Secular History/Social Studies Curriculum
My first foray into the world of history and social studies was via the Sonlight Curriculum. Nowadays, the folks at Sonlight are very open about their Christian leanings, but back in the day it was much less "out there." And the thought of a literature-based curriculum made me giddy. I think my kids were in 2nd and 4th grade, so we split the difference and ordered the third grade core package. When it arrived, I felt like it was Christmas all over again. The smell of all those beautifully packed childrens' books alone was worth the (overwhelming-for-a-homeschooling-family) price of the year's curriculum!! And as I flipped through the teachers guide and different subjects, I was so excited about each and every item I pulled from the box UNTIL I got to the history books. Stories about Christian missionaries, Euro-Centric drivel, and "history" books using sweeping mentions of young-earth creationism were packed in right alongside some excellent books that I still keep and reference to this day. I felt a wee bit nauseated. And quite cheated out of some serious bucks.
Oh, to have had the great online resources I find now about how to "secularize" these type of curricula!!
And even MORE helpful would have been a list like the following - - of Pre
-Secularized History/SS Curriculum!
I haven't had quite as much time to research this list as the other ones, so I hope you will help me by providing your favorites not listed here in the comments below. And before you ask, SOTW and CHOTW and similar titles aren't listed here on purpose. I know there is a huge debate over whether they are secular or not, and for the purposes of this list, I wanted to focus on 100% secular programs and titles. But I promise that I will deal with the "can-be-secularized" ones in the near future, okay? Thanks!!!
||Critical Thinking in US History
||Focus on US History
|Genevieve Foster Books
||History at our House
|Learning Through History
||People, Places, & Principles of America
||Short Lessons in US History/World History
|Little History of the World
||Young People's History of the United States
||Mosaic World History
|Trail Guide to Learning: Paths of Exploration
||Usborne History Books
||World Atlas of the Past Series
|World History: Patterns of Interaction
||World History for us All
||Complete Book of U.S./World History (Carson-Dellosa)
||Magic Tree House