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    Hello and thank you so much for having me! Our son is entering Kindergarten in the fall and we have decided with the current state of affairs in our country that it is best to homeschool. Since I have never done this before I felt it was best to start off with some sort of curriculum. I have spent the last several days researching and have found what I *think* are some good options but I know there are many more and want other secular Moms advice on whether or not I'm heading in the right direction. So far I really love Blossom and Roots but don't see any really Math for a Kindergartener. I know that he doesn't need much at this age but I would like him to have some. It seems that their Math & Science program is really just Science. The other option that I was drawn to was Build Your Library but it seems very heavy in parent lead reading. We do read a lot but I don't want the bulk of my day sitting and reading. My husband and I would love for this to be much LESS work than a traditional brick and mortar school for him. Not worksheet after worksheet, no constant memorization etc. I think we fall somewhere in-between traditional brick and mortar and unschooling in the approach that we would like to take with this. I am a stay at home mom with a 14 year old and a 2 year old as well so my time is stretched between the three of them. Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated.

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    Welcome! I hadnt heard of Blossom and Root before, but it does claim to be secular, and I didnt see any clues that it was secretly xtian. It seems to be in the “scarfy wharfy” category of younguns education... if this is the feel youre going for, you could compare it to Oak Meadow. (Not endorsing or recommending either, just that its in the same “feel”.) If B&R speaks to you and your imagination of what you want homeschooling to be like, go for it. Getting something, even highly recommended by others, if it doesnt match your dreams, isnt going to keep you interested in it.
    As far as BYL goes, I loved their Around The World package. And pretty much only read the books that were at our local library. You dont have to read EVERYTHING, and that goes for any curriculum. You do the amount of work that feels right, at your pace, and as it suits you.
    As far as math goes, you will want to get a separate math curriculum. Most homeschooling curriculum packages are flexible to be done with an age range of kids (together), so math and reading (phonics, learning to read) are handled separately. We could give you suggestions for both, just let us know a little more about your son’s disposition and current reading / math interests. Some math is super intensive with manipulatives (The Blossom & Root kids were an example of that in the video), but otherwise workbooks might suffice. Remember, you dont have to do every problem! Youre the boss, you gauge how well your son is getting the info.
    For all your curriculum, pick inexpensive stuff before you shell out megabucks for something that you will feel bitter about if it doesnt work out. And avoid anything that promises you the moon with no effort on your part, and very liftle effort on your sons part. Your son will get out of homeschooling what you put into it!
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    Hello! Welcome to the forum.

    I used Five in a Row when my kids were little and I really liked it - BUT it is not secular. FWIW, I don't recall there being any religion in the curriculum, there may have been a religious verse here and there, but I just skipped over that stuff.

    Other products I used when my kids were little (PreK - 3rd) that I'd use again - Singapore Math, Brave Writer (The Arrow, Jot it Down, Poetry Tea Time), Magic School Bus Science Kits and books, Magic Tree House books and Fact Tracker series, Evan-Moor workbooks, Critical Thinking workbooks, a membership from Audible as well as anything audible from the library, Progressive Phonics, All About Reading (if, later, you have a kiddo who has challenges learning to read).

    FWIW we used BYL for 7th grade and enjoyed it. My kiddo hates when I read out loud, so she listened to many of the books, and we skipped the one that sounded blah to us or that she has previously read.

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    The Kitchen Table Math series is great for doing just a little math.

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