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  1. :DI know this is a lot to ask, but I'm a single mom, hate science (my dad was a nuclear physicist, determined we should all be scientists, and shoved it down our throats, need I say more?), but my daughter adores it! We've done most of the stuff we can read about, and simple experiments, but she is beyond ready for more, I just can't afford a lot, and was hoping for something I can get that would have most included, where I wouldn't have to purchase the entire year at once. It needs to be secular, can you recommend anything? We've done a ton of bio, but what I think she would truly love is chem (much harder to read about, much more fun to do!). Any suggestions? Thank you! Kiran Oops, sorry, she is 9, but, looking at some of the stuff around, we've done most of the 4th, 5th and some 6th that you can for reading, but not experiments.
  2. Am I asking too much:tongue_smilie:? My 14yo daughter was going to be doing Sonlight 100 (secularly), but many of the books strike us as too easy, too boring, or both. So, we've decided to use Oak Meadow American History, while reading through the Hakim series, reading and listening to historical fiction and biographies, and making good use of Netflix. My other child is only 5 and just beginning to really "do school" (kindergarten) this year. She is very bright but does not yet read, and she has a short attention span even for five. I'd like for her to study American History along with us, but I'm having a lot of trouble finding a secular spine at this level. I've found plenty for Ancient/World, but nothing at all for American. Does such a thing exist? My two children are starting high school and kindergarten the same year my chronic illness has taken a turn for the worse and my husband has been forced to accept a substantial paycut at work. I know there are plenty of good picture books and such out there, and I have spent hours researching, but I'm having a really hard time putting together a plan this year. I don't suppose any of you have compiled a chronological list of picture books for American History? Has anyone used the Dover coloring books with children this age? Do they have a story, too, or are they just coloring pages? I really appreciate any help you all can offer me. -Michelle
  3. Introduce yourself here folks. Gus is code for secular content. http://www.welltrainedmind.com/forums/showthread.php?t=161705&highlight=GUS&page=4 Post 39 first mentions it, and is then followed by a discussion to use it to label secular content.
  4. Ds is very interested in studying biology, especially marine biology--I piece our science together and we have either already used the recs in TWTM for logic stage biology or I don't think they will work for us. I need lots of ideas for books, websites, dvds, experiments, really anything.
  5. Please tell me of colleges that are secular or semi-secular (religious affiliation but no required chapels, etc) where your Christian and conservative children have felt at home and not ostracized. I think I may have some possible candidates for dd but want more options since she will need to ask for housing accomodations due to her illnesses and conditions and therefore need to get a number of acceptances to make sure she can have it.
  6. I've been planning to get RSO to use along with BFSU but I've been reading the threads on Elemental Science with interest. I've checked out the website and it looks interesting but on the sample for Earth/Space Science she says: "In writing this curriculum I ran into two problems with the books available for study. The first is Creation vs. Big Bang theory. I believe that God created the Earth, the Heavens and everything in it in seven days, but many books teach the Big Bang theory. I have endeavored to write each of my curriculums to be religiously neutral, but I find that when it come to earth science and astronomy it is nearly impossible, since your religious beliefs play into your belief of the origins of the Earth. So beware, depending on your beliefs, you made need to explain what you believe and why." So, does the Earth/Space curriculum mention Creation? or does it pretty much avoid the whole question? I'm looking for a secular curriculum and would like one that actually includes Big Bang/Evolution but I'm finding that almost impossible so will probably settle for no mention and supplement on my own. Thank you.
  7. I think the only ones that exist are CPO and Prentice Hall, but I thought I'd try. I am in desperate need of science for my 7th grader. I was going to buy CPO, but the price of the books on Amazon have gone WAY up. We've already started our school year, so I really need something fast. I want him to do Life Science this year to stay on track with the PS since he will be going back to PS.
  8. I'm looking for suggestions or links to previous posts for additional books to go with a spine for chemistry and physics for middle school and high school level please. :)
  9. I got these - the Basic, Not Boring series - they're nice and all is fine - except - there's no related text - nothing really in them - just questions. :confused: Are there any secular science workbooks that have some form of text either inside them - or with a related text? I like engaging, effective, and minimal work for me. :) Am I asking for too much? I guess I need to spend more time browsing the Rainbow Resource catalog one more time ...
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. Looking for some secular programs for logic. Any suggestions? Thanks so much! astrid
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. I would like something that incorporates vocab, lit analysis/comprehension, writing, etc. for middle school. Thank you.
  16. 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
  17. What would you do with this? I posted the Marcus Aurelis quote that I saw in someones sig: ‘Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, ...but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.’ And an aquantaince replied with something about Jesus and forgiveness not virtues, or something along those lines. I am really quite annoyed. I feel that if I did something similar to her, for instance suggested that the occurance she was praising Jesus for was due to karma, well, I think she would be a bit mad and find it disrespectful to her beliefs. But when I suggested that she had been disrespectful to mine she argued the point and welcomed well reasoned debate or something. Well I'm not interested in debating Jesus, or being proselytised to. So, who is right, am I overreacting and being precious or is she rude and disrespectful? What says the Hive?
  18. :lol: Since folks seem interested in specifics, I thought I'd create a poll. And please, if you answer 'other' tell us why. :)
  19. Apparently they actually had sun at Stonehenge this morning. No such luck where I live... Have a great summer, everyone! asta
  20. Do any of you have any kid-friendly Beltane traditions you'd like to share? We're planning on making bannock, and I'd like to find a bonfire to attend the night before, but as our town doesn't really have any kind of Gus population, I'm not going to get my hopes up. Also, I doubt the landlord would be too happy if we erected a maypole in the backyard. :D
  21. You guys are still out there right? It is feeling a little lonely on the board tonight! (Cue sound of lonely wind whistling through the solitary tree)
  22. Would some Pagans on the board please share your beliefs with me? I've been curious ever since the infamous (in my mind) Christian mythology thread. Plus, now one of my kids' friends describes himself as pagan and I'm not really sure what that means. Also, what "denominations" for lack of a better word, do you have, if any? (e.g. are wiccans Pagans?, etc.) I am woefully ignorant on this topic and am concerned that because of that I may inadvertently come off as disrespectful or even offensive. If any of y'all can educate me on your beliefs, I'd appreciate it.
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