• Secular Homeschooling

    Published on 04-03-2014 11:39 AM
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    2. Secular 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.

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    by Published on 03-13-2014 04:31 PM
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    2. Secular Homeschooling,
    3. Homeschooling Styles,
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    March is National Craft Month!

    And I know we have a bunch of crafty people and KIDS on this forum!
    Crafts are not just busy work! Crafts are a way to express Art, learn Art, use Math skills, learn shapes, follow directions, use Science, practice reading skills, practice writing skills, learn about History and socialize with friends!!
    Local craft stores are having special fun events this month, check yours! Some are having SPECTACULAR sales on crafting supplies! This is when I stock up! I also hunt our local thrift stores for stuff I can use all year round!! I have oodles and oodles of stuff!


    Crafting is not just for little kids or adults! It is for all ages and for both boys and girls!
    Did you know that it is said that knitting can help with Math retention? True story! New Math Tricks: Knitting and Crocheting


    Kids with sensory issues may do better when learning new things through crafting! 10 Fun Activities for Children with Autism (Not for all kids with sensory issues, every child is different and you know your child best!)


    Create some GREAT family memories by crafting with your kids!


    You can teach art curriculum using crafts alongside it! What better way to distinguish between artists by creating their own piece of art for impressionism or surrealism or pointillism.


    Pinterest is a great place to find some great kid crafting ideas! Check out ours for Secular Homeschool! ...
    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 ...
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