Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding

Entry ID209

Is this item secular?

Yes

http://www.pressforlearning.com

ISBN or UPC

1432706101

Price

25

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Unknown

Basic Structure
  • Digital Media
  • Print
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Early Elementary
  • 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?

Unsure

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

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

Yes

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

Unsure

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

Real, meaty science you rarely see at these grades but presented in a very accessible way. It lays out how to teach but gives you a lot of flexibility to choose from projects and approaches that work for you and to go down rabbit holes or speed through known info.

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

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

Next Level Homeschool - Marine Biology 101

Entry ID142

Is this item secular?

Yes

Next Level Homeschool

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Unknown

Basic Structure
  • Online
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Middle School
  • High School
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • 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
  • Instructor Driven
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • Auditory
  • Kinesthetic
  • Visual
Comprehensiveness
  • Unit Study
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

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

Other

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

Entry ID143

Is this item secular?

Yes

nextlevelhomeschool.com

Basic Structure
  • Online
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • High School
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • 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
  • Instructor Driven
  • Project-Based
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • All Types of Learners
Comprehensiveness
  • Unit Study
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

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

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

REAL Science Odyssey - Chemistry - Level 1

Entry ID161

Is this item secular?

Yes

http://www.pandiapress.com/

Price

48

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Yes

Basic Structure
  • Digital Media
  • Print
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • 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?

Yes

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

There are worksheets the students complete, but no recommended grading structure or rubric

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

We have really liked the Real Science Odyssey program (we've done Life Science level 1 in the past and are planning on continuing with other levels in the future)! The labs are engaging and my kids find them interesting. I do have to write the information for some of my children, but that is due to their lack of wanting to write, not due to the program itself (there isn't much writing overall). I like that there are additional books recommended, though I do wish the books were easier to find and more modern (in general I've had to find most of them in obscure places on the internet to purchase). I wish there were more video or website recommendations.

What did you think of it?4

What did your children think of it?4

REAL Science Odyssey - Earth & Space

Entry ID153

Is this item secular?

Yes

pandia Press

ISBN or UPC

9780976605737

Price

60

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Yes

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
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • All Types of Learners
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

It is a wonderful program with many hands on experiments . All materials are easy to obtain and inexpensive. There are additional readings recommended in the beginning of the book. The topics gave us ideas to branch off of too.
My son has ADHD, dyselxia, and dyacalculia and he was ale to handle this program well. So much was hands on which is perfect for t
His challenges and I was able to read anywhere he needed help and write for him if need be. It is for grades 1 to 4 according to the company. My son is in 2nd and we add on materials to dive deeper. I think I would only recommend 4th if you plan on using a lot of add ons.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

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

REAL Science Odyssey - Life

Entry ID152

Is this item secular?

Yes

http://www.pandiapress.com/publications/real-science-odyssey/life-level-one/

Price

68

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?

No

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Collaborative
  • Independent
  • Instructor Driven
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • All Types of Learners
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?

Other

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 used RSO Life with my second grade child and she thoroughly enjoyed to it. She was super engaged and would actually ask to do more lessons! That is quite a compliment coming from a girl who normally would not sit still for any curriculum. As a parent, I enjoyed it's ease of use. All the required materials for the entire course are clearly laid out at the beginning of the book. There were only a few things I didn't already have at home, which I simply ordered from Amazon. That was really all the initial prep work that I did. I loved that there was no dense writing to weed through in this course. I usually get my own ideas of how I want to explore subjects and feel bogged down by chapters upon chapters of information presented in other curriculum (not to mention my child's eyes glazing over at being "presented" too much information. Not a very engaging way to go about learning). Fortunately, the lessons in RSO Life were concise and to the point, really giving us room to go further into a subject our own way if we wanted to (via searching for related videos, looking for additional info in our encyclopedias, etc). The lessons consist of a simple, yet fun to read, one page summary, really giving you all the information you need. It is then followed by at least one lab. The labs are well thought out and not overwhelming. Most of all, they are fun and interesting. The fact that we actually finished this course is a testament to that. We have recommended this course to many of our homeschool friends. Our eclectic and child-led homeschool friends in particular have expressed interest after seeing pictures of what we do with this curriculum. We will be moving on the RSO chemistry this summer and my child is looking forward to it!

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

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

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