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    Hi,

    I've been homeschooling my daughter since Kindergarten. I hadn't planned on it. It was for medical reasons. For a number of reasons, we've continued, and she's about to start 5th grade.

    We've been using K-12 through Compass Charters here in California, but not only do I have some problems with the curriculum, such as having to correct the history books, and skipping entire sections thanks to them including biblical items here and there, my daughter is also ahead in some subjects and behind in others, so we need more flexibility. This year we've signed on for the Compass Charters Options program, which allows me to choose her curriculum from a list of vendors, and I've got questions. Esp regarding history. It's very important to me that it me an unbiased and non-subjective perspective. So I'll be perusing the forum for reviews of the offered courses, and if I don't find what I'm looking for, I'll probably be asking for opinions.

    So glad to find this place.

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    Welcome!
    We are in San Diego, too, and also go with a charter. (A different one!)
    History books, especially those aimed at elementary ages, are hard to find that arent jesus-biased. Sorry. I think it is because little kids arent really that interested in this sort of thing, the only people trying to get their younguns to absorb it are xtian homeschoolers.
    There are plenty of other secular programs, and US history, and history-like unit studies you can pretty easily find that are secular, if you know where to look.
    What are you specifically looking for?
    Does your daughter like to read, would a literature based curriculum be good for her? Does she have fine motor issues, so something with heavy writing demands would be inappropriate? What subjects are you looking to cover?

    We can give lots of suggestions, but theyre better if we know what you need!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Hi and welcome!

    We also homeschool in CA, in north Orange County. We are registered as a private school because I don't really like checking in with anybody. Just another perspective on the history question though-- We're not Christian, but I've familiarized DS with well-known biblical stories and I discuss Christian beliefs as they come up in literature and history.

    Western history, political and scientific, are full of famous figures who were Christian and their beliefs influenced their decisions. Our Founding Fathers being one example as our currency still bears the words "In God We Trust." Another example is the widely taught novel Huckleberry Finn in which Twain explores the dogma of Christianity, superstitions of the time, and common decency and humanity (which often runs counter to the first of these). I'm not sure how schools teach this novel without addressing Christian beliefs and how Twain subverts them.

    I don't think the topic of Christianity is necessarily bad unless the author or speaker is presenting it as a belief or truth that one must accept. Some literature or historical events require this understanding in order for them to make sense. But I would also say this in terms of any other religion or mythology--if it influenced a part of the world or an entire population, then it ought to be addressed.
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