Still Searching For Secular Science: Navigating the Homeschooling Maze

Welcome back to Making Everyday Magic! I’m Shanna, and today, I’m diving into a topic that has perplexed many homeschooling families: finding quality secular science resources. As we embark on our eighth year of homeschooling with a seventh and third grader, the hunt for a suitable science curriculum for the upcoming school year has begun. But why is it so challenging to find secular science materials that fit our needs? Let’s explore this enigma together.

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Still Searching For Secular Science

The Quest for Secular Science: A Perplexing Journey

Secular science resources seem to be elusive creatures in the homeschooling world. Despite the plethora of options available, finding ones that align with our preferences and values can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. But what exactly makes this search so arduous? Frankly, I’m still trying to figure that out.

 

Unveiling the Mystery: Why Is It Hard?

Honestly, I wish I had a definitive answer. Is it the lack of availability? The overwhelming number of choices? Or perhaps the varying degrees of secularism in the materials? The truth is, I don’t know. But what I do know is that many homeschooling families, like ours, face this same challenge.

 

My Journey: Exploring Options and Preferences

As I embark on this quest for secular science, I’ve established a few criteria to guide my search. Firstly, I prefer resources that aren’t textbook-based. Instead, I lean towards video-based curricula that offer engaging and interactive learning experiences. Additionally, I aim to find materials that adapt easily to both my seventh and third graders, allowing us to learn together as a family.

 

Surveying the Landscape: A Look at Suggestions

To gather insights into available options, I reached out to fellow homeschoolers on Instagram and YouTube. The responses flooded in, offering a diverse array of recommendations. From Blossom & Root to Science Mom, BookShark to Elevate Science, the suggestions varied widely in format, content, and suitability.

I looked into many recommendations and you can search with me over on the YouTube video version of this post linked below. I have also linked everything that I looked at down below so you can easily find them.

Still Searching For Secular Science

The Decision-Making Process: My Selection Criteria

Navigating through the sea of recommendations, I’ve honed in on a few key considerations. I prioritize curricula that offer comprehensive lesson plans, hands-on activities, and interactive elements. While some options like Blossom & Root and BookShark garnered praise from others, they didn’t quite align with my preferences for ease of use.

 

The Revelation: Discovering Middle School Chemistry

Amidst the plethora of suggestions, one resource stood out: Middle School Chemistry from the American Chemistry Society. This comprehensive online platform offers free lesson plans, simulations, videos, and assignments tailored for middle school students. With its engaging format and alignment with my criteria, it seems like the perfect fit for our homeschooling journey.

 

Embracing Collaboration: Building Community Resources

As I finalize my decision, I’m reminded of the importance of community collaboration in the homeschooling realm. By sharing our experiences, insights, and recommendations, we empower each other to navigate the complexities of homeschooling more effectively. Together, we can build a robust repository of secular science resources for all homeschooling families to access and benefit from.

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Still Searching For Secular Science

 

While the quest for secular science may still pose challenges, I’m hopeful that by pooling our collective knowledge and experiences, we can overcome them. As we embark on another year of homeschooling, let’s continue to support and uplift each other in our educational endeavors. Together, we can transform the homeschooling landscape into a vibrant and inclusive community of learners.

Thank you for joining me on this journey, and I look forward to sharing more insights and discoveries with you in the future. Until next time, happy homeschooling!

 

Blossom&RootΒ  Science MomΒ  Build Your LibraryΒ  BookSharkΒ  Elevate ScienceΒ  Ellen McHenry’s Basement WorkshopΒ  The Amoeba Sisters Real Science OdysseyΒ  Core Knowledge

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