Artistic Pursuits

Entry ID176

Is this item secular?

Yes

http://www.artisticpursuits.com/

Price

47.95

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Unknown

Basic Structure
  • Print
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • All Grade Levels
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • All Grade Levels
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

No

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Thus far we have seen mostly white male artists as the featured artists.

Is this product:
  • Independent
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • Reading/Writing
  • Visual
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

NA

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

No

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

Yes

Additional Comments

Designed for homeschoolers, this series runs from pre-K to high school. Most of the books focus on 2-D visual arts, but there is a sculpture series as well. As a former art student, I feel this series is well done, with an emphasis on classic art components and technique, and much room for creative expression as well. Each unit features a painting (in the upper elementary years the focus is on American art, I believe it is world art in the middle/high school years) with some analysis and further info on the artist and the times they lived and worked in. The curriculum calls for a not-too large array of nice-quality drawing materials, which you can buy on your own or purchase one of their kits. My artistically gifted son really enjoys this curriculum. We're on our third book, and I have not seen any religious content whatsoever. There are evaluative tools as well, if you feel you need them as a parent. The books are $47.95 each new, though I have been able to find them used, and you need about one per year (there are multiple books in each series, which are labeled roughly according to early elementary, upper elementary, middle, and high, with one book for preschoolers). (Note, in my reference to "lab components" below, I am referencing the art assignments, most of which result in complete finished works.)

What did you think of it?4

What did your children think of it?5 - Loved it

Build Your Library

Entry ID130

Is this item secular?

Yes

www.buildyourlibrary.com

Price

30

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

No

Basic Structure
  • Digital Media
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • All Grade Levels
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • All Grade Levels
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

Yes

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Child-Led
  • Collaborative
  • Independent
  • Project-Based
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • Unknown
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

No

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

Yes

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

Yes

Additional Comments

Wonderful open and go lesson plans packed with great literature!

What did you think of it?4

What did your children think of it?4

Entry ID133

Is this item secular?

Yes

http://buildyourlibrary.com/

Price

45

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Unknown

Basic Structure
  • Digital Media
  • Online
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • Early Elementary
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

Yes

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Child-Led
  • Classical
  • Collaborative
  • Independent
  • Project-Based
  • Unschooling
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • All Types of Learners
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
  • Enrichment
  • Extended
  • Supplemental
  • Unit Study
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

Yes

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

Yes

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

Yes

Additional Comments

Build Your Library: Secular Literature Based Homeschool Curriculum and Educational Products

I currently use the Core Knowledge Sequence, but I found out about Build Your Library. If I weren't already doing CK, I would use BYL! I compared the 8th grade BYL to the CK 8th grade and I decided to stay with CK. But perhaps for 9th grade! I was impressed by the BYL, so I did purchase the WWII Unit as well as the Timeline, (Book of Centuries) and the Timeline Figures. I love timelines and I still have not found one that clicked with me, until now!
It is Charlotte Mason 'inspired' but modern and SECULAR!!!! I looked into CM style when I first started HSing and I found the Ambleside program, but it wasn't secular or modern enough for me. BYL utilizes modern and secular literature and is not as old fashioned.

They have K-9 and several Unit Studies, plus the Timeline and also Narration cards, which I also bought. If you’re wondering if Build Your Library is the right program for you, look through their book list and see. They also have samples on their website and they have a Facebook Group group for 'users', and they have ones for each grade and middle school: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1423657587900276/

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?5 - Loved it

Entry ID212

Is this item secular?

Yes

Buildyourlibrary.com

Price

35

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Unknown

Basic Structure
  • Digital Media
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Early Elementary
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • Early Elementary
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

Yes

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Classical
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • Unknown
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

No

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

Yes

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

Yes

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?5 - Loved it

Discovery K12

Entry ID136

Is this item secular?

Yes

www.discoveryk12.com

ISBN or UPC

0

Price

0

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

No

Basic Structure
  • Online
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • All Grade Levels
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

Yes

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Child-Led
  • Independent
  • Instructor Driven
  • Project-Based
  • Unschooling
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • All Types of Learners
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
  • Enrichment
  • Extended
  • Supplemental
  • Unit Study
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

No

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

Yes

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

Yes

Additional Comments

I recommend this 'All-In-One' Online Curriculum for so many reasons. It is perfect for people who wish to leave public online schools, like K12 but who do like the format and concept of online schholing. This is different because it is not an accredited state program. You would still send your 'notice of intent to homeschool' letter to your district and still do a yearly assessment, )if your state requires that). It is also not common core. It is an easy to use, online curriculum for preK-12 and it has electives and it is all at your own pace; and, it's FREE! I think it is perfect for parents looking to independently homeschool with complete flexibility and with a little structure.
DK12 is a flexible program that allows parents to use all or parts of the curriculum with full control over the instruction. Not affiliated with public school, you may use it any way you like: part time, full time, or supplement, all at your own pace!

The seven standard courses are Language Arts, Reading/Literature, Math, Science, History/Social Studies, Visual/Performing Arts, and Physical Education. Electives include Spanish, HTML Coding, Healthy Living, and Personal Finance.

*From their website:
- Over 16,000 Lessons
- Weekly Spelling Program with digital quiz
- Quizzes and Tests in Science and History/Social Studies
- Grading and Reporting tools
- Classic Literature eBooks library
- Non-Common Core, secular
- Fun and Easy-to-Use
- Optional Parent/Teacher Account

We like the clean easy online format. Perfect for those who dislike visually cluttered screens and overstimulation. The easy navigation is like a blog. and if you have ever tried and online public school, you know how the navigation is like a nightmare of links and tabs! There are no games or animation. My daughter can do it all by herself on the days that I am at work and I get an email of what she has done at the end of the day!
Check out this 'Sample Student Account' http://discoveryk12.com/dk12/seventh-grade-sample-account/
they also have a Facebook Page and a Facebook Group.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?5 - Loved it

Global Village School

Entry ID193

Is this item secular?

Yes

http://www.globalvillageschool.org

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

No

Basic Structure
  • Print
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • All Grade Levels
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • All Grade Levels
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

Yes

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Child-Led
  • Collaborative
  • Independent
  • Instructor Driven
  • Project-Based
  • Unschooling
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • All Types of Learners
  • Reading/Writing
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

No

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

No

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

Yes

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

Yes

Additional Comments

The Global Village School (GVS) curriculum is a social justice / environmentally- focused curriculum. It is primarily a list of resources with a variety of suggestions on how to facilitate learning. It encourages project-based, child-guided learning. The book suggestions include age-appropriate books on multiple topics including, myths, religion, and sexuality (including LGBT issues). GVS provides a variety of ways to approach topics, but they do not provide worksheets nor daily lessons. This allows the parent to be as structures or unstructured as they like. GVS also has a school program separate from the curriculum, that can provide records of enrollment, as well as teacher support for the family. *Note that this review covers the K-8 curriculum guides. High school is a separate program.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?4

The Core Knowledge Sequence Guide for PK - 8th

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What Your 6th Grader Needs to Know

Entry ID131

Is this item secular?

Yes

http://www.coreknowledge.org/

ISBN or UPC

9780385337328

Price

18

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Unknown

Basic Structure
  • Print
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Early Elementary
  • Elementary
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • Early Elementary
  • Elementary
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

Yes

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Child-Led
  • Classical
  • Collaborative
  • Independent
  • Unschooling
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • All Types of Learners
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
  • Extended
  • Supplemental
  • Unit Study
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

It had been adapted to meet common academic standards

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

No

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

Yes

Additional Comments

My daughter and I both loved the 'What your 6th Grader Needs to Know' book from the series K-6th.
It is a detailed synopsis of specific content and skills to be taught in language arts, history, geography, math, science, and arts. The curriculum is completely secular, and was designed to meet the Common Core Standards. I got mine at my library. We read the whole book, cover to cover after having wasted a year in an online public school. My daughter rushed through it to complete assesments, but did not retain much. This can be used for unschoolers, and for those who wish to accomplish 'grade level' work. This is perfect for creating your own MODERN, SECULAR version of Charlotte Mason inspired education.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?5 - Loved it

Virtual Homeschool Group

Entry ID134

Is this item secular?

Yes

www.virtualhomeschoolgroup.org

Price

0

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Unknown

Basic Structure
  • Live
  • Online
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • All Grade Levels
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

They offer individual subjects

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

They are secular unless otherwise marked.

Is this product:
  • Child-Led
  • Independent
  • Instructor Driven
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • All Types of Learners
Comprehensiveness
  • Enrichment
  • Extended
  • Supplemental
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

No

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

No

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

Yes

Additional Comments

Virtual Homeschool Group offeres many subjects. We used it for math. They offer free, online clases at virtualhomeschoolgroup.org. It's 'at-your-own-pace' and is easily navigable, which is really great for teaching motivation, independent thinking and extra great if you are working out of the home or working with other children.

They use Saxon Math textbooks. With Saxon Math, previously learned concepts are continually reviewed, and assessment is frequent and cumulative. At each grade level, math concepts are introduced, reviewed, and practiced over time in order to move students from understanding to fluency.

Virtual Homeschool Group is 100% volunteer-run. They have live Lessons, which fill up right away, and at your own pace (AYOP) recorded lectures where you set your own speed, all with course outlines, assignments and quizzes. All your tests are graded and grades are recorded for you. They have curriculum core classes and electives and student and family helps. *You just have to buy the textbook. I found a used one on Amazon.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?5 - Loved it