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    This will be my 1st time home schooling. So far, this is what we are looking at. Please let me know what you think! We want to keep it all secular and teach world religion. We believe it is our responsibility to give her a firm understanding of the world around her based on tangible fact but it is her choice to pick what she believes. (Frank is catholic, and I am not. We have been together for 15yrs and have always been able to respect each others opinion. But we do enjoy a good debate and slippery slope reasoning)


    Math: Think Well
    and Uzinggo on the side


    History: Usborne Encyclopedia of the World or
    History Odyssey starting at lvl 2

    On the side: John Green youtube Crash Course
    Horrible Histories youtube
    Maybe some books from Heritage History?


    LA: Michael Clay Thopson lvl 4 (Not sure what lvl to start with. She is behind and struggles.) or
    Learning Language Arts through Literature


    Science: Shepherd - Life Science (Scared to use this, I have heard it teaches creationism...?) or Pearson's - Concepts and Challenges: Life Science
    and Uzinggo on the side
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    If you're considering HO and want to do life science, RSO just came out with their level 2 of biology. Maybe use that? I would definitely not use Shepherd. Ack. And I'm not personally a fan of school textbooks, though some people really like them, especially for science.
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    Anything that has "shepherd" in the title would send me running for the hills. I have never heard of it, but I would bet anything that it would not be secular.
    LLATL is not secular either.

    Our world history curriculum used the Usborne Encyclopedia of the Ancient World and it was one of the dryest units we ever did. My kids (who read a ton both for school and pleasure) would drag their feet when given a reading assignment. I ended up scouring Discovery Education, Netflix, Amazon and You Tube for videos that would cover the information in the reading. Personally, I don't think encylopedias should be used as textbooks, they should be used as reference to look things up.
    (the curriculum was Moving Beyond the Page, fwiw. We loved it normally, but that unit had to be greatly modified.)
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    I am suspicious of Heritage History, also.
    A quote from their website:
    Are these books written from a Christian perspective?

    All of the books in the Heritage collection are respectful of Christianity and promote traditional morality. A few are written from an explicitly Christian point of view, but most are matter-of-fact histories that don't deal directly with religious issues in a controversial way. All of the books in the Heritage Classical library were written before 1923 and so many of the distortions and anti-Christian biases that are apparent in modern children's histories are entirely absent.
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    HO = History Odyssey but what is RSO?

    I am not a big fan of text book either. However, this will be our 1st year and I want a base/guide to start with. From there who knows where we will end up! She was also the one to pick it out. In her words," MOMmmm! I don't want to study earth science! I kind of like that book they are using in Mrs.---- class, can we start there? I want to be a vet."

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    RSO=Real Science Odyssey
    They have a biology course.
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    Thanks Teri! Definitely something to watch out for. Looks like HH and Usborne are out. I don't think Jenna could handle sitting through a dry text ( Nor do I want to teach it ).

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    I wouldn't necessarily toss out the Usborne. I agree that it's dry and not my favorite option, but encyclopedias can be decent guides if you are livening them up - I think it really depends on your style and how you intend to use it. But History Odyssey will be more open and go. And, of course, Crash Course is excellent fun.
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    HO2 also recommends using Kingfisher as an encyclopedia option. From the looks of it, I prefer it and will be using it instead of the Usborne that has been collecting dust for the past 4 years. HO confirms that they are devoutly secular in their FAQ section.

    For logic stage biology, we are using Classiquest this year. It is also definitely secular.

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    I plan on using the books as guides, not a set course. Neither of us can sit still very long! With that in mind, HO seems to be a better fit for both of us.

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