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  1. I'm looking for a book or program for my kids to help them work on etiquette -- not basic manners stuff (they have their "please," "thank you," and "ma'am" down), but something a little broader -- think Junior League or an text version of something like this, that teaches things like which fork to use, how to behave at a formal event, when to stand, etc. I'm strongly considering putting my 4th grader into this next year, but something text-based to have around would be nice, too!
  2. I am looking for secular, non textbook (Holt,Prentice Hall, Glencoe...) suggestions for high school science. The books can be textbook like, but it can't be something I have to order used from Amazon or get from a textbook company. Any ideas besides Power Basics and the STG's? Thanks.
  3. Where did you purchase this? Did you get anything beyond the student text? Thanks!
  4. I don't want Noeo. We are using McRuffy right now and will finish this way faster than it is intended to be finished. So, I need another program to do after McRuffy that comes with all the supplies, is hands on, etc. I thought of just moving on to McRuffy 2, yet the problem with that is we will be in the same spot again. Finishing it faster than intended. McRuffy is made to do 2x a week, with a total of 66 lessons. Well my son is wanting to do it daily. So, I am letting him. If he wants to learn then he will.
  5. Does anyone know the name of the curriculum that is similar to lifepacs, but is secular? I remember looking at samples a year or so ago, and thought I had saved the site in my favorites but I lost it. I do recall they had grades 1-12? Thanks, Beth
  6. Dear Hive-Mind, A dear friend of mine is considering homeschooling her children in the coming year(s) but lacks confidence and doesn't know where to start. Simply looking at a variety of curriculum available would help her decide if this is a path for her. Additionally the children have some learning or processing issues that make it necessary to use different teaching and learning strategies and that concerns her too of course. They will be in California so while they will check the law there, any CA specific info is also welcome. About them: above average ability, average to above average achievement, and deficits of visual-motor integration, visual memory, and processing speed contributing to dysgraphia, spelling problems, and general performance inefficiencies. Both kids’ strength lies in verbal arena, Working memory is weak. One is a good learner who needs to use a keyboard for most written work. This way she can fix spelling errors and revise her work quickly. She is slow at doing math and in general needs one example to get her going, but understands the reasoning. Likes to know WHY. Rote memorizing very hard. Is organized. The other is similar but a bit lower in memory scores. Has a very hard time with spelling, doesn’t copy words correctly from one place to the next. Rambles when writing. argumentative. Doesn’t have a good memory. Rote memorizing even harder. NOT organized. But works hard. They both learn wonderfully if the work is put to song! Depending on the subjects, they'll need materials in the 6th to 8th grade range. A correspondence writing course suggestion or two is something we're looking for in particular and some computer-game type programs like Descartes Cove for math and maybe other subjects. Please throw suggestions and links to me and I will forward them to her - I'm sure we can help her figure this out. Thank you so much - Jill p.s. I'm going to cross-post this in Curriculum too because of the strong dysgraphia, so I apologize for the duplication.
  7. I've read message after message about how awesome, inexpensive, and thorough Rod & Staff is. That's great, but I am looking for a completely secular program, either for stand-alone grammar or for a complete language arts curriculum. So is there something out there that is secular and thorough? I've looked at Analytical Grammar, and that is one I'm considering, but I'd love a program that continues year after year. Thanks in advance. Jenny
  8. My plan to homeschool up to but NOT including high school may have worked with the oldest...but for the last kid, ack, our district is firing teachers right and left due to lack of $$$, cutting classes and programs, and generally driving a lot of folks to home school. I am NOT a math or science person - ok, I do have Chalkdust for math - what is there comparable for science? And, need to be secular as we are Catholic (I mean, I doubt there is a Catholic science program). I am talking biology, chemistry, physics - the favored trio of science. Our area does not allow high school kids to take cc. course, either. So that is out.
  9. If my dd isn't given permission to take more than 2 classes/semester at the community college for next year (requires approval from the dean), I'll need to find an online AP Physics course for her to take. I have a degree in physics, so I can help with the actual work, but I want her to take a course that is specifically geared towards the AP test. I don't know anything about the AP test. Pennsylvania Homeschoolers doesn't have an AP Physics course listed. I think I could manage the AP Calculus course myself, but if I needed one that was labeled AP, what would you recommend? I need these courses to be secular and aimed specifically at the AP tests. My dd will be taking calculus at the same time as the physics class, so she would need an algebra-based physics or one that would be okay for taking calculus at the same time.
  10. Basically I'm looking right now at both Sonlight and Oak Meadow. Obviously Sonlight isn't secular, but I know it can be made secular. I have a child who will be in grade 6 next year and a child who had learning delays in reading/phonics who will be (with the exception of language arts) in grade 3 next year. So, throw them at me. What do you like? What do you dislike? I'd like to cover American History with them. I have two small daughters who tend to get underfoot a lot. Oh, and about mid october we will be moving from Wales back to America. Should be a simple peaceful autumn. ;) Should that say burned out instead? Ugh. See what I mean.
  11. I saw this on the Saxon website and thought of you: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Homeschool Value Bundles: Houghton Mifflin Science (Grades 1-6) Holt Science and Technology (Grades 6-8) High School Science (Grades 9-12) Just FYI for those who in recent threads said they couldn't find secular textbooks with a corresponding teacher manual.
  12. Hi all, I just found this forum yesterday. I'm reading lots of backposts now. My son is going to be in 8th grade next year, and I wanted to do a Georgia history course with him. I could use the same text the public schools do, but I was hoping for something a bit more fun. I've found Carole Marsh's things, but I am thinking they may be geared more towards younger kids. The other state history programs I've found are all religious in nature, and we would prefer a secular curriculum. Is there one out there, or one I can easily modify to be secular? Thanks much!
  13. I just heard of this book from another post and from the information I found, it looks interesting, however I can't find any sample pages. If you've seen it or have it, do you think it would be possible to secularize it a bit? Thanks!
  14. for a 5 year old boy who doesn't know his abc's or 123's what would you use? thanks irene
  15. Any recommendations for a first physics course for a kid who's loving Ellen McHenry's chemistry courses this year? I think Hewitt's Conceptual Physics is best saved for the next time through the cycle, though I probably will get it for my own reference as I never took physics in either high school or college. I like the look of the samples of both Mr. Q and RS4K Level 1. NOEO isn't my cup of tea. ;) Singapore MPH looks interesting but I'm not sure how easy it would be to create a physics course from the books.
  16. Can anyone recommend any secular medieval history text as a "spine" for medieval-Renaissance study? We've tried Famous Men of Greece/Rome, and whereas they were okay, they weren't blow-our-socks-off fabulous. Ideally, we'd be looking for... * History text with student workbook * Written for secular or general audience * Late grammar/early logic stage * Engaging text Any ideas, Hive? I should add that we've already done SOTW and enjoyed it, but wanted something between SOTW and The History of the Medieval World in terms of difficulty/accessibility.
  17. I'm not against Christian textbooks, but like another poster today, I really wasn't happy with Apologia. It's rigorous and all, it's [again like she said] the tone, etc. What do you use if you don't want Apologia or BJU for 9th grade physical science? I may put up with it for biology next year--not sure.
  18. Someone remind me please, which reader 2 package uses the bible for weeks and weeks ? I think it was Reg 2? I will be ordering Core 1 soon. Thanks
  19. I have heard it talked about here, but didn't really know much about it. I visited their website last week and couldn't get all of the samples to work for me, but go the idea that it is a Christian curr. (e.g. used Bible Verses as copywork, etc.). Is this accurate? If so, do you think it could be easily adapted for use by secular hsers? Thanks.
  20. We have been using k12 science for almost 3 years now, and we like it fine--DS likes it too, especially the experiments! Not 100% sure we'll continue after this year, but we probably will, given that DS loves science and I can see me skimping on the experiment side of things if I am left to my own devices!!! :glare: k12.com sends you most of the 'stuff' you'll need for the experiments, which is a plus as I'd probably NEVER get it together to buy what we need the week before....;) Anyway, I am curious about what others use, and what their kids cover in the early years in other curriculum. Elemental Science looks enticing, and Singapore looks interesting--can anyone comment on these? k12 is (I think) rather broad in the early years. Here's what Science 2 covers: Metric System—liters and kilograms, and how scientists use them Force—motion and simple machines; physicist Isaac Newton Magnetism—magnetic poles and fields; how a compass works Sound—how sounds are made; inventor Alexander Graham Bell Human Body—cells; the digestive system Geology—layers of the earth; kinds of rocks; weathering; geologist Florence Bascom Life Cycles—plants and animals In first grade, we covered: Matter—states of matter; mixtures and solutions Weather—cloud formation; the water cycle Animal Classification and Adaptation—insects; amphibians and reptiles; birds; mammals Habitats—forests, deserts, rain forests, grasslands, and more; naturalist John Muir and conservation Oceans—waves and currents; coasts; coral reefs and kelp forests; oceanographer Jacques Cousteau Plants—germination, functions of roots, stems, flowers, chlorophyll, and more Human Body—major systems; Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor Light—how light travels; reflections; inventor Thomas Edison And finally in K we covered: My Body—the five senses, major organs, and systems. Plants and Animals—needs and habitats; conservationist Jane Goodall. Measurement—size, height, length, weight, capacity, and temperature. Matter—solid, liquid, and gas. The Seasonal Cycle—changing weather in the seasons. Our Earth—geographical features; taking care of the earth; environmentalist Rachel Carson. Motion—pushes and pulls; magnets. Astronomy—the earth, sun, moon, and stars; exploring space; astronauts Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride.
  21. I know a secular science program, particularly when it comes to life science, is like searching for a needle in a haystack, but I thought I'd put this out there.... I'd love a worktext approach that is fairly independent. A young earth creationist perspective is not an option for us. Thanks! :)
  22. I am looking for any secular english books for grades 3-6ish that is equivalent to Rod and Staff? Or any that is not as religious and it could be an old time one as well. I just want it to be as rigorous:) I appreciate any info:)
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