sifting through old posts. Yeah, I'm being lazy. OKAY>>> So anything new in secular Logic age history world. I need an all-in-one type program, meaning this child does not want a 'living books' curriculum or one that requires oddles of writing. I would like one that doesn't require oddles of library time. Any ideas?
  14. I just saw these at RR. I haven't looked into it, but I thought some of you may be interested. Saxon Homeschool Science Packages
  15. Tells it from a biblical POV? Let's say that the adult, has NO clue about the Ancient times, and Biblical History(nor the 12 year old). What curriculum would you recommend?
  16. I am looking for copybooks that are secular and focus more on writing and not handwriting. I could spend time making some myself but I really don't want to and am hoping there are some pre-made ones written in a secular way. :tongue_smilie: am I dreaming or do any exist out there.
  17. I am frantically searching for the website that was posted in the last few days of a secular homeschool site which has many curriculum organized as to whether it is religious or secular... Can anyone post it here real quick? thanks! :bigear:
  18. Are there any premade secular copywork workbooks out there other then WWE? I am looking for something for my 3rd grader and 7th grader to supplement their LA stuff. thanks!
  19. Deborah, the editor of "Secular Homeschooling Magazine," is doing an "American Secular Homeschoolers Geographic Survey" on her blog. She's asked that people pass the word around to try to get other secular homeschoolers (or people who homeschool secularly- as in their primary reasons for homeschooling are NOT religious, even if said people ARE religious) to participate in the survey. All she wants to know is what city and state you homeschool in, and what sort of area it is (urban, suburban, rural). You can post that information in a "comment" on her blog, or you can email her. Details here: http://www.madeditor.com/2010/06/american-secular-homeschoolers.html
  20. What subjects did you do? What curriculum did you use? Thanks!
  21. I want something that is true to the facts, that doesn't blatantly disregard the foundations of the world or the US. Does such a thing exist? If so, do tell...
  22. I work full time, and my ds works best with a teacher intensive programs. My dd5 wants to do school, and gets mad if I don't make the time for that to happen. She learns best with workbooks, and lots of hands on stuff. I am looking for something that I can just open up look at the supply list and go. Any suggestions?
  23. One thing that somehow slipped my mind is English. I am not really sure where to go with it and would like a strong program but not one that is overly religious. I've looked at rod and staff and read reviews and that seems like the type of program we'd like best but I am afraid it will be too overly religious and would be hard to use in a secular way. Having grown up with an English teacher for a mother and a grandmother who is a die hard English maven I want to give my children the same rigorous exposure as I really feel it helped me greatly overall to have been raised with that myself. I prefer curricula that are pretty scripted as it makes my life a ton easier having 5 kiddos to teach and all :tongue_smilie:
  24. I'm looking for a good time line book that is secular (meaning, doesn't start a few thousand years ago) and stickers to go in it. Any suggestions?
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