I thought I would put together a list of neutral or secular curriculums......

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  1. Chels~

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    *Updated III* I thought I would put together a list of neutral or secular curriculums

    Since the topic comes up from time to time. I will add more as time allows. Please add your favorites.

    Packaged or boxed curriculum:
    Starline Press Character Based Curriculum Grades 3-12. I haven't looked at this in depth, but it looks similar to Lifepacs. Character Based Curriculum
    Calvert Calvert School: Calvert School
    K12 K12 Inc. - Homeschool curriculum, public school options, virtual academy schools, distance learning programs for elementary-high school grades, in Science, Math, and more!
    Oakmeadow Oak Meadow: Homeschool Curriculum and Resources
    Sycamore tree (Click on Secular Package) Our Store
    Core Curriculum Core-Curriculum: Home School packages and Homeschool Curriculum
    Curriculum Services Curriculum Services.com
    McRuffy LA, Math and Science (K-2nd is Neutral, for 3rd click on public School Version) McRuffy Press
    Winter Promise (Leave out bible Section) WinterPromise Publications -- Home
    Moving Beyond the Page: Homeschool Curriculum For Gifted and Creative Children. Lower elementary.

    PreSchool Specific (also refer to Phonics/Math Below):
    Before Five in a RowWelcome To Five In A Row
    Slow and Steady, Get me Ready by Oberlander Amazon.com: Slow and Steady Get Me Ready: Books: June Oberlander
    Get Ready for the Code Educators Publishing Service
    Get set for School (Handwriting/letter learning) Handwriting Without Tears: The easy way to teach pre-printing, printing, and cursive handwriting!
    Seasons of Joy (Waldorf Inspired) Winter
    Singapore Earlybird Math Singapore Math
    Mudpies to Magnets (Science) by Williams Gryphon House, Inc.

    Waldorf Inspired:
    Oakmeadow Oak Meadow: Homeschool Curriculum and Resources
    Christopherus Christopherus Homeschool Resources - Waldorf-inspired curriculum materials, consulting and more...
    Live Education Waldorf Homeschooling - Waldorf home school curriculum
    Enki Education Enki: Homeschool Curriculum, Classroom Curriculum
    Noble Knights of Knowledge (math program) Noble Knights of Knowledge Math Program

    High School and Above:
    The Teaching Company (Video Courses) The Teaching Company : Educational Courses on DVD, Audio CD, and Audio Tape- Lecture Series by College/University Professors
    Life of Fred Math Life of Fred
    VideoText Interactive (Algebra and Geometry) VideoText for Homeschoolers!

    Math:
    Saxon
    Saxon Publishers
    Math-U-see Math·U·See
    Miquon Miquon Math Materials: - Key Curriculum Press
    Key to...Series Key to...® Series - Key Curriculum Press
    Singapore Math Singapore Math
    Modern Curriculum Press Welcome to Pearson Learning
    Right Start Math home
    Teaching TextbooksGrades 5 & up Teaching Textbooks
    Noble Knights of KnowledgeNoble Knights of Knowledge Math Program
    Life of Fred (upper level) Life of Fred
    *free* First-Lessons in Arithmetic Math

    Phonics:
    Sing. Spell, Read & Write Sing, Spell, Read & Write - Homeschool
    Phonics Pathways Phonics Books, Phonics Programs, Phonics Pathways | Dorbooks, Inc.| Reading Programs
    100ez lessons
    Ordinary Parents Guide to Reading Peace Hill Press
    Explode the Code Educators Publishing Service
    Saxon Phonics Saxon Publishers
    Modern Curriculum Press Welcome to Pearson Learning
    Five Minute Phonicsby Gretchen Mork
    *Free* Starfall Learn to Read at Starfall - teaching comprehension and phonics
    *Free* Blend Phonics: Blend Phonics
    *Free*Stairway to Reading Society for Quality Education: Research on Choice for Canadians

    Spelling and Vocabulary:
    Spell & Write by evan-moor. Combines spelling and creative writing. We really enjoy this workbook. Skill Sharpeners Spell & Write - Evan-Moor.com
    Megawords Vocabulary by EPS. EPS » Phonics & Word Study » Megawords
    All About Spelling A newer program getting rave reviews Spelling Products
    Spellwell Educators Publishing Service
    Wordly Wise (Vocab.) Educators Publishing Service
    Spelling Workout Welcome to Pearson Learning
    Spelling Power castlemoyle.com -- home of Adams-Gordon's Spelling Power
    Phonetic Zoo Excellence in Writing
    Spellingtime.comSpellingTime
    *Free*The Webster's American Spelling Book: http://www.donpotter.net/PDF/Webster's Spelling Book 1824.pdf

    Reading:
    Scott Foresman Reading Welcome to Scott Foresman Reading
    Modern Curriculum Press Welcome to Pearson Learning
    McRuffy (See note under Packaged Curriculum) McRuffy Press
    Edcon Reading Comprehension "Classics" Workbooks (great for struggling readers) Research-based Learning Materials for Pre-K-12, Special Education, Struggling Students EDCON Publishing Group Educational Products
    *Free*Book Adventures. Reading Motivation program. Quizzes the child after book is read. Prizes are also available. Read, Click and Win with BookAdventure!

    Writing:
    Write Shop Currently grade 6 and up. Lower grades available soon WriteShop: An Incremental Writing Program | Homeschool Writing Curriculum
    WordSmith and WordSmith Apprentice Wordsmith Series - Common Sense Press
    Writing Strands http://www.writingstrands.com/
    Excellence in Writing Excellence in Writing
    Just Write by EPS: EPS » Process & Skills » Just Write

    Language Arts:
    Analytical Grammar 4th grade and up. Analytical Grammar
    Building Language Royal Fireworks Press: Vocabulary, Elementary Program by Michael Clay Thompson
    Growing with Grammar Growing With Grammar-Home Page
    Centrifuge Language Arts Centrifuge Language Arts Curriculum
    Easy Grammar Easy Grammar Systems - Easy Grammar Teaching Texts for Grade School & High School Teachers & Students
    Jensen's Grammar Home - Wordsmiths
    First Language Lessons Peace Hill Press
    Primary and Intermediate Language Lessons Applewood Books
    English For the Thoughtful Child 1&2 http://greenleafpress.com/miva/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=GP&Category_Code=ENG
    *Free* Scott Foresman Grammar Scott Foresman Reading: Teacher Resources

    Handwriting:
    Draw Write Now (Handwriting and Art)Barker Creek
    Getty and Dubay Italic Italic Handwriting Series - A Comprehensive handwriting program for K-6th Grade by Barbara Getty and Inga Dubay, published by the Continuing Education Press at Portland State University
    Handwriting without tears Handwriting Without Tears: The easy way to teach pre-printing, printing, and cursive handwriting!
    Zaner-bloser Zaner-Bloser - Educational Publisher
    Vimala Alphabet VIMALA ALPHABET
    WriteOn! WriteOn! - Learn To Print The Alphabet

    History/Social Studies:
    Act your Ages This is a new curriculum. I met the author and browsed through it. Child "Acts" out the period in history. Very organized, yet hands-on. Middle ages available now, more time periods are scheduled to be published very soon. ----Index----
    Story of the World Peace Hill Press
    Live Education Waldorf Homeschooling - Waldorf home school curriculum
    History Odyssey Classical Home Education...Diverse Resources for Classical Education
    Harcourt/Holt Harcourt School Publishers
    Houghton Mifflin Education Place®
    McGraw-Hill MHSchool: McGraw-Hill Social Studies
    Pearson/Core Knowledge Modern Curriculum Press
    Pearson/Scott Foresman Welcome to Pearson Scott Foresman
    A History of the U.S. by Joy Hakim (10 volume set) Amazon.com: A History of US (10 Vol. Set): Books: Joy Hakim

    Geography:
    A trip around the world Carson-Dellosa - Pressure & Pushes & Paper Planes
    Daily Geography Practice Evan-Moor Educational Publishers - Social Studies Curriculum
    Highlights Magazine-Which Way USA Kids US Map to Explore America: Which Way USA
    Highlights Magazine-Top Secret Adventures Mysteries for Kids: Whodunit Mysteries with Top Secret Adventures

    Science:
    Ellen McHenry's Chemistry and Neurology Curriculums Full Curricula (for sale)
    Krampf Science Welcome to The Happy Scientist | thehappyscientist.com
    Elemental Science. Lesson plans for books recommended in the WTM. Home
    Delta Science (Science in a Nutshell Kits)Delta Education Science In a Nutshell Hands-On Science Kits For Classroom, Homeschool, Child Care Centers, After School Programs
    GEMS Put out by University of Berkley. Neat individual units in both math and science. LHS GEMS Home
    TOPs Learning Systems TOPS Learning Systems
    Living Learning Books Living Learning Books
    R.E.A.L Science Classical Home Education...Diverse Resources for Classical Education
    Science in a Nutshell Kits Delta Education Science In a Nutshell Hands-On Science Kits For Classroom, Homeschool, Child Care Centers, After School Programs
    Live Education Waldorf Homeschooling - Waldorf home school curriculum
    Real Science 4 Kids http://gravitaspublications.com/default.asp?DomName=gravitaspublications.com
    Great Science Adventures Great Science Adventures
    Singapore Science Singapore Math, Singapore Science, Singapore Bookstore, Singapore English, Singapore Education, Singapore Maths, Singapore Mathematics, GCE A level and GCE O level, Tiger Balm
    Exploration Education Exploration Education Science Curriculum
    Sam's Science Adventures Home School Science Kits PreK-HS
    The Young Scientists Club (kits) The Young Scientists Club Science Experiments and Kits for Kids
    Bite-Size Physics Bite-Size Physics: A fun, hands-on physics curriculum
    McWizKid Science McWizKid Science


    Critical thinking and Processing Skills. Books and Games.

    Visual Perceptual Skill Building (works on Visual Processing skills)Visual Perceptual Skill Building®
    Building Thinking Skills (Critical Thinking) Building Thinking Skills®
    Following Directions (listening Skills) Says grades 6-9, but can be used for younger kids Walch Publishing -- Following Directions
    Game: Blink (This game really helped my DS with reading) Out Of The Box Publishing: Blink
    Speed Stack (helps with brain integration) SPEED STACKS — Your home for Sport Stacking
    Rush Hour (Critical Thinking) Rush Hour® - Traffic Jam Puzzle - Introduction
    Mad Libs Card Game (Grammar, Creative thinking etc..)Amazon.com: Mad Libs Card Game: Toys & Games
    Katamino GameKatamino :: The fantastic educational shapes puzzle :: 36,000 combinations

    Supplemental Books Worth Looking at:
    Games for Reading, math, learning, writing and games with books. All by Peggy Kaye. I can't say how much I love and use these books. Welcome to PeggyKaye.com
    Family Math. Great for shaking things up and doing something different. Amazon.com: Family Math (Equals Series): Books: Jean Kerr Stanmark,Virginia Thompson,Ruth Cossey

    Foreign Language:
    Power-Glide Power-Glide - Complete Foreign Language Solutions
    Rosetta Stone Rosetta Stone: Language Learning Software: Learn a Foreign Language
    Language Universe Language Universe
    *Free*Mango Languages Mango Languages - Home

    Art/Music:
    Silver Age Music for Middle School Age. Silver Age Music Home
    Atelier ArtAtelier
    Meet the Masters Meet The Masters: Art Education Programs and Art Curriculum for Home or Elementary Schools.
    Artistic Pursuits artistic pursuits: art curriculum, homeschool, independant study

    Unit and Literature Studies:
    Usborne Usborne Unit Studies: Ten Terrific Weeks!
    Moving Beyond the Page: Homeschool Curriculum For Gifted and Creative Children
    Five in a Row Welcome To Five In A Row

    Web Based Curriculum:
    Time4Learning: Homeschool, After School, Summer Study - Time4Learning - Home
    Spellingtime.com SpellingTime
    Bigmathtime.com Big Math Time - K-4 online math program to improve math skills while having fun
    Explore Learning Science: Elementary Science 3-5 | ExploreLearning
    Reading A-Z (Online Program) Reading A-Z: The online guided reading program with downloadable books to print and assemble

    Other:
    Typing instructor Deluxe Typing Instructor Deluxe 16.0 | Individual Software
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    a couple you might want to add (all WTM recommendations, I think):

    Language Arts:
    First Language Lessons (www.peacehillpress.com)

    Spelling:
    Phonics Zoo (Institue for Excellence in Writing)

    Writing:
    Institute for Excellence in Writing


    and some others:
    Grammar:
    Primary Language Lessons (Emma Serl)
    Intermediate Language Lessons (Emma Serl)
    English for the Thoughtful Child 1&2


    I'll add more if I can think of more.
    This is a neat list. maybe we could even have someplace for reviews of different curriculum.
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    The Vimala Alphabet for writing!
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    Thank you! I'm bookmarking this list. I have a hard time even finding preschool stuff that is secular :)
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    great list chelsea!! thanks ;)
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    Thank you Chelsea!!! :)

    Here's one for foreign language:
    Rosetta Stone
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    I updated the list with your suggestions and added a few others.

    I would also be interested in a review list as well. I don't know how we could do it, but it would be neat if we could.
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    Have you ever checked out homeschoolreviews.com? I love that site when I'm researching ideas. Of course, I would love reviews from amity members, too.

    Amy
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    we are using wordly wise for elementary school spelling (i'd say 2-3rd grade.)

    singapore also has science curriculum, not a favorite by some but we just got one book for both older kids (um...1st/2nd grade and 3A) and started it today so we'll see.

    we also own K12's phonics works for K and 1st grade...i liked it ok but ds2 got more out of starfall and reading reflex so go figure after i spent over $300 on it lol.
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    we still have most of G's K K-12 curric...lol that's what our old charter school used, so it was all free. oh & 1st grade math too.

    i'll use it w/ dd ~ ;)
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    Narnia

    I am looking for a literature guide that goes with the Narnia books. Wouldn't mind one for LOTR either.

    Kathy
    kathma25@psouth.net
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    I've never heard of this till now. Her website isn't very descriptive -- care to share more about this system, now it all works, what you thought of it, etc? Please?!!! Thanks! (I have a 9 year old who's handwriting is horrible, and it's about to drive me crazy. I so want to help him get better, and feel better about it too.)
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    Poppins over at The Denim Jumper is trying to get a secular resources review blog going at Secular Homeschool Resources .

    If you check over on The Denim Jumper discussion boards you'll see that they're currently gathering info on secular Latin programs.
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    Rebecca,

    Deb in the Vimala subforum right here can answer most questions and will go rigth to the source if there is something she can't answer- care to post up there? I'll let her know there is someone looking.
    FTR I am enjoying the Vimala work, Sage is using it in conjunction with printing for now, but we will use it instead of any form of cursive in the ocming years.

    ~jo

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