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Firerose_RCM 08-02-2012 12:57 AM

Athiest/Non Religous Curriculums?
 
I'm looking for athiest/non-religous curriculums and having trouble finding them. I want curriculums that are either web-based (if the price is decent), CD-based, or textbook/workbook based. Something available in single subjects would be good so I can mix and match but i'd consider a package with all the main subjects too.
ETA: Any free online curriculums would be great too.

ktmelody 08-02-2012 01:24 AM

Check out secular homeschool website. Lots of good info there.

Oak meadow is supposed to be great and they have book or web based for a decent price.

Global student network looks nice but a little spendier.

I lile calvert but thats the higher end.

We had good results with time4learning and its monthly pay at $15 per student (might be $19 for one then $15 for next)

The well trained mind forums have good ideas too but I found lots of super acclerated learning on there so I only browse.

Firerose_RCM 08-02-2012 01:37 AM

Re: Athiest/Non Religous Curriculums?
 
I was looking at time4learning because the price is great. Is it a complete curriculum, or just a supplement? Is it easy to mix in other stuff with? Say for instance the program is covering cells in science and you want to mix in a building cells activity, extra worksheets about it, and stuff like that?

ulawolf 08-02-2012 04:59 AM

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JackieLyn 08-02-2012 06:54 AM

Re: Athiest/Non Religous Curriculums?
 
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Originally Posted by Firerose_RCM (Post 15487987)
I was looking at time4learning because the price is great. Is it a complete curriculum, or just a supplement? Is it easy to mix in other stuff with? Say for instance the program is covering cells in science and you want to mix in a building cells activity, extra worksheets about it, and stuff like that?

It depends on the age with Time4Learning. I am using it with my 4th grader, it is very comprehensive at this age. The science and social studies can be rather dry sometimes but they do provide additional activities and there are worksheets for some of the lessons. It would be super easy to add in a video clip or extra activities, I get library books to supplement or find science projects that correlate.

I also use it for K and 2nd grade and it lacks in science and social studies for both grades. There is no science or social studies offered for K, I use Moving Beyond the Page (completely secular) to supplement and it works out wonderful because Time4Learning covers my phonics and math and MBtP covers everything else. I also added in a handwriting program from Donna Young. My 2nd grader is just a tough cookie all around and so whatever I can get him to do is fine at this point. It's also nice because you can choose a grade level above or below their current grade level, my 2nd grader is more at a 1st grade reading level so I can use those lessons instead.

Secular homeschool is a great site with lists of secular curriculum available. And they just started a review section. There are a lot of secular curriculum, you just have to know how to search for them. Hopefully this helps some!

hac1224 08-02-2012 06:58 AM

Re: Athiest/Non Religous Curriculums?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Firerose_RCM (Post 15487987)
I was looking at time4learning because the price is great. Is it a complete curriculum, or just a supplement? Is it easy to mix in other stuff with? Say for instance the program is covering cells in science and you want to mix in a building cells activity, extra worksheets about it, and stuff like that?

For the younger grades, I wasn't happy with T4L. It had good information, but the kids really didn't have to make an effort to get through the lessons. My son would easily go through it and not retain anything because it just quickly covered stuff with no real review and no real challenge in being sure he knew it. *I* wouldn't consider it a complete curriculum, but some may. It just wasn't enough for us.

iris0110 08-02-2012 07:39 AM

Re: Athiest/Non Religous Curriculums?
 
I've managed to put together a free secular curriculum for grades prek-5th. After that I find it a bit more difficult and start buying curriculum. It really depends on what you are looking for program wise as well.

www.theheadoftheclass.com is a comprehensive program for prek-5th and it is completely secular. The drawbacks are that it uses whole word instead of phonics for teaching reading and it is light on science and history. It does offer geography, music, art and Spanish depending on grade level. I have used it with my oldest from 2nd through 5th and my youngest from k and he is just about to start 2nd. I have supplemented with a phonics program and a separate history and science program. Other options would be to follow along and assign reading and projects to go with whatever the child is studying at the moment on HOTC for science and history. My oldest has special needs (ASD) and that just wasn't the best option for him. This was the perfect program for my oldest when I started out teaching him, it isn't quite as perfect for my youngest who prefers more hands on. It is free so that is really nice.

www.lessonpathways.com is another program that can be a full program or you could use just parts of it. I use it for history. This is also free and secular but there is far more work involved on the parent's part to use it than something like HOTC or T4L where the child just logs on and does their work. I do like the history program.

http://www.mhschool.com/reading/trea.../national.html An option for LA books, these are also free. I'm making a break with HOTC as a full curriculum and only using the extras so I'm using some of these this year. There are Grammar, Spelling and Reading comp books.

http://www.uen.org/k12educator/corelessonplans.shtml I have not used this website much but it is an entire website of lesson plans for each grade level k-12. As far as I can tell it is secular.

http://www.eequalsmcq.com/ClassicScienceLife.htm This is what I am using for science this year. I teach both of my boys science and history together even though they are different grade levels. We just work through history and science lessons year round regardless of where they are in their other curriculum work. The boys are really enjoying this particular Science curriculum and it was free. If we go for the next book we will have to pay for it but it is a well laid out program and no religion in it, just scientific fact.

www.funnix.com is what I used to teach my boys to read. It is not free but was definitely worth the money. Tharen finished 1st grade reading at a high 3rd grade level and he hasn't even finished his funnix program yet.

www.progressivephonics.com is another learn to read program. It is free other than printing and it is a nice program though I thought it was a little slow moving. We use it along with funnix but Tharen is often bored with it.

http://www.spellingcity.com/spelling...ary-games.html Spelling, you can use the free version or pay a little to become a member. Kearnan enjoys the games.

http://jettedgames.com/spelling.htm Spell by color is the spelling program I use with my oldest. He can't learn to spell just by memorizing words and then testing on them. Spell by color teaches the actual rules and it is free (I believe the second year may cost $8). It is a really great program. Your child needs to be reading well before you can use this program.

http://www.sfreading.com/resources/ghb.html Grammar and writing books. I use these with the boys as well. I really like this program for grammar.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/students/ I have always said you could build a curriculum at BBC's student page. We have spent a month or more using the history page for our history lessons.

www.mrdonn.org is a great place for history lessons.

http://science.lotsoflessons.com/index.html Like Mr. Donn but for science

Then there is paid curriculum

I always wanted to try Oak Meadow but it would have been miserable for my oldest so I didn't bother starting.

We use Saxon for Math starting at 4th grade but you can start from K. I also use Hake Grammar (Saxon Grammar) staring in 6th grade but you can start with Saxon phonics and just move up. I love Saxon and have been very lucky finding Saxon math used cheap.

For first grade for my oldest I used http://www.amazon.com/Learn-at-Home-...=learn+at+home And it is a very easy to use and complete program. You can usually buy most grades of this pretty cheap used. My son didn't love it but it just didn't fit his needs well (too much fine motor work for him).

Firerose_RCM 08-02-2012 02:58 PM

Re: Athiest/Non Religous Curriculums?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by iris0110 (Post 15488552)
I've managed to put together a free secular curriculum for grades prek-5th. After that I find it a bit more difficult and start buying curriculum. It really depends on what you are looking for program wise as well.

www.theheadoftheclass.com is a comprehensive program for prek-5th and it is completely secular. The drawbacks are that it uses whole word instead of phonics for teaching reading and it is light on science and history. It does offer geography, music, art and Spanish depending on grade level. I have used it with my oldest from 2nd through 5th and my youngest from k and he is just about to start 2nd. I have supplemented with a phonics program and a separate history and science program. Other options would be to follow along and assign reading and projects to go with whatever the child is studying at the moment on HOTC for science and history. My oldest has special needs (ASD) and that just wasn't the best option for him. This was the perfect program for my oldest when I started out teaching him, it isn't quite as perfect for my youngest who prefers more hands on. It is free so that is really nice.

www.lessonpathways.com is another program that can be a full program or you could use just parts of it. I use it for history. This is also free and secular but there is far more work involved on the parent's part to use it than something like HOTC or T4L where the child just logs on and does their work. I do like the history program.

http://www.mhschool.com/reading/trea.../national.html An option for LA books, these are also free. I'm making a break with HOTC as a full curriculum and only using the extras so I'm using some of these this year. There are Grammar, Spelling and Reading comp books.

http://www.uen.org/k12educator/corelessonplans.shtml I have not used this website much but it is an entire website of lesson plans for each grade level k-12. As far as I can tell it is secular.

http://www.eequalsmcq.com/ClassicScienceLife.htm This is what I am using for science this year. I teach both of my boys science and history together even though they are different grade levels. We just work through history and science lessons year round regardless of where they are in their other curriculum work. The boys are really enjoying this particular Science curriculum and it was free. If we go for the next book we will have to pay for it but it is a well laid out program and no religion in it, just scientific fact.

www.funnix.com is what I used to teach my boys to read. It is not free but was definitely worth the money. Tharen finished 1st grade reading at a high 3rd grade level and he hasn't even finished his funnix program yet.

www.progressivephonics.com is another learn to read program. It is free other than printing and it is a nice program though I thought it was a little slow moving. We use it along with funnix but Tharen is often bored with it.

http://www.spellingcity.com/spelling...ary-games.html Spelling, you can use the free version or pay a little to become a member. Kearnan enjoys the games.

http://jettedgames.com/spelling.htm Spell by color is the spelling program I use with my oldest. He can't learn to spell just by memorizing words and then testing on them. Spell by color teaches the actual rules and it is free (I believe the second year may cost $8). It is a really great program. Your child needs to be reading well before you can use this program.

http://www.sfreading.com/resources/ghb.html Grammar and writing books. I use these with the boys as well. I really like this program for grammar.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/students/ I have always said you could build a curriculum at BBC's student page. We have spent a month or more using the history page for our history lessons.

www.mrdonn.org is a great place for history lessons.

http://science.lotsoflessons.com/index.html Like Mr. Donn but for science

Then there is paid curriculum

I always wanted to try Oak Meadow but it would have been miserable for my oldest so I didn't bother starting.

We use Saxon for Math starting at 4th grade but you can start from K. I also use Hake Grammar (Saxon Grammar) staring in 6th grade but you can start with Saxon phonics and just move up. I love Saxon and have been very lucky finding Saxon math used cheap.

For first grade for my oldest I used http://www.amazon.com/Learn-at-Home-...=learn+at+home And it is a very easy to use and complete program. You can usually buy most grades of this pretty cheap used. My son didn't love it but it just didn't fit his needs well (too much fine motor work for him).

Thanks for all those links! The free sites look great and the used books seem like a good deal. I think with a little planning (which is something I LOVE to do) I can create a comprehensive free/cheap curriculum that has everything I want.

SamanthaSews 08-02-2012 03:47 PM

Those links are great! I spent Naptime exploring lesson pathways & I don't even have a preschooler yet. Lol! Just planning ahead :)

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Kalohabreeze 08-03-2012 04:50 PM

Re: Athiest/Non Religous Curriculums?
 
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