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  1. Hi there, I normally lurk here. I am homeschooling my 4 1/2 year old and plan to combine Charlotte Mason with WTM when she's a little older. I am thinking of following the WTM model for history but would like to do it with living books. Obviously I am early in my preparation but I find the whole history thing a tad overwhelming. So I want to prepare a bit. ;) Are there any lists of (secular) living books out there for the WTM model for history? Or if anyone has any suggestions, especially for the grammar stage. Thanks so much!
  2. I work in a bar. (I'm there now):auto: When my Dad and sister visited last spring, they wanted to come to work with me and see me at work. I'm 43. Grown adult, 3 kids. My dad is 78. We've been through a lot of life. When Crazy b__t____ came on the juke box, I wanted to cringe. :tongue_smilie: Even for old ears, it's, um, clear and blatant. When You Look So Much Better With Something In Your Mouth came on, I hoped it went over his head. The lyrics are less understandable and hopefully his 78 year old years missed it.
  3. Is there even such a thing? I am looking for something to read through with a 5th, 3rd, and 1st grader during our morning meetings. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. P.S. I hope I posted this on the correct board. Cindy
  4. Just curious. I was talking to a friend who is not a Christian and she was relating to me some great DVD program (all DVD and workbooks). I asked if this was BJU and she said it couldn't be because she wouldn't have been that excited about it if it were. She is interested in switching to a full on DVD program next year. But she couldn't remember the name of it. I am unaware of any DVD programs other than BJU and Abeka, both decidedly Christian in nature. Anyone know? Dawn
  5. Is see there is a " World Veiw" suppliment. Is the basic" Teaching the Classics ( the $80 seminar) Secular or Christian? I'm sitting here about to spend alot of money ( AGAIN) and I want to not shoot myself in the foot. ~c.
  6. I am interested in secular living science books. Any recommendations?
  7. There are lots of great threads on this forum about history curriculum, but I'm still at a loss to find something that fits for us. After the rave reviews of SOTW, I flipped through it at the bookstore and was a bit disappointed. What I'm looking for is a book or series that: -is substantial and doesn't talk down to children. -is visually appealing (font/layout/pictures) -is secular (though thoughtfully discusses world religions) -includes both western and non-western history (not just a token chapter) -includes excerpts from primary sources -includes questions or activities or extra materials besides just the text. Any reading level is probably fine... It's for a weirdly mature 7 yr old who reads everything and loves history. Any thoughts? Thanks!
  8. Is there a secular equivalent to the WinterPromise physical science courses using the Thames and Kosmos solar physics and solar house kits? I was very excited about WP's Jiggle, Jostle, Jolt and Sizzle, Solve, Survive courses. The descriptions looked quite doable and indicated no Christian-specific material. I was especially excited about using the T&K kits with them. I knew WP was a Christian publisher and that I wouldn't be able to use their biology, but it wasn't until I actually searched on Amazon for an alternative price for the Heat and Energy text that I found it was published by Answers in Genesis. I wish that had been indicated on the WP website. I have used some selected Christian-specific materials before, but I cannot imagine being able to adapt anything from AIG to the point that we could use it. I don't know about the text for the Sizzle, Solve, Survive, but I feel I can't trust WP's descriptions at this point. So, are there any other more secular-friendly curricula out there for physics that use the T&K kits? Has anyone been able to successfully use AIG material secularly? This would be for a 5th grader (and eventually older, as I was looking at the SSS course for late middle school).
  9. I posted a couple days ago about looking for a secular reading curriculum and researched all of the suggestions. I haven't been able to find one that I like yet. I really like Christian Light reading's scope and pickup and go style. Is there something similar out there that's secular?
  10. After hearing from the hive that Genevieve Foster's books would work well for my middle schooler, I am now looking into the Beautiful Feet Early American & World History guide that some of you recommended. I need to know: How Christian is it? Can it be easily adapted for secular use, for example by leaving out a few study questions, or would I need to alter a majority of the guide? Some of the BF guides use some providential history books that I know would not fly in our family. From the book pack BF shows on their site, I don't see any of this type of book -- or at least not any that I recognize as such. So, before I buy... I'd like to know!
  11. So... I think there are a lot of people who want this, but I was curious as to why it is needed specifically. Does History Oddysey work for the History or no... why? Obviously SOTW needs more secular activity suggestions. We would need readers that correspond with History included... right? Same question with REAL Science Oddysey. Would it be good to include a year of World Geography that is secular? American History? Of course, the option to follow the 4 year rotation will remain. Do we want to follow TWTM recommendations to the letter and just schedule them all out? I think many would want an LA with a Scope & Sequence like Rod and Staff that is secular. Am I right? Are we wanting every subject in a schedule like Sonlight? Or what? Hit me with your ideas. I don't know if I will pursue it, b/c it would take a lot of initial investment, but I am intrigued.
  12. I need suggestions that are open and go. I am new to homeschooling this year and I would like to work with my daughter more than I am managing now. I like HOD, but we're not very religious. I would like to compare secular K curriculum to HOD.
  13. We are pretty new to homeschooling so I am still learning my way around curriculum. We are currently using www.eequalsmcq.com and I am wondering how it compares to R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey. Dd is eight and is very Science/Math oriented. www.eequalsmcq.com seems a little light for her. Would R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey be a bit heavier? I am balking a little at the $40 price when I am not really sure. I was hoping someone would have some advice. If it is fabulous and dd will thrive on it I will buy it but if it is similar to mcq then we'll stick with mcq. If someone has something even better that would also be great. :) I am only interested in secular science curriculum.
  14. Hi there, I am trying to find a handwriting program for my daughter and I keep hitting a brick wall. Every Canadian online homeschooling store I go to is either out of stock of HWT or does not have any writing program I have heard of before. I do see that one caries Horizons which I know is Bible based. We are secular, but can I use this program for what it is and just appreciate the beautiful quotes, poems and verses? Thanks, Sara
  15. What would you recommend for a secular history program for high school? I've been poking around online and in previous messages but have not found any secular suggestions. Thanks!
  16. My oldest is 7 and working at a late elementary/early middle school level in Language Arts. For kindergarten, she did a highly condensed version of FLL 1/2. Last year, we did not do formal grammar for various reasons (long story), just WWE 1. For the fall semester, she's doing a non-traditional applied grammar program called Story Grammar for Elementary Students by Don & Jenny Killgallon. While I really like this program, she'll be finished with it by the time we break for the holidays. I'd like something a bit more traditional for the spring semester. I know Michael Clay Thompson's LA materials get raves for gifted kids but I looked over the elementary books a friend had and was rather underwhelmed by them. No offense to the MCT fans out there, but they're not what I'm looking for. I want something that teaches traditional sentence diagramming.
  17. we LOVE science! DH spends most of his free time watching TED talks and researching sciency things (mainly genetics) We are working on our overall plan for the kiddos and are new to the HS thing. I have to say I am having one heck of a time finding a good easy to follow science curriculum that isn't religious and is spilling over with good experiments. If I have to I suppose we could sorta fudge a program using some spines and adding on as we go but for the first years or so it would be nice to have some hand holding while we find our groove thanks! I am sure you all are loving my newbie game of ask the wise one 20 questions :P
  18. I am looking for a secular history for my K'er. My husband and I are history buffs and want to pass that on to our kids. I am having a hard time finding a secular history and even more difficulty finding a timeline. Any advice?
  19. I'm teaching two co-op classes next Friday. I'm looking for ways to come together as a group at the start. Prayer is traditional, but that's not a good option for us. What activity do you plan at the very start of your meeting to get everyone into the right groove? :bigear:Thank you in advance for any ideas.:bigear:
  20. Are there any secular curriculum packages? If so what do you think of them?
  21. I've tried searching the boards but haven't come up with anything. Pathway readers and McGuffey are Christian. Elson apparently is overtly patriotic and contains a few bible stories. Is there a secular reader available? It can be a single volume or multiple books. It would just be nice to have our reading practice already lined up in one place.
  22. I noticed this for the first time in my Prufrock catalog today: The Old Testament for Teens (Amazon page) Prufrock page There are samples at both sites. It was just published last November, so hopefully they'll come out with a second volume. :)
  23. Long story, won't bore you. Is there anything, ANYTHING, like Lifepacs that is secular? What suggestions do you have for a late middle schooler/early high schooler who responds best to a workbook type program? Ds13 is feeling quite frustrated, as am I, about his schoolwork. I'm about to pull my hair out. He only likes me to read aloud for a short time each day. He wants to do one chapter of the Hakim series per day. He doesn't want to read additional historical fiction and non-fiction. He'll do it if I insist but I don't see it working the way I want it to work. Maybe just a plain textbook approach? I'm so frustrated.
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