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  1. Need recommendations for a secular earth science curriculum for 4th grade...........Any recommendations?
  2. I am a long time lurker and this is my first post. I finally summed up my courage to post because I have spent the last week trying to find a secular reading curriculum and to no avail. English is not my first language. I grew up in Asia and moved here 11 years ago. My husband was born in Asia too and moved here when he was 14. Our 4 year old daughter was born here and she has been in school since she's 2 because we both work. I afterschool her in phonics/reading and Math. She can read quite well and is the only one reading in her preschool class. (Please excuse my bragging :D) I am starting to research a good reading curriculum for her to use when she's in K/1st grade. She's reading above level right now and I expect her to do so in K/1st grade too. I feel that I do need a structured curriculum because English is my second language. I won't be able to browse through literature and pick out different genre for her. I know some will say that I don't need a curriculum and just let her read. I do agree to a certain extent, however, I don't know how I can teach her things like antonym and synonym without a curriculum. Math we can do, language we really are at a lost. Does a secular and fun reading curium exist? :bigear:
  3. I just stumbled upon this collection of secular homeschooling resources link list and thought it would be helpful to post it here: http://www.angelfire.com/or/mtdewbydo/secularcurric.html Hope this helps someone.
  4. Just sharing... There has been a decent range of secular curriculum, especially in science, that has been discussed recently on the Non-Christian Homeschoolers social group. You do not need to be a member to view the discussion. :001_smile:
  5. I'm just wondering if her books have a religious point of view. Thanks
  6. I've never come across one, so I don't know if such a thing exists or not. Actually, that's not quote true, but the one I did see was most definitely geared toward a classroom setting. Has anyone used/seen anything they like? TIA!
  7. Greetings, Can anyone here give me some ideas/suggestions for secular curriculum? Pre-School, kindergarden will do for now. I am just looking for research material at this time. Also, is there a place to check on all the abbreviations used in the forum? I get really lost with them. :confused: Thanks for your help. Be well Miriam
  8. Looking for a grammar text for dd, who will be in 6th grade. I haven't found a grammar text I love yet......so what do YOU use? And for what grades is FFL 4 recommended? I couldn't really find much info about it on the Peace Hill Press site. Thanks so much (I"m WAAAY behind on my curriculum ordering/planning!) Astrid
  9. Hi, I am looking for secular curriculum for a 2nd grade boy who does not like to sit much and is very fidgety. He will be eight next month and is just starting to read "OK". I know nothing about Latin. Looking for something fun, short lessons and painless. Also looking for a good grammar program. I was going to buy LLATL but read a review that said it had bible verses and questions in it. I would like to teach the bible to my son and not have other books do it, since obviously not everyone believes the same. I liked the idea of everything all in one. But I don't need that. Actually I already have Spelling power and HWT to work with. I was just going to add those into LLATL. So Iam looking for Grammar, read, writing and phonics. I have Saxon math and we loved it last year. Last year I tried the WTM way of teaching science and history but I have a 19 mth old and my son really struggled with reading so it was torture to get it done and I found myself skipping it a lot. Is there a program that is simular but in a neat package so I have less hands on time with these subjects? I want to be invovled some, but not have to be there with him all the time. Not to exspensive. Am I asking for a miracle? :001_smile: I'm sure I forgot something here. Thanks, Jodie
  10. Let me see if I can explain this clearly: We're covering the Middle Ages this year, and I think we'll get through the Tudors by next summer. For the purposes of this post, I'm differentiating between copywork and narration. We're doing copywork so my son can learn the flow of beautiful language and practice his writing skills, and I prefer that it be primary source material whenever possible, so that he can connect with the feel of the time period we're studying. We've got some passages that reflect our family's religious beliefs already, but we're not Christian, so I'd prefer that any Biblical passages or excerpts from religious poetry be descriptive rather than proselytizing in nature. I found this page on Wikipedia, but haven't gotten to chase down all these resources yet. I wondered if anyone else had been in this position, and whether you had some passages you particularly liked. Would you mind posting them, if so? Thanks so much.
  11. My kids are 6, 8, 12, and 14. They have never been formally homeschooled as we are unschoolers. This was pretty easy to accomplish in the US, but a year ago we moved to Mexico and are now rather isolated both geographically (no phone service, internet by satellite only, closest town 15km away) and culturally. While on one hand, the kids recognize the difference between Aztec, Maya and Totonac architecture, my opportunities to schedule a robotics class or an art class, visit the symphony, etc. are rather limited. Last fall I ordered many of the non-religious Sonlight Core 1+2 and Core 5 books. I also have Singapore math and will be ordering Teaching Textbooks for the 12 and 14yos. So, history-wise and literature-wise, I am pretty comfortable with that which we have. The girls (6, 8 yos) have Spanish copywork and cursive books but they are still printing when writing. So, for Math I have Singapore for the girls and Teaching Textbooks for the boys. For literature I have all the Sonlight stuff. For history, I am happy with the Sonlight stuff. I am looking for Grammar/Composition for the boys. I've looked at Rod & Staff, CQLA, Easy Grammar, Growing with Grammar, Access Writing, Writer's Choice and Meaningful Composition. I LOVE Meaningful Composition but the sample pages don't show if it is as religious as the CQLA. I'm not really worried about grammar, per se, but more composition. I don't think the girls really need grammar yet. I just found Writer's Choice - any ideas if this is an engaging as Meaningful Comp? I can't find a sample yet. I have also looked at the Michael Clay Thompson (?) Grammar Island, Sentence Island, etc., but worry that since it comes from a website devoted to "gifted" children, my average kids will be overwhelmed. The girls aren't reading yet but the 6yo regularly does Headsprout a few times a week. The 8yo isn't ready yet. My 12yo didn't start reading until he was 10 so it doesn't worry me yet. I do plan on making sure she doesn't have any letter dyslexia or anything though. I'm thinking of Explode the Code also but haven't decided. For science we have lots of books and I''m not sure I want anything concrete for science. there is a guy in Alabama who has an online thing and I think we'll do Mythbusters and Krampf's videos. The 14yo is interested in learning Latin so I'm looking for something NOT DRY and engaging for him (and me, tbh!). I speak Spanish only to them an hour a day (sometimes all day very irregularly) so they are slowly picking up Spanish (we're so isolated they only play with local kids once a week or so). Art we do on the beach or the girls are CONSTANTLY drawing and Sonlight has the "How Artists See" series which I figure is good enough. So, I'm looking for suggestions on Latin, honing the boys writing skills and other ideas if you have any areas you think I'm lacking in.
  12. I am looking for something I can do with all of my children together. Something to spark conversation, outline what good moral character is and how to practice it. Any ideas of a curriculum or book that will do this without a biblical perspective?
  13. I really like the layout and am considering putting something like that together, but it seems like a lot of work. I'm always flip-flopping on whether or not to do a couple of subjects with all of the kids together. It seems like a good idea until you try and implement it. :) I'm sure there are people who happily use Winterpromise without the religion, but I figure if I have to rewrite and supplement a bunch I might as well just write my own (or not put the kids together.) Thanks for any suggestions!
  14. Are there any good secular options for doing grade 1 level history besides SOTW? Thanks! Amanda
  15. I saw the other thread and most of ya'll advise religious publishers. Now, I am Christian but just wondered who ya'll would choose for secular. For some reason, having religious references in our daily schoolwork (outside of scripture and prayer time) really bugs my boys. I don't count Calvert as a textbook company as most of their stuff is only available in the expensive full grade level packs. Any ideas?
  16. I am looking for a secular logic program similar to The Art of Argument. I was going to try to use The Art of Argument secularly but in reviewing it decided that it wouldn't work for us. Any ideas? I'm looking for something targeting 7th/8th graders. Thanks!
  17. There was a review of a secular guide to Charlotte Mason education in the second issue of Secular Homeschooling Magazine. I'd never heard of it before, so I thought I'd pass it along in case anyone else might be interested. It's an eBook, and it's only $5! I haven't read it all yet, but it looks great so far. It talks about Charlotte Mason herself and her general philosophy of how she viewed and treated children, and then it gets into the how-to's of a CM education, such as narration and nature study and such. It's 145 pages. Hope someone will find it useful! http://www.pennygardner.com/secular.html
  18. We just finished History Odyssey Ancients 2 yesterday. I don't know that I want to use HO again next year. But, as far as I know, the only secular alternative to HO for logic stage is History At Our House. This isn't going to work for us because they are starting Ancients at the junior high level next year, and I don't want to repeat Ancients. Not to mention that I'm not really ready for the expense or for outsourcing. Are there any other alternatives?
  19. I'm looking for suggestions for a secular science. I want something that does not teach young earth creationism or intelligent design with options for physics and chemistry as well. Thanks Jo
  20. The Pagan thread went over so well, I'm encouraged to ask this question. :001_smile: I'd like to hear from the homeschoolers here who are using a completely secular approach. How are you addressing the beginnings of civilization with your kids? Are you teaching different beliefs right away or waiting for your child(ren) to ask questions first? Rebecca has been to a Christian preschool, but there has been minimal "religious" education there. We're using a Christian umbrella school this year - I'm assuming a Bible curriculum will be required (haven't had a chance to ask questions yet) so I'm choosing something more historical in perspective than religious. With ancient studies beginning this year, and with Becca being the bright and inquisitive little girl she is... I'd better be prepared for the big questions! What I want is to encourage her to think critically and make her own decisions about what beliefs to embrace. I want to give her information with as little bias as possible. To be completely honest, I'm still a seeker myself. Has anyone else schooled using this approach? How did you address the big questions like beginnings and endings? Do you have any materials or books to suggest? ***Please note - it can be hard to make myself clear online, so please don't take any of my words the wrong way if you totally disagree with me! I am in no way trying to intimate anything about how anyone else passes on belief systems to their children! :)
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