I’v been thinking about starting a website for a while and since my son has recently started his own Spark Movie Reviews, I figured it was time to give it a try. My main reason for having this website is to share SECULAR homeschool information, science related stuff in particular. I was a physics professor when my first child was born so teaching science has something I’v been doing a long time.
When I first started homeschooling I found the lack of secular science curriculum very depressing. For younger kids there is still only one curriculum I highly recommend, and that’s R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey by Pandia Press. They have a great try before you buy option so you can try a very generous portion of the curriculum before buying it. They usually have pretty good sales a few times a year as well. I’v used the Life and Earth Science curriculum with my kids and in small classes of homeschoolers. I really like that they don’t talk down to kids and its a very hands on curriculum. I just wish they could have gotten out the level 2 books a bit faster before my kids out grew them. The Biology Level 2 is the only one out so far and I used it last year in my homeschool science class for 8-12 year olds.
It went pretty well but we do so much science in this house that I had to supplement some of the labs because we’d already done the ones in the book. We added a lot of dissections, which most of the kids really found interesting.
I also highly recommend Magic School Bus books and cartoons, which are on Netflix I believe, for the younger crowd. Bill Nye the Science Guy videos can be found on youtube and they’re a big hit with kids. A subscription to Brainpop is a must. They have great animated videos on science, history, grammar, cyber bullying, music, art, just about everything. They also have activities and games. We’ve had a subscription for over 5 years. You can also watch the videos on your iPad with their app.