• Secular History and Social Studies Curriculum

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    History/Social Studies
    Secular Homeschool Curriculum Directory

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    Bookshark

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    Textbook-based K-8

    From the leaders who built the award-winning Sonlight® curriculum, BookShark offers a literature-based academic program that meets the needs of all homeschool families. BookShark’s comprehensive curriculum schedules an unrivaled selection of books and is filled with thought-provoking questions. All the preparation is done, enabling you to focus on teaching

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    Global Village School

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    Online/Workbook-based/Textbook-based/Multisensory/CD-Rom/Literature-based/Book K-12

    GVS is an international, non-profit, K-12 distance learning school. We work closely with families to provide creative and progressive curricular options whether you want to enroll or use our curriculum on your own. Our K-8 guides are designed to be very flexible while our 9-12 offerings are more structured.

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    Oak Meadow

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    Textbook-based/Multisensory/Literature-based/Book/Other

    PreK-12

    Learn organically with Oak Meadow! Their homeschooling curriculum for K-12 encourages creativity and intellectual development through hands-on activities and interdisciplinary projects. Child-centered and nature-based, families love their organic approach to personalized learning. Use independently or enroll in their distance learning school.

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    Actual Size Social Studies
    Workbook-based
    PreK-6
    36 detailed blueprints with simple directions along with 36 complete lesson plans make it easy to create full-scale drawings

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    Advance Placement US History

    Online/Books

    9-12 AP-level course designed specifically for homeschool students

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    American History Go Fish Game

    Hands-On

    3-12

    American history-based deductive-thinking game that teaches thinking skills, chronology, and history facts

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    American History Memory Game

    Hands-On

    K-4

    History-based memory game that teaches thinking skills, introduces kids to American history, and teaches chronology

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    Ancient History Go Fish Game

    Hands-On

    3-12

    Ancient history-based deductive-thinking game that teaches thinking skills, chronology, and history facts

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    Ancient History Memory Game

    Hands-On

    K-4

    History-based memory game that teaches thinking skills, introduces kids to ancient history, and teaches chronology

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    Bluestocking Press Government and Economics Courses

    Books/Study Guides

    6-12 Makes difficult economic concepts accessible to middle and high school students by breaking them down into digestible information

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    Bringing Up Learners: Mosaic

    Downloadable Learning Guide

    K-4 Free year-long day-by-day schedule coordinating many popular history, literature, and activity books and websites

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    Chester Comix

    Comic Books

    3-8 Historical comic book series that even reluctant readers will enjoy

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    A Child's History of the World

    Storybook

    4-6 Focusing on how historical events relate to each other; world history up through the 20th century  (not traditionally a secular text, but modified and used by many secular h-schoolers)

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    Classical Historian Ancient Civilizations

    Workbook/Textbook/CD-Rom/Primary Source

    6-8

    Students can learn Ancient Civilizations History, Critical Thinking, The Socratic Discussion, and Analytical Writing

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    Classical Historian Medieval Civilizations

    Workbook/Textbook/CD-Rom/Primary Source

    6-8

    Students can learn Medieval Civilizations History, Critical Thinking, The Socratic Discussion, and Analytical Writing

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    Classical Historian Modern American History

    Workbook/Textbook/CD-Rom/Primary Source

    9-12

    High school history program that teaches Modern American History, Critical Thinking, The Socratic Discussion, and Writing

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    Classical Historian Modern World History

    Workbook/Textbook/CD-Rom/Primary Source

    9-12

    History program that teaches Modern World History, Critical Thinking, The Socratic Discussion, and Writing

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    Cooking Up Some American History Cookbook
    Cookbook
    PreK-6
    50 authentic easy-to-make recipes from all periods of American History that includes historical contexts and classroom connections

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    Cooking Up Some World History Cookbook
    Cookbook
    PreK-6
    50 authentic easy-to-make recipes from all periods of World History that includes historical contexts and classroom connections

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    Critical Thinking in United States History

    CD-Rom

    6-12 Teaches history and how to evaluate it from different perspectives

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    Explore Everywhere
    Online/Multisensory
    PreK-2
    Multimedia learning program that provides international cultural and musical lessons

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    Focus on US History

    Workbook

    7-11 Teaching units including a teacher's guide and worksheets for students

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    Genevieve Foster Books

    Literature-based

    6-12 Although published by a Christian publishing company, many secular homeschoolers like this literature approach to history

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    Heritage History Classical Curriculum

    CD-Rom/Literature-based/Book/EPUB MOBI PDF

    4-12 Classical history curriculum utilizing a living books method; complete eBook library compatible with Kindle/iPad eReaders, study guides, maps, timelines included

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    History at our House

    Audio-based

    2-12 Can be accessed via live conference calls or via MP3 downloads

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    History Odyssey

    Classical

    1-12 "Great book" approach to history

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    HistorySimulation.com

    Other

    9-12

    Mr. Harms Simulations are interactive lesson plans in simulation format. WWI, WWII, Cold War and Civil War

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    Horrible Histories
    Books/Magazines/Video
    2-6
    An irreverent and fun take on history that began as a book series and branched out to a franchise.

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    Intellego's World Religions
    Unit Study
    6-12
    Your children will take an interactive journey through history to learn about 14 different world religions

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    Learning Through History

    Unit Study

    4-12 Series of 64-pg magazines that include articles, activities, and study guides for specific historical periods or themes

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    Lessons for the Young Economist
    Textbook
    9-12
    Introduction to economics for the young reader that covers both pure economic theory and how markets work

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    Living Religions
    Textbook
    9-12
    Focuses on cultural customs, popular spiritual practices, mixtures of religions, and varieties of religions ways

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    Medieval History Go Fish Game

    Hands-On

    3-12

    Medieval history-based deductive-thinking game that teaches thinking skills, chronology, and history facts.

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    Medieval History Memory Game

    Hands-On

    K-4

    History-based memory game that teaches thinking skills, introduces kids to medieval history, and teaches chronology.

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    Neighboring Faiths
    Multisensory
    6-9
    From the UU: 32 flexible sessions explore history and development of different faith traditions.

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    One World, Many Religions: The Ways We Worship
    Textbook
    3-7
    Author Mary Pope Osborne introduces young readers to the world's seven major religions

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    People, Places, and Principles of America

    Texbook/Resource Kit

    7-12 Designed as a two-year overview of American history

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    See Time Fly

    Visual/Timeline/Workbook

    4-8 History for visual learners; part of the visualizing and verbalizing program

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    Short Lessons in US History/World History

    Textbook

    6-9 Secular, liberal-leaning approach to the events of world and American history

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    Story of the World

    Classical/Read-Aloud

    1-5 Presents world history in a narrative format

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    The Story of Religion
    Book
    1-4
    Introduces the history of religious belief and the practice of religion in the world today

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    Usborne History Books

    Books

    4-8 Standard and internet-linked books making history appealing for visual learners

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    World History Detective, Ancient and Medieval Civilizations, Book I

    Workbook/Textbook

    6-8

    368 page history book includes geographical maps, timelines, and concept maps, and develops critical thinking and reading skills

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    World History for Us All

    Unit Study

    6-12 Free online history unit studies

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    Youngzine

    Website

    2-8 Site where children can learn about current news and events shaping their world

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