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2020 Secular Homeschool Curriculum Guide

Secular homeschool curriculum guide for parents. Find secular options for online, text, and book base courses in language arts, math, science, history and more! #secularhomeschooling #secularhomeschool #homeschoolcurriculum

Secular Homeschool Math Curriculum

AoPS Academy (Art of Problem Solving)
grades 2-12, online or text-based
Offers educational resources for motivated students! With books, classes and other online resources available, the focus is developing the skills students need to become successful, creative problem solvers.

Beast Academy
ages 8-13, book and online options
Comic book based advanced math instruction for kids 8-13. Book and online, interactive programs available.

CTC Math
K-12, online
Online math program for K-12. This is great for kids that need to learn at their own pace as you have access to all grade levels which are organized by topic. We have used this and enjoyed it! Find our full review here.

Math Mammoth
grades 1-7, textbook/workbook based
Low-prep, mastery focused math curriculum focused on mental math and conceptual understanding.

Miquon Math Lab Materials
grades 1-3, hands-on
Guided lessons focused on engaging young learners with tactile materials to help them develop strong conceptual understanding.

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.

Singapore Math
pre-K-8, based on the Singapore Method
Singapore is a structured, effective system of understanding math concepts taking children from hands-on through visual and mental math to develop a deeper understanding of each concept.

Smartick
ages 4-14, online

Independent online math, 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.

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.

Smartick can be used as your base math curriculum, however the short lessons and personalized instruction make it the perfect supplement. This program has the look and feel of a game even when your child is actively learning.

We have used this program and were very impressed. Read about our experience with Smartick here.

Teaching Textbooks
grades 2-high school, online
Complete online math courses for roughly grades 2 and up. Placement test is given to set the initial level. *Note: My son has used this and really enjoyed it. Find our review on this post.

Themeville Math
k-4, workbook and hands-on
Provides daily lessons with equal parts review and new concepts with four levels with a 130-day instructional year.


Secular Science Programs

Also check out our all-subject and online lists for individual science courses.

Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding
grades K-8, hands-on and experiential
Integrated science curriculum focused on observation and hands-on experience. This curriculum focuses on developing scientific thinking, logic, and developing understanding with real world experiences.
Volume I, Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
Volume II, Grades 3-5
Volume III, Grades 6-8

Classic Science Curriculum, Mr. Q
elementary-high school, text based
High school science including (free) Life Science, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physical Science, Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Biology, Advanced Earth Science, Advanced Physical Science.

MEL Science – subscription based curriculum
ages 5-16, hands-on

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 lessons that include step-by-step directions, material kits, and virtual reality lessons.

(1) Mel Science, 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 Kids science kits, ages 5-10, can be used as a chemistry curriculum or a hands-on science supplement with access to virtual reality lessons.

(3) MEL Lite is an ongoing “lite” version that features a unique monthly chemistry experiment and includes virtual reality lessons through the app.

Mystery Science
K-5, hands-on & interactive
Developed by teachers and aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Mystery Science offers a low-prep, hands-on science option perfect for co-op classes, charters, and homeschoolers.
If you are using this for your own homeschool family exclusively, Mystery Science offers free units to get you started.

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.

Science Through Nature
grades 2-5, experiential
This nature-based science curriculum will take your child on an adventure to a fictional nature preserve, quests around your area, and on many fun indoor and outdoor adventures! Year-long curriculum is geared toward grades 2-5 but can also be used with younger children.

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.


Secular Social Studies & History

Also check out our all-subject and online lists for individual social studies programs and history based language arts.

Curiosity Chronicles
grades 1-6
Book based secular history program for elementary students with a global perspective including culture, art, scientific, and political history.

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.

WorldView Software
grades 9-12
Digital textbook series covering high school history, geography, government, civics, and economics.


Table of Contents:
[1] Finding *Actually* Secular Options
[2] Publishers with All Subject Packages
[3] Online Curriculum and Courses
[4] Reading and Language Arts
[5] Math, Science, and Social Studies
[6] Foreign Language and the Arts

[7] Preschool & Additional Resources & Supplements
[8] Notes and Contact Information