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    I am looking for suggestions on secular elementary science. Any ideas?

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    Pandia Press's Real Science Odyssey (RSO)
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    Other secular science for elementary...

    TOPS (good, cheap, experiment based, uses everyday objects, lots of levels and topics, - no central text)

    Inquiry in Action (free, excellent chemistry program, experiment based)

    Thunderbolt Kids (free, cool comic book text, from SA so some cultural references may be unknown, but teaching notes are good, includes instructions for activities)

    RSO (mentioned above... very thorough, lots of experiments, many levels and topics for all of elementary school)

    Ellen McHenry (unit studies, very well done, extremely thorough, includes a lot of "games" and other activities and not many instructions for experiments)

    Mr. Q (free for the biology, cheap for the others, very basic, but just what some families are looking for)

    Moving Beyond the Page's science units (literature based science)

    The Story of Science by Hakim (excellent science history books, the teacher materials have science experiments to go with the science history)
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    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    Mr. Q (free for the biology, cheap for the others, very basic, but just what some families are looking for)
    Is this truly secular or just neutral? The biology sample avoids the difficult topics which make me believe that it was neutral.
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    Oh, I think you're right, Miriam... Mr. Q might be neutral. It's been eons since I looked at it. Sigh. Technically Ellen McHenry is neutral too, I think... but it's unit studies so... there's that. We've used some of those and because it's about something so specific it doesn't feel like it's avoiding anything the way that a curriculum like Elemental is obviously leaving out a huge part of biology.

    I realized I left off BFSU, which is definitely secular. It's also kind of loosey goosey. I love the idea of it... but it didn't work for us.
    Disclaimer: Everything I'm saying is just my own opinion, based on my own experiences teaching and with my own kids and my own life. You should just ignore me if I'm annoying you. I don't mind.

    But if I don't annoy you, feel free to visit my blog:
    http://farrarwilliams.wordpress.com
    Children's Books, Homeschooling and Random Musings...

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    Oh, I think you're right, Miriam... Mr. Q might be neutral. It's been eons since I looked at it. Sigh. Technically Ellen McHenry is neutral too, I think... but it's unit studies so... there's that. We've used some of those and because it's about something so specific it doesn't feel like it's avoiding anything the way that a curriculum like Elemental is obviously leaving out a huge part of biology.

    I realized I left off BFSU, which is definitely secular. It's also kind of loosey goosey. I love the idea of it... but it didn't work for us.
    What about BFSU didn't you like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weatherwax View Post
    What about BFSU didn't you like?
    I just found it not very user friendly for me. I like the layout and the concept - and the way that you could jump around. At the point at which we got it, I'd been DIY'ing science for little while and I felt like I was doing just as good if not a better job, so I didn't feel like trying to make it work either... we only tried it really briefly.
    Disclaimer: Everything I'm saying is just my own opinion, based on my own experiences teaching and with my own kids and my own life. You should just ignore me if I'm annoying you. I don't mind.

    But if I don't annoy you, feel free to visit my blog:
    http://farrarwilliams.wordpress.com
    Children's Books, Homeschooling and Random Musings...

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    We use RSO - so far we've done : life, earth and space and chemistry. If you're looking for younger elementary I'd consider using Elemental Science created by Paige Hudson. I've used Intro to Science for K for all my kids. I used Biology for the grammar stage for 1st for my oldest before we switched to RSO. Now we do science as a group and I use RSO and Biology for the grammar stage together. We cover whatever the weeks topic is and the older kids do the RSO pages and the younger do an activity or book from Biology for the grammar stage.

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    Has anyone used Mystery Science? I have a subscription, but I never remember to use it. Is it worth remembering to delve into?

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    Three I know about are RSO, BFSU, and Nancy Larson Science. We use RSO and like it. I wanted to use BFSU but came to the same conclusion about it as Farrar. I haven't tried Nancy Larson Science. I seriously considered it, but it was just too expensive.
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