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    Default We Chose Oak Meadow and have regrets

    Hi everyone,

    I just posted an introductory post and thought I would post about the curriculum I chose.

    This year we went with Oak Meadow for the all in one, open and go ease of it. My being an artist I wanted my girls to have a curriculum that to would appeal to my girls' creative side. My husband being a scientist wanted something fact-based, fully secular and not religion-neutral. After reading about this curriculum and that it does teach evolution, I thought we had a winner.

    I'm disappointed because this curriculum is kind of weak-sauce on the evolution. The beginning paragraph explains how many people feel differently about the beginning or human existence. That paragraph could be removed from the lesson and nothing would be missed. I admit I am being picky about this, but this isn't the only issue I have. The week we about to start on Monday teaches the story of Moses as historical fact. I do not agree with using the bible as a primary source. I am not here to debate the bible or any theology, I don't care how or why people believe the way they do. I am upset with this curriculum because it has turned to be very different from expected. I would like to be clear that I am okay with my children learning ABOUT different religions and beliefs, doing so will help my children understand people and the decisions they make. I'm not okay with teaching stories in the bible as fact.

    Anyone have suggestions on how to handle this? I am thinking of skipping this week's history lesson, I don't know why I feel like I need permission to do so.

    Thank you for your time,

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    Oh WOW! I thought OM was secular!

    Even if you skip this weeks ridiculous lessons, how can you trust what they will say on other topics? Im so sorry! And no way do you need to justify that you dont want your kids fed religious garbage when you were expecting secular!

    It is, however, really hard to find child-friendly ancient history curriculum. Even Ive given up and am going to try the pukey StoryOfTheWorld again this year. (I may give up, like I did twice before trying to teach it to my oldesr.)
    There are just the plain Usborne and DK encyclopedias and stuff, but they dont seem to tie it all together like a curriculum does.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    What about Big History Project? It looks even better now than when my daughter used it years ago. We used it as our 'spine', then did project-based activities around topics that really caught her interest. It's free, it's 100% secular.
    Home schooled two kiddos from a remote location for seven years. DD16 has transitioned to public high school. DS8 tried PS, but likes home schooling better.

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    We're doing evolution right now - I bought the Evolution unit study from Build Your Library and have been more or less following that. (But not entirely - I'm not using the fiction book that's part of the unit, just nonfiction. And I've added a few extra activities/swapped out some of the ones they included because they're not doable in these quarantimes.) The BYL unit relies on a few good books that add up to a pretty thorough accounting of evolution, the abundant evidence we have backing it up, and how Darwin developed his theory. My son's enjoying the unit very much - it's currently his favorite subject of the day.

    You certainly don't need anyone's permission to skip this week's lesson if that makes sense to you. You can also change up your science or social studies curriculum if you feel that's what's needed. You know what's best for your family. Do what's right for you.

    (For whatever it's worth, I agree with AM - I'd be worried about what else I'd find objectionable as we continued along...)

    We're considering evolution as part of our Social Studies for this year, since there's a lot of history in learning about Darwin's life and times and the events that shaped his thinking. We're moving on from evolution to the development of humans/prehistory (also using BYL), then picking up ancient civilizations using units from Moving Beyond the Page. I haven't seen anything religious in any of the units I've bought so far, and I'm very relieved. Fingers crossed there are no unpleasant surprises ahead!

    We'll be using bits from the Big History Project to supplement. I agree with Solong that it's entirely secular - and free! We've found it to be a good add-on.

    Good luck figuring out what feels best for your family...

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    We are using History Quest by Pandia Press along with Build Your Library level 1 and I'm very happy with both. BYL utilizes SOTW which is disheartening but any section that brings biblical narratives in as fact I skip and if an explanation it's bedded I use Usborne s encyclopedia of ancient history or world history. I can do this because our use of BYL is primarily for literature not history. The best part is that both are reasonably priced, History Quest's textbook is available on Kindle and while the booklists can be exhaustive for BYL, 90% are available at the library or used for a fair price. Don't get disheartened, this had happened to all of us. All the best...G

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    I also thought that Oak Meadow was secular. So that is good to learn that it may not be.
    NZ homeschoolers (school year runs start Feb to mid Dec).
    DD 12 (year 7) and DD 7 (year 2).
    Fourth year homeschooling.
    Part-time freelance science copyeditor.

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