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  1. I want to try to squeeze in Geography this year, but our schedule is pretty full already. I'm looking for a basic middle school textbook, focused more on cultural geography than physical geography. I'm not looking for activities/map-making/literature, just a basic open-&-go textbook we can squeeze in once a week. I thought I should ask for suggestions instead of just doing my usual thing and buying a dozen cheap used textbooks on ebay until I find one I like.... :tongue_smilie: TIA, Jackie
  2. I need a secular health book. I've heard great things about Total Health, but is it Christian? What I really need to know is would my public charter school pay for it. :-)
  3. It seems like there is some disagreement as to whether it is. I am looking for a secular option for K/1 history.
  4. I had planned to do K this year but it is proving not to be the right choice for our oldest so we are going to move on to 1st grade. Unfortunately this means that I am back to having no clue what I am doing (I had just really gotten comfortable with our approach for K). What are your favorite secular first grade options? We will need Math, LA, History, Science, the works. Thanks
  5. I have recently returned to my morning yoga routine and would like to resume journaling as well. Both are my way of preparing myself for the day. In the past, I have usually done a light, quick reading of something I find inspiring before I start writing. Past choices have included: Simple Abundance, The Artist's Way, Sacred Moments (Popov), Tao Te Ching, Traveling Mercies, and books by Emmett Fox and Thich Nhat Hanh. I am looking for some new inspiration and would appreciate some recommendations. Thanks so much.
  6. 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. :)
  7. We're using IEW for writing but I'm wrestling with what to use for grammar. What's out there that fits my criteria: Middle school 5-7 grade level Doesn't assume that the student already knows grammar - uses diagraming Secular - because we go through a public charter school Available at Rainbow Resource... or another "approved vendor" at our school... so in other words if it is only available to buy from the publisher I probably can't get it. The best thing I've found so far is Zaner Bloser's G.U.M. and I'm trying to find some more options to pick from.
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    Secular Science

    I have a friend who is looking for a secular science curriculum. No theology, please. Anyone out there using one they love? I would like a link or website, if possible to give to her. Thanks!
  9. Hi! I have a friend who is interested in home schooling her 4 yr olds and is looking at curriculum that would teach her twins to read before they go to ps. I have only ever used Bible based curriculum so it puts me in a bit of a quandary. I have used Abeka and MFW for teaching read with some RS. So, can you help me? I think we might need a curriculum that teaches her how to teach with step by step instructions and would love it to be hands-on. Oh wise, WTM'ers, can you help me?
  10. Would you pick Exploration Education's Intermediate Physical Science or Supercharged Electricity and Robotics kit? Or maybe a kit from Little Professor that includes a free subscription to Discovery Education Science, which I'd love to get anyway? I have a 7th grader who is being homeschooled for the first time. Our main goal is to get him reading on grade level, so he will be working hard at that. I want science to be fun and hands on. He has never expressed interest in science, but I actually think he has the makings of an engineer or something. I will be getting the CPO text to use alongside the experiments. http://www.superchargedscience.com/sciencekits.htm http://www.explorationeducation.com/intermediate/overview.html http://www.academyofscienceforkids.com/kits/index.php Thanks! Lisa
  11. My almost-12 yr old DD was talking to me last night about how she'd like some more friends. She really only has one friend, who she loves, but she'd like more. We live in a small town, and most of the homeschoolers we know are religious. They are all wonderful people, but for the first time DD mentioned that she's like to get to know some kids who are more like her (agnostic, pretty much). When she was younger, it was a little easier to see people at park days and such, but the older kids just don't show up to park days. DD is a "young" preteen, she still loves to play, doesn't care about clothes, boys, makeup, anything like that. So I don't know how she would fit in in the public middle school (she'll be in 6th grade this year...she's been homeschooled all her life except for two months in 3rd grade). We've tried some outside activites (Brownies, when she was little, 4-H, etc) but due to the area we live in, they all end up having a religious bent to them...even though these organizations are supposed to be secular. (The 4-H thing especially disappointed me, but that's another story). I guess I'm just looking for ideas for "socialization". My DS could use that too, as he gets pretty lonely at times. DD doesn't want to go to school, but the time she was in school she made some great friends. She didn't keep in touch with them anymore though, and I think she misses them. I was trying to think of some extra-curricular activites she could participate in at the middle school, like band or choir, but she's not interested in those. (Sports are out, too....she hates sports). It seems like most of the older homeschooled kids find their social contacts through church. We have just about every kind of church in this town except UU. DD has gone to church with her friend before, and I've encouraged it because I like her to learn about all kinds of religions, and I'd like her to meet new people, but she doesn't feel comfortable there, and I don't want to force her to go if she doesn't want to. Any suggestions? What do all you secular homeschoolers do to find friends?
  12. Ds is planning to study the Constitution in depth this year, and I've been working on gathering resources and ideas. I just started to preview A History of the US Constitution on Netflix instant play, and I'm pretty impressed. I'm on episode 1 of about 8 and, so far, they've mentioned religious bigotry in Massachusetts, the fact that Americans were the least-practicing population in the western world, and that 75% of New Englanders in 1771 shunned the church. To me, this is huge in setting up to discuss the meaning of religious freedom vs. being "a nation founded on Christianity". Just thought I'd share in case anyone else was on the hunt for this kind of info!
  13. I'm posting this on behalf of a good friend. Due to family circumstances, my friend is looking for curriculum her rising 5th grader can work on as independently as possible. The child does well academically, is a strong reader, and has good reading comprehension skills. The family has always homeschooled, but has used various parent-child interactive curriculum. That won't work for them this year. One major requirement is that all of the choices be secular. I'd like to gather your suggestions and pass them on to my friend. Thank you!
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    Secular curriculum

    I live in GA and this will be my first year homeschooling my children - 2nd and 4th grades. I am trying to find a system/homeschooling kit which follows the GA curriculum and is secular. The only ones I can find are Christian based. I was hoping that someone may be able to point me in the right direction. I would be really grateful for any help. Thanks - Corrina
  15. I know this may sound silly since A Reason For Handwriting is based on using the scriptures, but I like the looks of the program. I like the style of printing they use. I like the treehouse:001_smile: for showing the placement of letters. I like the transition to cursive. However, the scripture verses just don't fit with our life. So, does anyone know of anything secular that might be similiar? Thanks in advance. Woolybear
  16. I'm looking for a secular science curriculum for my 11 and 9 yr olds. I was planning on getting Noeo Chemistry II (my DD will be 12 by the time we'd start this, but she's never had any Chemistry before, so I'm hoping this will be the right level for her.) I saw Noeo mentioned on one of the secular curriculum threads last week, but I noticed there are some religious references on their "about us" page, and I wanted to make sure there wasn't a lot of that in the actual curriculum. Any info would be appreciated, thanks!
  17. My ds has expressed a desire to do art. Mainly he is wanting to learn how to draw. He is very interested in writing computer games and would like to be able to do the art work. Does anyone have any suggestions for a secular art course that would carry him through highschool as well?
  18. I was thinking of just starting with a study of the human body. we have some excellent reference materials but beyond reading them I am at a loss. has anyone used Everybody Has a Body
  19. My daughter enjoyed the coloring pages for SOTW 3 last year and has expressed a distinct desire for more cut/paste type activities specifically this year (she's turning 9 and getting into crafts now). We'll be doing SOTW 4 with an emphasis on American history along with it. Caveats: building paper models of buildings, etc with lots of fiddly pieces is not something she enjoys, and it needs to be secular (not necessarily only a secular publisher, but the materials themselves should be). I'm thinking of getting the History Pockets for the Civil War (she enjoyed the Ancients one we did in first grade), but have not really looked into lapbooks or other such before. They aren't my favorite instructional tool, but she's old enough to do it primarily on her own. We're already doing a notebook on state history that involves a good bit of cut/paste, which I think has fueled the desire.
  20. I have a friend that is pulling her daughter out of 6th grade, and I need some suggestions. Thanks. Jo ignore my bad grammar...I'm eating and typing. ;-)
  21. We are doing Singapore now and will try the next level, but just in case it is too hard for DS (or I have a hard time teaching it) Id like to have something else as a possible back up. He seems to be good at math so far but I'm not the best at explaining it lol If we want a secular, spiral approach, what would you suggest? Saxon? Prefer something that won't be too teacher intensive in the later elementary years (I think I read that RightStart can be this way).
  22. Animals and Their Worlds? I've been talking to DS about what kind of science program we should try....he is open to anything, but he does have a special love of animals, so I think one of these may be a good fit. Do not want a creationist view though, so wanted to check here first Our other science options are Sonlight (used secularly) McRuffy, or Elemental Science (but mean old mom doesn't want to be doing daily science experiments quite yet...so that has to be a factor in deciding on which program to choose ) ETA: So far I have liked an open & go curriculum (like McRuffy phonics, Singapore math) so I don't want something with a lot of pre-preparation required. DS is a young first grader (turned 6 at the end of June) so I want to keep things light and fun at this stage
  23. Are these secular? I ask because some other curricula from the same publisher is not. Are there any religious references at all? Details would be most helpful, so that I can determine if we could use or adapt these. TIA! :001_smile: ETA: I saw that they are recommended in the new WTM for logic stage writing as alternatives to Rod & Staff.
  24. My 7yo loves science. She really struggles with reading, so I want to make sure that science stays fun for her. I want it to be interesting, challenging, and make her think, but not rely on worksheets or anything that requires her to do a lot of reading or writing. Any ideas?
  25. Now that we're on to this next stage, I'm finding fewer curricula out there specifically for homeschoolers and even less that's secular. I remember the mind boggling array of products for K-4, but not now. So, I was wondering what were your best and worst picks for secular curricula for the logic stage (in any subject)! Why did you and/or your dc love or hate it? So far, my best pick is Oak Meadow (esp. Science and Social Studies). I like the flexibility and thought-provoking nature of it. I don't have a worst pick for logic stage ... yet.
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