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

History At Our House

Entry ID114

Is this item secular?

Yes

https://historyatourhouse.com/

Price

220

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Yes

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

One could add literature related to the time period studied, or teach geography along with the history being studied.

Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • Auditory
  • 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?

The material would exceed anything covered on Common Core.

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

Mr. Powell is an enthusiastic and engaging historian and teacher who offers a wide range of options for homeschoolers. Most importantly, he knows how to deliver to the student so the learner walks away with a strong understanding of how ideas shaped the world. The students also learn to take a body of facts and learn to name periods in a way that help them to mentally hold history in a conceptual manner. This type of thinking is empowering.

My junior high and high school boys participated in the live online classes or used the recordings for the following courses: European History, American History, Ancient History, US Government, and Asian History. M, Tu, and W the boys listened to lectures, looked at visuals, answered questions during class, took notes, did facts practice quizzes, wrote summaries for every major period covered, took tests, and completed a research paper (US Gov). On Thursdays Mr. Powell taught History Through Art, which was a nice break from the usual fare while also providing a different experience for understanding history. History at Our House was one of our favorite experiences homeschooling, and I am so grateful for having had the opportunity to have my sons work with such a talented individual.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

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

Entry ID126

Is this item secular?

Yes

https://historyatourhouse.com/

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Unknown

Basic Structure
  • Digital Media
  • Live
  • Online
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High 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:
  • Independent
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • Auditory
  • Reading/Writing
  • Visual
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
  • Enrichment
  • Supplemental
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

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

My son adored the History At Our House series! He mastered the material and has kept the knowledge so powerfully that he breezes through his current, conventional history classes at a record pace and with great ease. After six years (twice through the three year rotation), he felt comfortable enough with Ancient, European, and American history to consider the core story mastered for life. He hasn't engaged in the high school level classes, but I have audited them and seen how Mr. Powell brings in current events. He's constantly engaging the students at their level of values and it's amazing how much fun the kids have. It's a joyful classroom and the knowledge sticks! He now offers single lecture "Big Picture History" classes on Outschool.com for free, so it's easy to check out and see if his approach is a match for your family.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

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

History Odyssey - Ancients - Level 1

Entry ID177

Is this item secular?

Yes

http://www.pandiapress.com/publications/history-odyssey/

Price

46.00

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Yes

Basic Structure
  • Print
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Early 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?

No

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Better than most materials but still lacks a strong enough focus on cultures without a written history.

Is this product:
  • Classical
  • Collaborative
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • Auditory
  • 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

Really great curriculum but the book suggestions are outdated and hard to find (even from the library). The main books used focus strongly on cultures with a written history, lacking information on other cultures. The project suggestions were good and enjoyable.

What did you think of it?4

What did your children think of it?4

History Odyssey - Middle Ages - Level 1

Entry ID114

Is this item secular?

Yes

https://historyatourhouse.com/

Price

220

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Yes

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

One could add literature related to the time period studied, or teach geography along with the history being studied.

Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • Auditory
  • 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?

The material would exceed anything covered on Common Core.

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

Mr. Powell is an enthusiastic and engaging historian and teacher who offers a wide range of options for homeschoolers. Most importantly, he knows how to deliver to the student so the learner walks away with a strong understanding of how ideas shaped the world. The students also learn to take a body of facts and learn to name periods in a way that help them to mentally hold history in a conceptual manner. This type of thinking is empowering.

My junior high and high school boys participated in the live online classes or used the recordings for the following courses: European History, American History, Ancient History, US Government, and Asian History. M, Tu, and W the boys listened to lectures, looked at visuals, answered questions during class, took notes, did facts practice quizzes, wrote summaries for every major period covered, took tests, and completed a research paper (US Gov). On Thursdays Mr. Powell taught History Through Art, which was a nice break from the usual fare while also providing a different experience for understanding history. History at Our House was one of our favorite experiences homeschooling, and I am so grateful for having had the opportunity to have my sons work with such a talented individual.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

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

Entry ID126

Is this item secular?

Yes

https://historyatourhouse.com/

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Unknown

Basic Structure
  • Digital Media
  • Live
  • Online
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High 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:
  • Independent
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • Auditory
  • Reading/Writing
  • Visual
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
  • Enrichment
  • Supplemental
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

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

My son adored the History At Our House series! He mastered the material and has kept the knowledge so powerfully that he breezes through his current, conventional history classes at a record pace and with great ease. After six years (twice through the three year rotation), he felt comfortable enough with Ancient, European, and American history to consider the core story mastered for life. He hasn't engaged in the high school level classes, but I have audited them and seen how Mr. Powell brings in current events. He's constantly engaging the students at their level of values and it's amazing how much fun the kids have. It's a joyful classroom and the knowledge sticks! He now offers single lecture "Big Picture History" classes on Outschool.com for free, so it's easy to check out and see if his approach is a match for your family.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

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

IXL Learning

Entry ID137

Is this item secular?

Yes

www.ixl.com/

ISBN or UPC

0

Price

79

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Unknown

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
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?

No

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

No

Additional Comments

IXL is a standards-aligned, online content for K-12 math, K-12 language arts, 2-5 science, and 2-5 social studies. Compete with friends, earn awards and learn on the go with mobile apps. If they'd much rather be playing on the computer, they'll enjoy interacting with IXL's diverse practice formats and competing with friends to earn medals and awards. IXL's mobile apps make learning easy on the go! Read their membership FAQ for details. https://www.ixl.com/help-center/Family-memberships/552370

Analytics allow you to follow your children's practice sessions. See what skills children are practicing, identify potential trouble spots, review missed questions together, and track their progress as they improve.

IXL has some printable materials. They are mostly for classrooms, but homeschoolers might find some useful. There are goals posters, and customizable certificates, but I like the grade progress charts. Track students progress throughout the year. Print these handy charts in a binder or bulletin board to fill in with stickers, or keep them for your own records and mark the boxes as they conquer skills.

All IXL memberships provide unlimited access to every grade level available on the site for the subject(s) in your subscription. Pricing for a single-subject family membership starts at $9.95/month or $79/year for one child. Each additional child costs $4/month or $40/year. *Search on Facebook for discount 'group buys'.
There is not a timed trial, but to get a feel for an IXL subject, you can try 10 free questions per day. https://www.ixl.com/ela/
There is an ‘UNOFFICIAL’ Facebook Group for users of IXL Learning, "IXL Learning Lounge"

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

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

SHEG - Stanford History Education Group

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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