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Good news, homeschoolers, the options for secular homeschool curriculum are growing in leaps and bounds! In the following article, we break down your core curriculum and resource choices by style, age, and subject.
Before you scroll, bookmark this page! Curriculum will be updated annually, and your bookmark will direct you to the most current guide. Updated 8/14/2020
In the past few years, we have seen huge growth in the homeschool community. With that, the demand for more versatile and comprehensive secular curriculum has grown.
Now, we homeschoolers know a little about supply and demand. And I’m thrilled to share that as demand has grown, curriculum companies and a few very savvy homeschoolers have risen to the occasion.
But why are secular resources still so hard to find?!?
Searching for the Best Secular Homeschool Curriculum
I’m sure you’ve noticed that it take extra time to search out homeschool resources that are *actually* secular.
Finding these resources can be somewhat of a challenge. In an attempt to relieve some of the pressure, I’ve researched, summarized, and created the updated guide below for the best choices in core curriculum.
Secular Homeschool Curriculum
What does secular mean in this post?
✔ It means that the resources you find are free of religious references and scripture quotes.
✔ Science is science, including evolution. Not faith-neutral, either – actually secular science.
✔ Texts including language arts and history are secular, not created from a religious world-view.
✔ It means anyone can use these resources. Whether you’re religious, agnostic, atheist, spiritual but not religious, or just don’t really think about it that much.
Feel free to browse the categories below or scroll down to find the subject(s) you’re looking for. The curriculum and courses are presented in alphabetical order, and you can find links to our personal reviews and experiences where applicable.
You’ll find our top secular recommendations for core curriculum in this post!
Our top 5 are listed in each category:
- All-in-One Secular Homeschool Curriculum Programs
- Virtual Schools & Online Courses
- Reading & Phonics Programs
- Language Arts, Writing, & Grammar Programs
- Math Curricula
- Secular Science Programs
- Secular Social Studies & History Resources
Note: The following pages include secular resources and programs I’ve had the opportunity to use and review. But these are only our top picks.
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Secular Curriculum Publishers with All-Subject Homeschool Packages
The following publishers offer a range of curriculum from preschool to twelfth grade in a variety of subjects and all-in-one packages. It’s likely you’ve come across these large publishers and mid-level curriculum companies in your research.
Best Complete Open-and-Go Curriculum
Moving Beyond the Page
age 4-high school, literature based & hands-on
Offers nine full coursework packages for ages 4 through 14 which include all subjects: Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Math. You can also find stand-alone unit studies, and single-subject packages available.
MBtP was created with gifted child in mind, however your child does not have to be gifted to benefit from this program. The focus on creative and critical thinking, hands-on activities, and projects makes this curriculum both engaging and and enriching.
You’ll find that MBtP is both hands-on and open-and-go. How can that be? Full packages supply all the materials you need for the core subjects, including teacher’s guide, books, readers, manipulatives, access to online materials, and consumables (even down to the construction paper and popsicle sticks). You’ll have everything you need on-hand when you need it.
If the full package is out of your price range, you can also choose from a variety of more economical options such as online curriculum and printables, using your library rather than buying books, and purchasing only some or none of the consumable packages.
Another huge benefit is the flexibility of this program. You will be able to work at your child’s pace by choosing from a 9 month or year-round schedule and use placement tests to determine your child(ren)’s level in both language arts and math. If your child doesn’t fit into one level, that’s okay! Mix and match subjects to fit your child’s needs. With each level covering a range of ages, you may also be able to use one level for 2 or more children in one year.
We are using MBTP in our homeschool this year. Find out why & how to make this premium program more affordable for your family.
Best Secular Take on Charlotte-Mason
Build Your Library
K-12, Charlotte Mason inspired
BYL is a literature-based program that includes language arts, history, the arts, and science. Add your own math curriculum. They also offer stand-alone book-based, history, and science units including an evolution unit.
This is one of the very few secular programs offering a secular Charlotte Mason inspired approach. And it was the only one with a completed curriculum catalog including revised updates. Read our BYL kindergarten review here.
Best Secular Curriculum for Creative Kids
K-12, Waldorf-based holistic & exploratory
Oak Meadow provides a unique Waldorf-inspired approach to learning with an emphasis on creativity, exploration, and choice.
This program uses a specific sequence that assures developmentally appropriate activities for your child’s age – beginning with a gentle introduction to early academics and becoming more rigorous and challenging in the later grade.
OM offers both independent curriculum and a fully accredited online school. This is great for parents who begin teaching their child at home early on and want an accredited online school that offers a diploma in the upper grades. At all levels, OM offers tutoring, support, and placement guidance.
Best Start for Learning at Your Own Pace
math: preschool – prealgebra and test prep
language arts: ages 3-9, Montessori
Montessori inspired math and language arts curriculum with open-and-go guidance for parents. Shiller is a great place to start with young children, offering a unique multi-sensory, manipulative-heavy approach to both math and language arts.
True to the Montessori Method, Shiller kits are designed to cover a range of ages. For example, Math 1 covers pre-K – grade 3 and LA Kit A covers pre-K to grade 1. This makes it easier to meet your child(ren)’s unique needs and pace without purchasing multiple years of curriculum.
Best Affordable Approach to a Homeschool Lifestyle
pre-k through level 4, eclectic
Torchlight offers a secular Socratic approach to a traditional 36 week curriculum for that include language arts, social studies, and art with recommendations for reading and math programs (purchase separately).
Rather than designating a specific time for school, Torchlight encourages parents to weave learning into daily life – encouraging parents to break up learning throughout the day and incorporate learning into regular activities like running errands and bedtime stories.
Find more all-in-one programs in our 2020 Curriculum Guide.
5 Secular Virtual Schools & Online Resources
Online curriculum is a popular and convenient choice for many homeschool families. The following companies offer online homeschooling packages, virtual classroom, and face-to-face tutoring in a variety of subjects.
Most Individualized Option for your whole Family
K-12, individualized programs & distance learning for 6-12
Clonlara is a unique private school option for homeschoolers. Work with an advisor to develop a customized program based on your child’s interests for your homeschool according to your family’s needs and budget.
They offer everything from online learning to a more hands-off guidance & advisory roll to help you through the process of homeschooling.
You will find a variety of options that include:
In-person classes at their Ann Arbor, MI campus
Distance learning options for middle & high schoolers
Varying levels of advice, guidance, and oversight provided by teachers and administrators depending on your family’s needs
Clonlara has been a champion of homeschooling rights for years and can help you with designing a unique, full-circle approach for your children.
Best Classes for Progressive Thinkers
Secular, Eclectic, Academic (SEA) Online Classes
see this semester’s courses on the website, eclectic online
SEA offers a variety of unique project-based classes to enrich and support your child’s academic needs like chemistry, astronomy, and their teen & tween book clubs.
However, what sets SEA apart from other online schools is their interdisciplinary approach to current events and progressive thinking. You’ll find fun, classes like “Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse” as well as engaging, relevant courses that approach present-day events such as “Approaching Controversial Memorials” and intersectionality studies.
Best Option for Budget Conscious, Custom Curriculum
ages 3-18, virtual
You’ll find a huge variety of over 15,000 classes, small group courses, and online camps offered on Outschool. This platform is unique as teachers create their own courses and set their own prices. You can find classes to fit almost any budget here.
Outschool creates the opportunity for a very customizable curriculum with creative options based on interest, core classes, courses in the arts, coding, more than 11 languages and ASL.
With short-term options and no full-time commitment requirements, Outschool is a great place to explore electives to give your child an opportunity to try new things.
You will also find very targeted classes designed to help kids through challenging courses in the short-term. For example if your 4th grader is struggling with multiplication, you can enroll in “Multiplication Bootcamp.” If your high-schooler is struggling with writing a research paper, enroll in the IEW-Style “Writing a Research-based Essay course.”
Best Resource for College-bound Homeschoolers
Though this isn’t a curriculum recommendation, TPR provides essential resources for college-bound homeschoolers. These courses are especially valuable for homeschoolers looking to apply to elite schools and kids on the college path who struggle to show what they know under the pressure of standardized tests.
A long-time trusted publisher of test-prep materials, The Princeton Review now offers live, online tutoring for grades 6-12, homework help by subject, college admission test prep, subject-specific tutoring for SAT prep, and many other online courses to prepare for high-stakes testing through their website.
Princeton Review also offers college admissions assistance for high schoolers, grades 9-12. Students can meet with a college admissions counselor and an admissions coach to figure out their college path and ultimately find the right school.
Best Resource for One-on-one Tutoring
all ages, online
With over 3,000 subjects to choose from, Varsity Tutors offers virtual camps, one-on-one tutoring, live online classes, test prep tutoring, and a full virtual school day for students of all ages.
What makes this program unique is the ability to personalize your child’s online learning experience with 1:1 instruction and a personal tutor that can meet his/her needs.
Tutors specialize in everything from fluent Mandrin and dyslexia to advanced calculus and autism spectrum disorder – making this a great resource for advanced kids, kids with special needs, and advanced kids with special needs! As homeschoolers & parents, we know our kids don’t always fall into one category!!!
Over 30 options for online learning: 2020 Secular Curriculum Guide.
5 Secular Reading and Phonics Programs
Although there is some cross over between reading instruction and Language Arts, I pulled these programs out because of their targeted reading instruction.
Best Program for Hands-on Reading Instruction
All About Reading
pre-K – 3+, eclectic
AAR offers 4 levels for learning to read & language arts with a readiness checklist or placement test to determine your child’s level.
This is a great balance of an open-and-go program with a scripted teacher’s manual and engaging, hands-on activities for kids with manipulatives, cards, and app to support learning.
Check out why we picked AAR for learning to read!
Best Interactive Program
Hooked on Phonics
Integrated learn-to-read kits featuring video instruction, app, readers, and workbook practice. HoP is easy to teach for parents and fun to use for kids.
This trusted program has been teaching kids to read since 1987 with cassettes and VHS tapes. New kits still work very much in the same way – providing incremental phonics practice that builds skill and confidence as your child learns to read.
Note: We used this program in our homeschool and really enjoyed it. They have added videos and apps recently that make this solid program very engaging for young children.
Best Program for Kids who Struggle with Reading
Logic of English
ages 4-7, hands-on, learn-to-read & language arts
LoE offers reading, phonics, spelling, and handwriting instruction with scripted parent guide and open-and-go style. LoE is one of the few homeschool programs that caters specifically to children with dyslexia.
Foundations: with four levels for children 4-7, this program allows parents to adjust instruction and move at your child’s pace. This program covers phonics, reading, spelling, handwriting, composition, and grammar.
Essentials: is a wonderful program designed for children 8+ who are struggling with reading. If you have a struggling reader at 8, 9, or 10++ years old, you understand that materials created for little kids is not going to cut it. Essentials is a reading and language arts program that will allow you to differentiate the materials to meet your older child’s needs. This program covers handwriting, phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling, fluency, grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, and composition.
Rhythm of Handwriting: available in cursive and manuscript writing, this program includes multi-sensory learning, gross motor practice, and specific, concise instructions for practicing letter formation. This is invaluable approach for kids struggling with fine and gross motor skills.
As a side note, if you do not have a teaching background, or have a child who is struggling, or just want a structured program that does most of the work for you, I would highly recommend LOE.
Most Flexible Reading Supplement
Letter of the Week
pre-K – 2, worksheet based & cards
Introduce letters and cvc words with simple, straightforward print-and-go practice. Your child will learn essential letter sounds and blending, letter formation, rhyming, and work on fine motor skills with cut-and-paste, tracing, and mazes.
This pack includes multiple practice sheets for each letter – enough to be used over a period of 2 years of instruction and review of the entire alphabet. This allows parents to select sheets that are appropriate for each level of learning – from initial letter formation and recognition to matching rhymes and forming short words.
These can be used as a supplement to any phonics program for extra practice, or as practice sheets for parents who are gently introducing reading on their own through literature or letter-of-the week exploration.
Best Affordable Resources for Interest-Led Instruction
pre-K – 6, books & workbooks
Scholastic is a great place to start if you have a struggling or reluctant reader. Search for topics that will excite your child – interested kids are the most motivated!
Leveled Readers: Choose from a really nice variety of leveled reader series box sets to suit your child’s interests. A vast selection of fiction and non-fiction sets include:
First Little Readers
First Little Comics (even my toughest kid would read comics!)
Nonfiction Sight Word Readers
Guided Science Readers, and more.
Scholastic Phonics Workbooks:
Week by Week Phonics Packets
Extra Practice for Struggling Readers: Phonics
Early Learners Workbooks
Marvel and Star Wars Box sets!
Looking for more secular choices? 2020 Curriculum Guide
5 Secular Language Arts, Writing, and Grammar Programs
Most Cohesive Program for LA, Phonics, & Spelling
All About Spelling
roughly grades 1-7, eclectic
All About Spelling is a phonics-based learn-to-read, language arts, and spelling program with 7 flexible levels determined by an initial placement test.
AAS offers the ease of an open-and-go program for parents and engaging hands-on and interactive practice for kids. Program includes manipulatives, such as letter tiles and magnets, and an app.
In my opinion, the best thing about AAS is that it offers cohesive, continuous phonics and spelling instruction from primary to middle school. Many programs teach either phonics or spelling, and making a switch from one program to another can be difficult for both children and parents! AAS provides that continuity of instruction that kids, especially kids who struggle with reading, really need.
Best Online Supplement
Reading Eggs – Reading Eggs Junior – Reading Eggspress
ages 2-13, online games
Reading Eggs is an online game that will support your child from pre-reading ages through middle school. You’ll find interactive activities, games, songs, and over 2,000 ebooks in the included online library. These lessons feel like games, and are based on your child’s ability level – targeting that “just right” zone.
Junior (ages 2-4) targets pre-reading skills with read-alouds, alphabet games, and learning sounds and letters.
Reading Eggs (ages 3-7) supports learning-to-read with phonics, sight words, vocabulary, and spelling. Your child will be able to access a variety of books through the Reading Eggs library and start reading on their own.
Reading Eggspress (ages 7-13) gives your child the opportunity to access real books right on their level, improve spelling and comprehension, and play big kid games that keeps reading fun.
I first learned about Reading Eggs when I reviewed the games for a post. My kids loved it so much that we have been subscribers ever since! I absolutely saw an improvement in my kids’ reading skills – and their desire to read. Highly recommend. Read our first impressions here.
Most Fun Grammar Instruction for Kids
Your child completes missions as a Grammar Guardian when they enter the amazing world of Grammar Galaxy where learning, humor, and mystery meet!
An engaging curriculum created to motivate the most reluctant readers and writers. Beginning readers and intermediate students will both enjoy the short stories and fun activities included in this curriculum.
This curriculum works particularly well for families homeschooling multiple-aged children. You can use the placement test or start at the beginning to cover grammar content with all your kids at once.
*Note: you will see a dedication to God in these books, but rest assured the material and educational content is secular.
Best Literature-Based Unit Studies
Literary Adventures for Kids
preschool – 12, unit studies
Homeschool mom and former teacher, Dachelle McVey, has put together top-notch, engaging novel studies for children from preschool to high school. These resources give you the flexibility to follow your child’s interests with the convenience of an online curriculum.
I can’t say enough about these units. Dachelle goes above and beyond to offer a unique, captivating approach to literature. Check out the sample lessons and course previews to get a feeling for the type of experience your child will have.
Book Club: Choose from contemporary titles like Number the Stars and Wonder or classics such as Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird. Each novel study includes an easy-to-navigate online unit study which includes engaging hands-on activities, and lots of rabbit trails to follow!
Nature Book Club: Not your average nature studies! These book-based units have a unique take on nature. Your child will learn all about real-life weather while reading Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and have hands-on adventures indoors and out while learning about wildlife while reading The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush.
Poetry Courses: Get kids of all ages excited about poetry with Poetry Tea Time guides and Poetry and a Movie high school courses.
Membership Option: Dachelle also offers affordable membership options with a 7 day free trial period. Which is a really nice way to preview all of your unit options and get ready for the year!
Best Targeted Writing Instruction (that is still fun)
WriteShop Primary and Junior
5th Edition Levels I & II
grades 6-12, eclectic
An inspiring approach to writing curriculum that offers a placement quiz to pick the perfect fit for your child. On all levels, the focus is fun. Your child will approach writing in a unique, hands-on way. As this curriculum was written specifically for homeschoolers, you’ll find a flexible schedule and easy-to-implement lesson plans.
WriteShop Primary: parent guided curriculum for the primary grades k-3. You’ll introduce the writing and editing process gently and incrementally with daily activities that encourage your child to have fun and work at their own pace.
WriteShop Junior: this curriculum for older elementary students, grades 3-6, will guide you to teaching writing without tears. Confidence boosting lessons, games, and hands-on projects guide your child through the entire writing process.
WriteShop Level I & II: middle school/junior high & high school levels offer lovers of WriteShop the opportunity to continue using this flexible and creative curriculum through grade 12!
Your kids will continue to build a solid writing foundation and expand into advanced writing concepts with the use of graphic organizers, practical grammar application, and incremental lessons.
Need help teaching the upper grades? Find a Video Companion course for WriteShop I & II here.
Find our recommendations for the BEST APPS of 2020 on this post: 7 BEST Homeschool Apps that will Make Your Life Easier!
5 Secular Curriculum Choices for Homeschool Math
Most Fun & Motivating Math Curriculum
ages 4-14, online
Independent online math curriculum, programming, and problem solving skills that kids can complete independently right from the beginning. Smartick focuses on keeping lessons short (under 15 minutes) to keep the student’s attention.
This program has the look and feel of a game even though your child is actively learning. The gaming feel plus the short lessons make Smartick a great program for kids who need that extra motivation.
The interactive program personalizes instruction with AI technology, so your child’s learning experience is determined by their unique ability and pace. This keeps kids at the “just right” level, which prevents them from feeling frustrated because it’s too hard – or bored because it’s way too easy.
We have used this program and were very impressed. Read about our experience with Smartick here.
Best Online Program for Learning at Your Own Pace
Virtual math instruction that you can level up or down and pace to meet your child’s needs. With CTC Math, you have access to each grade level all at once. Grades are split into topics – geometry, algebra, subtraction, etc.
So if you have, on one hand, a kid who is flying through the lessons, let him fly! Lessons are short, and you can complete as many as needed to satisfy your child’s urge to math!
On the other hand if you have a kid who is struggling, you can go back a year, or two, or three, and target the specific skills s/he needs to get back on track – without buying another year of curriculum or re-doing the whole school year.
We have used this and enjoyed it! Find our full review here.
Best Hands-on Approach to Math
Right Start Math
grades 1-8 with placement test, hands-on
Right Start has developed a research-based math program that focuses on kinesthetic and visual learning with manipulatives including the AL Abacus. This hands-on program is great for both students who struggle and those who excel.
Using manipulatives and games make math more engaging than struggling through repetitive memorization exercises, and while enjoying their math lessons, your child will develop more solid number sense and a deeper understanding of each concept.
Right Start offers 8 levels for elementary and middle school students, high school algebra and geometry DVD programs, and live online courses for levels G and H (check the website for current course schedule).
Right Start offers printed, spiral bound or eWorkbooks and manipulative packs for each level. Please note: you only need to purchase one manipulative set for the first six levels (A to F) and a separate, smaller set for levels G and H. You do not need to repurchase each year. These manipulatives are reusable from child to child and year to year.
Best Combination for Budget-friendly Math Curriculum
Khan Academy is free online software that delivers virtual instruction and online practice. They have a variety of classes available, but really excel, in my opinion, is math.
With Khan, you can select any grade level to begin. From there you can follow the standard outline of lessons or select a specific topic. Complete the lessons and take a quiz.
In my experience, online instruction and practice is great, but kids also need to put pencil to paper and practice solving problems off the screen. That’s where Evan Moor comes in. The Math Fundamentals and Daily Math Practice workbooks align with the same skills taught on Khan and are available in workbook or printable ebook format.
These two companies together, with a little oversight from you, make a very thorough, affordable curriculum. This will take a little more planning – to be sure that each day’s lesson and worksheet are aligned. However if you’re on a budget, that means a full math curriculum for around $20.
Best Affordable Math Curriculum that You Don’t Teach
grades 2-high school, online
TT is a complete online math courses for roughly grades 2 and up. Use a placement test to determine your starting level. They offer a unique, affordable solution for parents who want to outsource higher-level math.
TT uses pre-recorded videos and a reward system to deliver instruction and engage children. Using TT is as easy as opening the program and clicking on the next day’s lesson. Kids follow along, practice the skill, and take assessments throughout the course, which covers one year of instruction. Parents can check in to see scores and/or print coordinating worksheets (with answer pages) when needed.
This is the most affordable, hands-off solution for working parents or parents teaching multiple children. It requires very little oversight and can be done completely independently – and costs a lot less than online tutoring or enrolling in a year-long online class.
Note: My son used this in 2nd grade and really enjoyed it. However, I would only recommend this system if your child is generally on or above level in math. Find our review on this post.
Fractions are hard enough without explaining Proverbs…
2020 Secular Homeschool Curriculum Guide
5 Secular Science Programs
Also check out our all-subject and online lists for individual science courses.
Coolest Curriculum Delivered to Your Door
ages 5-16, hands-on & virtual
A fantastic subscription option for families or co-op parents/teachers who are looking for a convenient way to deliver engaging, hands-on science instruction. These are fully comprehensive units that include step-by-step directions, material kits, and virtual reality lessons.
(1) Mel Chemistry, ages 10-16, a hands-on chemistry curriculum featuring 3 experiments per month (materials delivered to you) and includes a virtual reality headset and VR lessons through their app.
(2) MEL Physics ages 8+, physics experiments and virtual reality lessons form a complete hands-on+interactive curriculum. Your child will assemble their own devices including a radio, motor, and projector.
(3) MEL Kids science kits, ages 5-10, can be used as a hands-on science curriculum or supplement with access to virtual reality lessons.
We are trying out physics, and I can’t wait until it gets here!!
Best Affordable Science for Interest-Led Studies
Janice VanCleve’s “For Every Kid Series”
elementary – middle school, hands-on
This paperback series includes hands on experiments, activities, and projects that will help your child dig deep into biology, constellations, physics, nutrition, and more. An excellent, affordable resource to use with interest-led science studies.
These books are a great jumping off point for unit studies and can easily be flipped into a curriculum by expanding on the topics with library books, videos, and online research.
Most Popular Secular Science Overall
Real Science Odyssey, Pandia Press
grades 1-6, text based
RSO offers two levels with a variety of courses, fully covering your secular science curriculum needs. RSO is a great choice for parents looking for an affordable option that combines text-based learning with hands-on activities in the early level, and more independent learning in the upper grades.
The courses are somewhat flexible, often covering 3 grade levels or more, which makes it easy to teach multiple children who are close in age together.
Level 1: Elementary courses focus on Life, Earth & Space, and Earth and Environment for grades 1-4. While grades 2-6 feature Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy.
Level 2: Middle to High School courses biology and astronomy target 5th and 6th grades but can be used to combine lessons through grade 10.
This is our choice for Science Curriculum this year!
Best Science Program for your Co-op Classes
K-5, hands-on & interactive
Hands-on science and experiments is one thing that a lot of families choose to outsource. Not everyone is super psyched to order owl pellets, know what I mean? So if you’re working with a co-op or homeschool group to deliver elementary science instruction, be sure to take a close look at this one.
Developed by teachers and aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Mystery Science offers a low-prep, hands-on science option perfect group instruction. And, if you are using this for your own homeschool family exclusively, Mystery Science offers free units to get you started.
Best Nature-based Homeschool Program
THiNK OUTSiDE BOXES
ages 7 and up, hands-on and experiential
Monthly nature-based lessons for every season, appropriate for ages 7 and up.However after reviewing these kits, I feel younger children would be thrilled to follow along with an older sibling or additional parent guidance. View the homeschool curriculum map here.
These boxes offer a variety of activities and include materials that can be used over and over again. Homeschool curriculum includes STEM, creativity, critical and strategic thinking, lessons in empathy, outdoor life skills, and a huge variety of hands-on activities. *We were very impressed with this science subscription, read our full review.
More actually secular science here: 2020 Secular Curriculum Guide
5 Secular History & Social Studies Resources
Also check out our all-subject and online lists for individual social studies programs and history based language arts.
Best Secular Program for the 4-year History Cycle
History Odyssey by Pandia Press
grades 1-12, text & hands-on
Pandia is a favorite of secular homeschoolers. They offer engaging, academically focused materials that can be used with multiple children across similar grade levels.
Level 1, grades 1-6 (History Odyssey and NEW History Quest) engages students with hands-on activities including timelines, maps, crafts, art, and cooking projects. These levels include a full text of narrative-based history curriculum that provide a full year of instruction each: Early Times, Middle Ages, Early Modern, and Modern Times.
Level 2, grades 5-9 will transition students to learning more independently with a focus on logical thinking and investigating different view points. The four year curriculum includes Ancients, Middle Ages, Early Modern, and Modern Times which build on the foundation created with level 1.
Level 3, grades 9-12 is still in development, however the first two years, Ancients and Middle Ages is available now. In the high school years, this curriculum takes on developing a thesis, analyzing events in history and forming a persuasive argument, classic literature, and research projects.
Best Resource Cross-Curricular Social Studies
6-11, cross-curricular hands on
This subscription box is a cross-curricular study of geography, social studies, art, and STEM. Your child will learn citizenship and appreciation for other cultures as they explore with hands-on discovery projects.
Most Affordable & Flexible Elementary Program
Secular Timeline & Geologic Timescale + Usborne Encyclopedia
elementary grades, text
Build your own time scale and secular book of centuries with this printable timeline package based on the chapters from the Usborne Encyclopedia of World History. Timeline features exact, measurable time scales on each page, CE and BCE notations, and full history from 4,500Ma to the present.
These two resources are a great place to start your history exploration – either from the beginning of time or at any time in history that interests your child. Throw a in a library card, and you’ve got all the resources you need to provide 4-5 years of elementary history and a strong history foundation that can be built up through deeper investigations in middle school.
Most Fun with Worksheets (not kidding)
Giant American History Timeline
Sunflower Education is a publisher of a unique text-workbook hybrid that incorporates a ton of engaging, hands-on learning. We really enjoyed the hands-on American history timeline curriculum, read our review here. You can also find geography, world history, and more topics from Sunflower Education.
Best Secular Character & Community Curriclum
A secular program focused on mindset and character growth with topics such as attention, gratitude, empathy, and connection to your community. You can find information for using the program at home on the Mind Up website. Curriculum resources available on Amazon and Scholastic.
Bonus Resource for Your Homeschool Records!
Our answer to over-planning and overthinking your homeschool schedule. This is a simple, no fuss solution that combines planning and record keeping. An efficient tracking system that will keep you organized and on track all year.
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Looking for hands-on? Specific grade levels? App or online-based programs? It’s all here, organized efficiently so you can find the curriculum that will best fit your child.
From Secular Preschool Curriculum to College Prep!
Imagine what it would feel like to be able to zoom through a simple guide an find everything you need for each of your children in minutes rather than hours.
No matter if you are homeschooling your preschooler to prepping for SATs this year, you will find it in our Secular Homeschool Curriculum Guide.
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Ashley helps parents who want to homeschool find the resources they need to successfully teach their children. Ashley is a former teacher, current homeschooler, published author, and designer behind Circle Time with Miss Fox printables as well as the creator of this website, The Homeschool Resource Room.