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    For our April giveaway, we're thrilled to let you know that Moving Beyond the Page is giving away one full year curriculum package of your choice.

    Moving Beyond the Page is a complete homeschool curriculum that covers science, social studies, and language arts. Your children will grow in their love of learning through our literature-based curriculum that encourages critical and creative thinking, provides challenging and engaging projects, and supports different learning styles. All children can benefit from this unique approach to education. This is especially true for hands-on, creative, and gifted children who need more than a traditional approach to ignite their love of learning.

    If you have an elementary or middle school aged child that is bored doing one worksheet after another, don't miss this opportunity to give him something better. Moving Beyond the Page is how your children want to learn.

    Moving Beyond the Page has nine different curriculum packages for preschool, elementary, and middle school children. This month's featured giveaway is one (1) full year package of your choice from Moving Beyond the Page. (Retail Value between $465 - $975) You get to choose the age level and whether you want hard-copy or online curriculum. AND, if you purchase a full year curriculum package in April and then find out you are the winner, MBTP will refund the purchase price or send you another level - - your choice!!




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    by Published on 03-05-2014 01:54 PM
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    2. Curriculum,
    3. Secular Homeschooling
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    The threads that get viewed most often on our forum here at SecularHomeschool.com often have to do with secular science curricula...looking for it, bemoaning the lack of it, begging for input on finding it. In the past, secular homeschoolers have been underwhelmed by the available offerings in the science curricula arena.

    However, in recent years, several new secular homeschool science options have come on the scene making it not nearly so difficult to find a homeschool science program that will work for your family. I thought it might be a good idea to spotlight some of the newer curricula as well as the tried and true programs that are available, so you will have a centralized place to start looking.



    Science4Us (Grades K-2)
    This is one of the newest programs on the homeschool scene and is geared toward the early elementary set - - a nice bonus, since many homeschool science programs ignore the youngest learners. Science4Us combines the best of online, multimedia instruction with hands-on activities that are geared toward active learners.

    Time4Learning (Grades 6-12)
    While Time4Learning is more well-known for their math and language arts curriculum, they have recently added a comprehensive multimedia middle and high school science program that includes junior high coursework in earth/space science, life science, and physical science as well as high school coursework in biology, earth/space science, physical science, chemistry, and physics.
    Read all Time4Learning reviews at SecularHomeschool.com

    NOEO (Grades 1-9)
    NOEO is a science curriculum that has tried to take some of the best general science materials and combine them into a workable program for homeschoolers. I think they have made quite a successful effort actually. Certainly you could put all these same materials together for yourself, but it would be time-consuming, and NOEO includes a teacher’s guide with each program that even includes a daily schedule to really make it extra helpful. If you are able to purchase some of the program components at a discount, you might only need to order the supply kits and guide from NOEO.
    Read all NOEO reviews at SecularHomeschool.com

    Supercharged Science (Grades K-12)
    This is a program that combines videos, live tele-classes, reading and exercises. The administrator of the course is a former NASA employee and has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering, so she is clearly passionate about science.The reviews I’ve read make it seem like the parents have as much fun ...
    Published on 04-03-2014 11:39 AM
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    2. Secular Homeschooling,
    3. General Homeschooling
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    This is a blog reprint from secular homeschooler, Tina Smith. Tina has graciously allowed us to reprint her blog post, I am a secular homeschooler. You can find this original post and more on her blog, The Homeschool Realm. Thank you Tina!


    I am a minority amongst a group of minorities.
    (Using the word “minority” to mean literally “a number that is less than the whole number”, not in any way saying I have ANY idea what it means to be a racial minority.)

    One cannot assume nowadays that homeschooler=Christian. BUT, truth be told….religious homeschoolers still very much outnumber the nonreligious. That fact appears to be changing, and changing quickly, as I see larger and larger groups of secular homeschoolers all over the net and locally as well. And I have a hope that someday we will be equally proportioned, simply so things will be easier for us secular homeschoolers that get really tired of having to wade through all the religious content on the web for homeschoolers. Time will tell.

    But for now, my kind is in the minority and sometimes it gets very tiresome. Why, you ask? Because in 2014, it is still very much assumed, by most people, homeschoolers and nonhomeschoolers alike, that we are all “believers.”

    This is coming up right now because I just had a brief interaction with a homeschool podcaster that seemed to assume that I was a fellow “believer”…The situation was this: I was listening to a recent episode of his podcast (even though his podcast is very religious, I’d been able to get past that and glean some good info from it), where he interviewed a dad who was doing some neat things with his daughter. I went looking for their videos on YouTube and found the dad’s channel and noticed that if you clicked on “videos” it takes you to not only their uploaded videos, but the channel’s “liked” videos…and I was surprised to see that the likes were all very inappropriate, sexual, scantily clad girl videos.

    ...
    by Published on 04-18-2014 10:06 PM
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    So....for most of us....we are finally seeing some consistent Spring weather. And by that, I mean sunny days, rainy days, trees blooming and birds and squirrels playing Springtime chase! And for those that are still seeing occasional snow..... I am SO sorry. I am having a hard enough time with a week of great weather and getting to be outside and then BAM a week of rain every day and we are stuck inside.....blech.
    Spring to me, means we get to get outside. I get to work the garden and plant. The trees and flowers are blooming. The pots on the porch are ready to be filled with color and fragrance and I get to sit down with graph paper and plot out my garden. The daycare kids get to be outside daily or almost daily. And the Winter blahs fade away! Windows are open and fresh air floods the house! And we as a family can get out for walks, bike rides and park days with our homeschool friends!
    So exciting!
    Ok, so my top thing is that I can get my garden ready. I am happiest being a grubby person out in the dirt, planting seeds and tiny plants and nurturing them into food for my family! It relaxes me, it makes me happy.
    What is your favorite thing about the arrival of Spring and Spring weather?
    Click here to tell us! ...

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