Category: Secular Reviews

Science, Naturally! Review

Clever STEM books for secular homeschooling families. Are you looking for a fresh new addition to your secular homeschool toolbox? Look no further than Science, Naturally! With award-winning, National Science Teacher Association recommended books for preschool through middle school, available in multiple languages (and bilingual books too), Science, Naturally! connects kids with STEM education through brainteasers, puzzles, fiction, and nonfiction by merging facts and fun. Though written for elementary students, my preschooler loves If My Mom Were A Platypus: Mammal Babies and Their Mothers by Dia Michels. It’s filled with information about how 14 different mammals are born, how...

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Review of Emily Cook’s A Literary Education: Adapting Charlotte Mason for Modern Secular Homeschooling

Throughout my seven years homeschooling, I have not often been inspired when reading a book about homeschooling. I’ve researched the plethora of approaches to educate my children at home: classical, unschooling, child-led, traditional, Waldorf, and Charlotte Mason. Overall, my family’s approach has been an eclectic blend of several of those. My kids would love to be complete unschoolers reveling in opportunities their minds concoct, while I would love to check all the boxes everyday from a beautifully organized schedule which would soothe my anxieties. Neither strategy seems to work well for us. However, a few months ago I read...

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Review of Build You Library (BYL) Grade 5, American History using R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey (RSO) Biology 2

It will not surprise any of you to learn that when I heard the news that Emily Cook was rewriting Build You Library (BYL) Grade 5, American History to use R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey (RSO) Biology 2 for the science I asked to review it. What would the biology course look like when using a Charlotte Mason approach? I am glad I had the opportunity to check out Cook’s updated course. I was impressed with the detail and amount of breadth in the course. I like how Cook structured the BYL course. It is written to make it easy to...

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Review of R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Astronomy 2

R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Astronomy 2 from Pandia Press brings top quality secular science into your home or classroom in an engaging hands-on manner. Scientist and author, Blair Lee, has a conversational writing style that opens up serious science topics to students in a way that invites them on a journey through learning. The combination of thorough science education, fun labs and activities, and the author’s ability to share vast amounts of information without overwhelming a novice makes RSO Astronomy 2 an excellent course for both students who love science, and those who do not. The writing style, uncommon for...

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Out of the Box Learning, Empowering You On Your Homeschool Journey

I don’t often read books on homeschooling. Not that I don’t think I can learn from others experiences, but finding a book whose author I could connect with, that didn’t push a specific methodology, and wasn’t dripping with religious references, was more of a challenge than it was worth to me. As the homeschool community has evolved so have the homeschooling books available and I have been pleasantly surprised by a few of them recently. When I picked up my copy of Beverly Burgess’ book, Out of the Box Learning, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but as I...

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Mom, it isn’t really math. It’s too fun.

The idea that math…of all things…is fun, well, who would have thought it! Lilac Mohr’s self-published book, Math and Magic in Wonderland is a whimsical story where math and science are interwoven with literary prose. It is both engaging to read and at the same time, it is educational. We often talk about the journey through learning at SEA Homeschoolers and this book fits that sentiment. It is a fitting tribute to the Carroll masterpiece upon which it is styled. Mohr’s degrees in Engineering and Computer Information Systems provide a solid basis for her educational and insightful offering while...

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Know Yourself Review: A Seriously Good Line of Science Materials

Let me start this review by telling you that I love all the products I have seen from Know Yourself. The quality, presentation and content are excellent. I first saw the Know Yourself series of books at a homeschool conference in the summer of 2016. I was impressed enough by what I saw to tell Know Yourself I would review their products. I called a fellow homeschooler whose children I thought would like to help me with the review. Her kids loved the products as much as I did! Every part of the Know Yourself product line is engaging,...

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“unschool when you can, teach when you must”

Review of Homeschool Teacher by Kate Laird November Book Review When Kate Laird contacted me to ask if I would review her book Homeschool Teacher, her email said, “of all the homeschooling communities I’ve seen online and in real life, SEA Homeschoolers is the one that most closely resembles my approach and where I feel I’ve found my “tribe.” I’m sure there are going to be elements of the book that you disagree with, but I hope you find it a book you wished you’d read when you began homeschooling. Like you, I read the Well Trained Mind early...

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The Definitions for What Constitutes Secular Academic Materials

Science Secular science curricula and programs should present the accepted facts, principles, models, and theories explaining how the natural and physical world works as recommended by a majority of practicing experts in that area of science. Science curricula and programs should not exclude or misrepresent scientific facts, principles, models, or theories that are considered core ideas in the field. Science curricula and programs should not: • minimize, misrepresent, or omit accepted scientific facts, principles, models, or theories • incorporate religious philosophy into the curriculum or program • politicize science issues in a way that misrepresents the issues History Secular...

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Fisher Hart Academy Review

Fisher Hart Academy provides virtual, live-streaming Spanish, French, and Portuguese foreign language courses to homeschooling students. Fisher Hart Academy is a new company using what many would consider an innovative approach to language learning. They have a small class size, with grade levels ranging from 7th through 12th. Updated Review: 1/4/2017 Brynne and Sean finished their semester. Both parents and teens agree this was the best foreign language program they have ever taken, “When I hang out with my Spanish speaking friends, and they speak in Spanish, I can understand what they are saying.” Sean Lee “French is my favorite...

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