Do you know anyone trying to find truly secular science curriculum? Really? Everyone AND their dog? Yeah, I guess we knew that and so we thought it’d be good to get a list going. Check them out for yourself and comment to let us know about the other secular science programs that you LOVE. We’ll add them as a bonus (with credit) to this list. Here we go!
Read, Explore, Absorb, and Learn!
“With RSO Life and Biology courses, students observe, speculate, hypothesize, experiment, and conclude through the topics of the human body, the plant kingdom, and the animal kingdom. Students learn by doing through engaging written lessons that are heavily reinforced by hands-on labs and activities.”
Level 1 is recommended for grades 1-5. Level 2 is recommended for grades 5-9! The best part of this curriculum (other than being 100% and true to science) is that you can TEST IT OUT before buying. Who doesn’t love to try things out before spending money? I don’t know how many things I’ve bought and then decided against. Or even how many things we just got bored with after a while.
You can also check out the books in our shop.
“Moving Beyond the Page is a complete homeschool curriculum. Your children will grow in their love of learning through our literature-based curriculum that encourages critical and creative thinking, provides challenging and engaging projects, and supports different learning styles. All children can benefit from our unique approach to education. This is especially true for hands-on, creative, and gifted learners. A traditional or classical approach will often leave these children bored and uninspired.”
“Every lesson begins with a Mystery that hooks your students. I then narrate an unforgettable story told with stunning images and videos and punctuated with opportunities for discussion. Every lesson concludes with simple hands-on activities designed to use supplies you already have (or are easy to get).”
We’ve had a free account with Mystery Science for the last school year and LOVE it. They just launched something called Mystery Doug as well. I signed up for it about 4 seconds before writing this sentence. Apparently, we’ll get a weekly video to tantalize our scientific inquiry. We’re so super in.
You can sign up for a free account and check out all their flexi books! And just check out their biology section here. It has a TON of evolution lessons.
5. Has been removed and will soon be replaced by a secular, not neutral, resource.
Oak Meadow offers a lot in the way of secular science courses – Environmental Science for a Changing World, Biology and Chemistry (with labs), Physics, and AP Biology, Chemistry, and Physics 1 and 2. Being that I am still a catalog nerd, even a whole few paragraphs down, here is their sign-up link for such goodness.
7. Everything You Need to Know…Science! (Middle School)
“It’s the revolutionary science study guide just for middle school students from the brains behind Brain Quest.”
“Everything You Need to Ace Science . . . takes readers from scientific investigation and the engineering design process to the Periodic Table; forces and motion; forms of energy; outer space and the solar system; to earth sciences, biology, body systems, ecology, and more.”
Click here to grab it from Amazon US, UK, or Canada.
8. Building Foundations for Scientific Learning: Volume I (Grades K-2), Volume II (Grades 3-5), and Volume III (Grades 6-8)
From the Author:
“Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding” is the product of four things:
My conviction that scientific literacy, which includes both factual information and ways of thinking and reasoning, is pivotal in our addressing global environmental issues;
My belief that scientific literacy can be improved by presenting science in logical, systematic increments that build thinking skills of inquiry (observation, questioning, reasoning, and interpretation) at the same time as they develop a broad base of knowledge and understanding concerning scientific facts and concepts;
My background, which includes over 40 years of experience in researching, teaching, and writing about all aspects of environmental science as well as working with children;
A passion for learning and teaching.
“Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding” is the resulting product. Lessons address all the major areas of science. Lessons build in systematic steppingstone increments so that there is a continual reinforcement and integration as learning advances. I am hopeful that this text will prove useful to teachers, homeschoolers, and parents interested in presenting science to beginning science learners, regardless of their age.
All of these texts are listed here in our shop and can be purchased from Amazon US, UK, or Canada.
So we HAVE to talk about Next Level Homeschool. They offer a Shark Month course because, obviously, one week is truly not long enough. They even offer a Harry Potter genetics course. Does anyone else get overly excited when they find Harry Potter homeschooling gold? I’m not even that concerned about signing up my actual kid for these courses. I just want to take them myself.
Check them out!