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    Default Alternatives to Bookshark for fusion of at-home, online and group class curricula

    The state of Michigan, where I live, has recently started being open to public school districts and homeschoolers working together to offer an innovative schooling option, consisting of a "fusion" of at-home, online, and group classes. For more info see: https://www.oxfordvirtualacademy.org/fusion.

    I am looking at starting a program like this in my area, where we already have a partnership (one of many in Michigan) between a local school district and the homeschooling community that currently offers elective classes only (see https://keweenawfamilydiscoverycenter.com/). I'd like to add core classes to the mix and am looking for suggestions for great curricula that might be easily adapted for this kind of use.

    The Michigan school district I know of that already offers this kind of program uses Bookshark for their curriculum for all subjects. I'm looking for something secular but am not convinced that Bookshark ticks the boxes in other respects. Our community tends toward a progressive, hands-on, real world approach to education. Any suggestions for curricula for one or more subject areas? Thanks in advance!

    (By the way, I hope that posting this question does not break any forum rules, given that it does concern publicly-funded schooling. I also hope that no one flames me for not being a "pure" homeschooler! )

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    Welcome. TBH, Bookshark isnt exactly secular. This forum tends to run favoring eclectic, pieced together curricula for each subject (and based on each student’s needs, learning styles, and circumstances), and nobody Ive ever seen here recommends the box, all-in-one things.

    Good luck with getting a nice hybrid in Michigan! We have public-charter homeschools here in California - theyre great for support and resources! Our charter offers core and electice classes, although my sons only attend the electives.

    As far as online schools.... not a fan here. All the bureaucracy of public schools, none of the human to student instruction of classrooms or parents to students, none of the individuality affirming that our kids are not automaton cogs in the machine.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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