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    by Published on 01-24-2020 05:51 PM
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    homeschool-resources-1[908]-pngThanks to Our Sponsor Calvert Homeschool!

    It is HERE!!

    The 2020 Secular Curriculum Top Choices List is here. It is like Christmas for curriculum. Secular Homeschool created this list to better assist you in your curriculum choices. Picking curriculum can be hard, we personally know this. So many choices with very little input. We have done the hard work for you. Below you will find our top picks in many categories, along with several reviews. So grab a cup, sit back, relax and find your new curriculum for the 2020-2021 homeschool year.



    TESTING AND TEST PREP

    Triangle Education Assessments - a one-stop shop for all of your nationally standardized achievement and cognitive testing needs.

    eTap- provides homeschool teachers & students with all primary and secondary school course of instruction, plus college entrance exams, test prep and more.



    LANGUAGE ARTS
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    Time4Learning - provides a preschool to 12th-grade online homeschool curriculum using an approach that takes advantage of today’s technology and the internet. I have taught almost every grade level of Time4Learning since we started our homeschool journey! It quickly became a family favorite and my kids not only learned but advanced. They passed every State required test above their grade level. I love the ability to keep track of my kiddos learning with parent reports!

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    Time4Writing - Everything from grammar to essays is taught by our team of certified teachers who assess each student’s writing and provide encouraging feedback on every assignment.

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    Calvert - an online, private academy for grades K-12. Each student receives an individualized learning plan based on their goals, their current academic standing, and their style of learning. A personalized academic support team of teachers, advisors, and counselors is then selected to ensure your student has a strong foundation for achievement.
    Please visit our Calvert Homeschool Review.


    Timberdoodle - Our goal is to offer unique and innovative homeschooling items that are fun for kids and parents.

    eTap - provides homeschool teachers & students with all primary and secondary school course of instruction, plus college entrance exams, test prep and more.

    Starfall - Starfall’s emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity has proven effective in teaching emergent readers. Free with some paid upgrades.

    Write from the Heart - an online program designed to teach composition and literature.


    MATH

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    Time4Learning - provides a preschool to 12th-grade online homeschool curriculum using an approach that takes advantage of today’s technology and the internet. I have taught almost every grade level of Time4Learning since we started our homeschool journey! It quickly became a family favorite and my kids not only learned but advanced. They passed every State required test above their grade level. I love the ability to keep track of my kiddos learning with parent reports!

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    Time4MathFacts - What students experience as they play games to practice math facts is an immersive world of fun characters, rewards for improving their recall, and confidence-building feedback showing them their progress.

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    Calvert - an online, private academy for grades K-12. Each student receives an individualized learning plan based on their goals, their current academic standing, and their style of learning. A personalized academic support team of teachers, advisors, and counselors is then selected to ensure your student has a strong foundation for achievement.
    Please visit our Calvert Homeschool Review.

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    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University –Features dual-enrollment for homeschool high school students with onlinecourses and two campus options.

    Timberdoodle - Our goal is to offer unique and innovative homeschooling items that are fun for kids and parents.

    eTap - provides homeschool teachers & students with all primary and secondary school course of instruction, plus college entrance exams, test prep and more.

    Starfall - Starfall’s emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity has proven effective in teaching emergent readers. Free with some paid upgrades.




    SCIENCE AND STEAM/STEM

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    Time4Learning - provides a preschool to 12th-grade online homeschool curriculum using an approach that takes advantage of today’s technology and the internet. I have taught almost every grade level of Time4Learning since we started our homeschool journey! It quickly became a family favorite and my kids not only learned but advanced. They passed every State required test above their grade level. I love the ability to keep track of my kiddos learning with parent reports!

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    Calvert - an online, private academy for grades K-12. Each student receives an individualized learning plan based on their goals, their current academic standing, and their style of learning. A personalized academic support team of teachers, advisors, and counselors is then selected to ensure your student has a strong foundation for achievement.
    Please visit our Calvert Homeschool Review.

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    Kinderlab Robotics - offers KIBO – A hands-on STEAM learning toy that engages young students to be producers and creators with technology.

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    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Features dual-enrollment for homeschool high school students with online courses and two campus options.

    Timberdoodle - Our goal is to offer unique and innovative homeschooling items that are fun for kids and parents.

    eTap - provides homeschool teachers & students with all primary and secondary school course of instruction, plus college entrance exams, test prep and more.


    Sciplus - offers an eclectic range of products, many with a science or educational tilt to them, others simply handy or amusing. Great place to buy science equipment!



    EARLY LEARNING

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    Time4Learning - provides a preschool to 12th-grade online homeschool curriculum using an approach that takes advantage of today’s technology and the internet. I have taught almost every grade level of Time4Learning since we started our homeschool journey! It quickly became a family favorite and my kids not only learned but advanced. They passed every State required test above their grade level. I love the ability to keep track of my kiddos learning with parent reports!

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    Kinderlab Robotics - offers KIBO – A hands-on STEAM learning toy that engages young students to be producers and creators with technology.

    Timberdoodle - Our goal is to offer unique and innovative homeschooling items that are fun for kids and parents.

    Starfall - Starfall’s emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity has proven effective in teaching emergent readers. Free with some paid upgrades.




    SPECIAL NEEDS


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    Time4Learning - provides a preschool to 12th-grade online homeschool curriculum using an approach that takes advantage of today’s technology and the internet. I have taught almost every grade level of Time4Learning since we started our homeschool journey! It quickly became a family favorite and my kids not only learned but advanced. They passed every State required test above their grade level. I love the ability to keep track of my kiddos learning with parent reports!

    Timberdoodle - Our goal is to offer unique and innovative homeschooling items that are fun for kids and parents.

    Starfall - Starfall’s emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity has proven effective in teaching emergent readers. Free with some paid upgrades.

    eTap - provides homeschool teachers & students with all primary and secondary school course of instruction, plus college entrance exams, test prep and more.

    Colllins Academy Therapy Services - occupational therapy with a focus on homeschooling.




    MULTIPLE SUBJECTS

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    Time4Learning - provides a preschool to 12th-grade online homeschool curriculum using an approach that takes advantage of today’s technology and the internet. I have taught almost every grade level of Time4Learning since we started our homeschool journey! It quickly became a family favorite and my kids not only learned but advanced. They passed every State required test above their grade level. I love the ability to keep track of my kiddos learning with parent reports!

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    Calvert - an online, private academy for grades K-12. Each student receives an individualized learning plan based on their goals, their current academic standing, and their style of learning. A personalized academic support team of teachers, advisors, and counselors is then selected to ensure your student has a strong foundation for achievement.
    Please visit our Calvert Homeschool Review.

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    Grace and Grit - Grace & Grit is a company that teaches girls essential life skills and confidence through customized lessons. I really like their concept and focus on providing girls with life skills for REAL life.


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    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Features dual-enrollment for homeschool high school students with online courses and two campus options.

    eTap
    - provides homeschool teachers & students with all primary and secondary school course of instruction, plus college entrance exams, test prep and more.

    Timberdoodle - Our goal is to offer unique and innovative homeschooling items that are fun for kids and parents.

    American School - American School’s innovative paper-based and online curriculum offers something for everyone in grades 6-12.




    TECHNOLOGY AND CODING

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    Kinderlab Robotics - offers KIBO – A hands-on STEAM learning toy that engages young students to be producers and creators with technology.

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    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Features dual-enrollment for homeschool high school students with online courses and two campus options.

    Timberdoodle - Our goal is to offer unique and innovative homeschooling items that are fun for kids and parents.

    Sciplus - offers an eclectic range of products, many with a science or educational tilt to them, others simply handy or amusing. Great place to buy science equipment!




    ELECTIVES AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE

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    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Features dual-enrollment for homeschool high school students with online courses and two campus options.

    Timberdoodle - Our goal is to offer unique and innovative homeschooling items that are fun for kids and parents.

    Duolingo - free foreign language site with over a dozen languages available

    Bilingual Together -
    Everyone ​learns best when having fun. ​Our ​site is full of tips and tricks for making ​language learning exciting and fun for the whole family.




    HISTORY, SOCIAL STUDIES, AND GEOGRAPHY

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    Calvert - an online, private academy for grades K-12. Each student receives an individualized learning plan based on their goals, their current academic standing, and their style of learning. A personalized academic support team of teachers, advisors, and counselors is then selected to ensure your student has a strong foundation for achievement.
    Please visit our Calvert Homeschool Review.

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    Grace and Grit - Grace & Grit is a company that teaches girls essential life skills and confidence through customized lessons. I really like their concept and focus on providing girls with life skills for REAL life.



    Timberdoodle
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    Our goal is to offer unique and innovative homeschooling items that are fun for kids and parents.

    eTap - provides homeschool teachers & students with all primary and secondary school course of instruction, plus college entrance exams, test prep and more.
    by Published on 07-15-2019 12:08 PM
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    2019-top-curriculum-shs-pngWhat does July mean besides fireworks, potato salad and BBQ’s? At my house it means it is time to start planning our new school year! SQUEE! We homeschool year-round but finish sometime in June, taking a 4-6 week break to enjoy all Summer has to offer. And what does this Mom enjoy more than perusing for new curriculum and planning our next school year. Nothing! Especially while soaking up some much needed Vitamin D.

    While I love doing this, making choices is hard. I keep our homeschool on a budget and try to mind my spending but at the same time getting curriculum I know my boys will use and enjoy. I equate picking curriculum to being a child in a toy store and no rules!

    If you are like me and have a hard time deciding between this and that, check out our Back to Homeschool Curriculum Awards. Not only do we have great choices on there to help YOU, but you can vote for your favorites and help your fellow homeschoolers in their curriculum choices!


    Voting starts today, July 15th and runs through July 24th!

    Sponsored by World Book

    by Published on 07-14-2019 06:48 PM
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    pizap-com15631416326431-jpgHomeschooling can be expensive but it can also be done cheaply, you just need to know some tips and tricks!


    • Assess your budget. It doesn’t matter how or why you need to, life happens. Decide on a budget you can feasibly do for homeschooling. Is it easier for you to set aside a block of money or do a little each month?




    • Family and Friends can be your asset! Whether it is school supplies, crafting supplies, old books or even scrap paper. Don’t turn it down. Grandparents asking for gift ideas - consider a membership to a local museum or zoo instead of a toy.





    • Check with your local school. Yep. Just because you are a homeschooler, doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of your local school’s cast-offs. End of the year, many schools clear out old books, textbooks, supplies and even furniture(think student desks and bookshelves).




    • Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Let Go and Local Homeschool Groups. All are places to get FREE stuff. You just have to be diligent AND set up your search to notify you.



    • Yard Sales. Great places to get cheap things like globes, books, posters. And most are willing to bargain lower.


    • Back to School Sales. These usually start in July and sales are awesome. Remember to not buy more than you can store! But who can resist 10 cents for a notebook! Not me!


    • Library Book Sales. Make friends with your librarian. Most libraries have book sales and even free boxes of books to get rid of. If your librarian knows your needs, she usually will set some aside or notify you of upcoming discards.


    • Dollar Tree. They have an amazing educational section and it changes throughout the year. School supplies like educational posters, test tubes, math manipulatives for $1.


    These are just a few things that can get your started homeschooling on a low budget. Look for Part 2 later this month, right here on Secular Homeschool!
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