Secular Science for Homeschoolers

 
Secular science for #homeschool

 

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.

R.E.A.L Science Odyssey

One subject per year.  It has labs that support what you learn.  It looks like a good solid program.

N.E.O science

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.

Saxon options

Holt McDougal is extremely well-known.  Solid.  Expensive.

Focus on middle school science

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.

 

Lisa
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  1. As a creationist, you may be surprised to learn thatI have only used creation based science curriculum with my kids a few times.
    Science is wonderful. Curiosity, asking questions, experimentation, discovering, exploring. It’s fantastic.
    There are so many options to teach science. I think as long as we embrace the wonder of it all, and explore the various arenas of science, then our kids are well serves.
    Sure, I teach my kids from a Biblical world view, but we fully embrace the “wonder of science” along the way.
    I think it is so important to teach kids to think, to learn, to ask questions. Science is wonderful for that reason.

    Thank you for sharing the list of resources!
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    • Both my hubby and I have advanced degrees in science. It’s important to understand what proper controls are, to be able to know when an experiment is real, and to know if the results are valid or not.

      If they want to become scientists or doctors, or mathematicians, I think it’s important that they get the correct information from the beginning. This way, they won’t have to relearn everything from the beginning. And if they don’t, they will have a good base and a firm grasp of the correct scientific method.

      Overall, we believe this is the best way to prepare them for whatever future they want. Especially since science and technology is the future globally.
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  2. Why do I only see typos after a comment is posted?
    Lol.
    Forgive the mistakes.
    I’m still on my first cup of coffee:)
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  3. We are using focus on middle school this year. Great options. I will bookmark this for later.
    Blessings, Dawn

  4. Good options for homeschooling science!
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  5. This is great! I’m always on the look out for secular Science programs. Thanks so much!

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