We are not creationists, and it’s important that we use curriculum that support our beliefs. While in phonics, literature, and math – it’s not so important, science and history – very important.
Believe it or not, it’s difficult to find science curricula that’s not creationist based. As homeschoolers diversify, it’s important that the options catch up with the times. Homeschooling is on the rise – and, guess what? People aren’t just homeschooling for religious reasons. It’s not only creationists who are homeschooling. There are more and more non-creationist Christians, Christians who don’t want a religious based curriculum, atheists, and families from other religions backgrounds homeschooling. It’s time for the curriculum to evolve (for lack of a better word).
Here is a list of a few secular science curricula that I considered for my middle school homeschooler.
All of these have a good solid program, and not just fluff, that give a solid introduction into more advance science.
Secular Science for Middle School
Time for learning science in middle school
This an online based program. It has a $20 monthly fee, with an additional $15 per month fee for each child. It’s expensive, but offers a good comprehensive middle school science introduction. Then, you can move into more in-depth Chemistry, Physics, and biology in subsequent years.
One subject per year. It has labs that support what you learn. It looks like a good solid program.
This is one subject per year. They offer Chemistry, Biology and Physics at 3 different levels which correspond to your child’s reading level. Level 1 is not a prerequisite for level 2. But the books don’t correspond. So a level one and a level two wouldn’t be learning the same thing. But a level one could listen in and participate with a level two, depending on your kids.
Holt McDougal is extremely well-known. Solid. Expensive.
One subject per year. Less expensive.
I am hoping this gives you ideas on solid programs that offer labs that you can do at home. All come with teachers manuals (minus the online course), so if you are afraid of science, it’s still easy to teach.
I would love to hear what you have used successfully as your prepare your homeschooler for college.