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    Published on 05-01-2015 08:00 AM
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    Calvert Education offers a comprehensive homeschool curriculum using a blend of textbooks and online learning that can be used wherever life takes you. Whether you are new to homeschooling or a seasoned homeschool veteran, Calvert Education has a program to fit your child's needs.

    Are you looking for an education alternative? Calvert also offers their award-winning curriculum for free through virtual public schools in many states. Visit our virtual school site to learn about one near you!

    Calvert has created Verticy Learning for children who are dyslexic or who struggle with reading, writing or spelling. The Verticy Learning program can be used in your home to supplement school lessons or as a complete homeschool curriculum. Learn more at VerticyLearning.org.

    One lucky SecularHomeschool.com member will win a full K-8 Math course from Calvert Education Services during our May 2015 giveaway!

    Choose between:
    Traditional Calvert Math - Calvert Math teaches key math skills and how to apply them to everyday life situations. The program provides daily lessons and step-by-step directions and places strong emphasis on the higher level critical thinking and problem solving skills.
    Calvert's Math in Focus – Using the world-renowned Singapore Math Method, Calvert's Math in Focus course emphasizes conceptual understanding, critical thinking, problem solving, and skills fluency. Your child will focus on fewer concepts that are taught to mastery, thereby eliminating the need to reteach concepts year after year.

    Easy to Use
    Spend your time teaching, not planning. Each math course includes everything you need:
    • online instruction and games that promote creative thinking
    • easy-to-use manuals with daily lesson plans included

    FREE Placement Test Included!

    FREE Expert Support Included!
    Calvert’s Education Counselors are on call, ready to provide FREE support. Whether you have questions on the best placement for your child, want advice on how to teach a new math concept, or just need general homeschooling support, you don't have to go it alone with Calvert. (Retail Value: between $268-342, depending on grade level)

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    To enter this giveaway, simply comment below and let us know why you would like to win a Math Course from Calvert Education Services.
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    by Published on 05-25-2015 08:42 AM
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    We’ve had plenty of discussions here at SHS about teaching religion - - and a few of them have gotten quite er...intense. (come on...you know you had fun, though!) But I’m going to come at it from a slightly different angle in this featured From Soup to Nuts post this week. I’d like to talk about teaching religion to our kids in the context of STORYTELLING.

    Truth is, the history of religion is a history of stories. Not just the teachings of the religions themselves - - which truly are rife with fables, parables, allegories, and myths - - but even the very timeline of events tied to religion over the course of human existence includes narratives that are more than just a little interesting to study in detail. And is there any more engaging way to get kids excited about learning than storytelling?!

    This whole topic came front and center for me a couple weeks ago when I was listening to a video interview with Laura Gibbs about Teaching Humanities Online. Laura, who teaches online courses at University of Oklahoma, and has a unique non-lecture approach. Her approach is to have students create semester-long storytelling projects called “Storybooks” along with their reading assignments. And as if this weren’t cool enough, the reading content that students use in Laura’s courses that she calls “UN-TEXTBOOKS” is completely Open Source, free, and available to anyone. Yes, I said, ANYONE.

    So, let me introduce you to my favorite new resource for teaching religion via storytelling, care of Laura Gibbs…”The Myth-Folklore Un-Textbook.”

    Now, I could go on and on telling you how amazing I think this resource that Laura has created is, but let me share a little bit of what one of Laura’s former students, Beth Hobson, had to say about it…

    "I was driven to take Laura's Mythology and Folklore class because I have always thought that mythology and folklore was an interesting topic. I guess you could say that I naturally gravitated towards learning stories about other cultures and the stories that existed in them.Laura's class styling is unique and in a very good way. It was creative, more in depth, allowed me to use my creative skills as a student/artist, it fit into
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    by Published on 05-25-2015 08:28 AM
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    You asked for it, and here it is! The newest addition to the SecularHomeschool.com forum is a section dedicated to discussions about College Prep. Many of our members are smack dab in the middle of their homeschooler's high school years, some are edging closer to that daunting stage, and a few of us (waving hand wildly here) have actually found ourselves on the other side with some actual wisdom to offer (stop giggling!!!).

    So, thanks to the request of multiple SHS'ers, as of today you have a custom-built location for all-things higher-ed-prep. Let the questions, advice, and occasional commiseration begin!!!
    by Published on 05-18-2015 02:06 AM
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    by Published on 04-29-2015 11:26 AM
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    Would you believe we've NEVER done a blog hop at SecularHomeschool.com? I'm not sure why, because it truly sounds like fun. So let's give it a shot, eh??

    We're all about the positive around here, so let's make this first ever blog hop a brag-board of what's gone RIGHT this homeschool year. You may have had 160 bad days this year, but we know there were at least a few that reminded you why you got into this adventure in the first place. Those are the ones to tell us about on your blog.

    • What did your kiddo(s) accomplish that surprised you?'
    • What change to your routine or schedule fixed some underlying aggravations?
    • What did your outside family members notice and take time to compliment you on?
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    by Published on 05-14-2015 12:28 PM
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    This is something I have seen all over every homeschool group or board or forum I belong to over the past couple of weeks!
    Lots of people are currently choosing or have already picked/bought/found their curriculum for next school year!

    KUDOS to them I say!

    We have always used Time4Learning, except for our first couple of years of High School. T4L didn't have theirs yet and Mom had to figure out what she wanted to do. UGH!
    2 teens, 9th and 10th grades..... that was a nightmare Summer for me. Especially when a lot of what I bought, we ended up hating. I dreaded the computer because I had to find stuff, then find the best deal, order and hope for the best.

    I have 1 kid graduating this year(yay and sad at the same time!), that leaves me with 1 for Fall, doing his Senior year of High School.

    I guess you could say I already have curriculum picked out, as he is doing Time4Learning again. He hasn't picked what extra things he wants to do though. That is up to him. The sky is the limit, since it will be just him with my full attention.

    So, do you have your curriculum picked out for next school year?
    Click here to tell us! ...

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