C.B. asks from Aurora, CO on July 09, 2008
Looking for Non-religious Curriculum
I am just starting to home school my almost 3 year old and I am so lost for curriculum...Well kinda. I have been setting up an eclectic curriculum and was wondering, does anyone know where I could find non-religious curriculum for K and 1st grades? It seems to be really hard to find. Any tips are greatly appreciated.
M.S. answers from Denver on July 10, 2008
I have to agree with Julie. We've been using the K12 curriculum for the past 3 years and love it! If you have any questions please feel free to ask. I have two kids now going to into the 2nd and 3rd grades. I might have some stuff left over from the school year that I could pass your way if you would like to take a look at some of it.
S.K. answers from Denver on July 10, 2008
I don't know what age it starts at, but Saxon Math is an excellent math curriculum for older kids, at least. At that age there is so much you can do with the basics... enjoy and good luck!!
L.T. answers from Denver on July 10, 2008
I don't know if this will help but at Barnes and Noble and maybe at Borders there are some workbooks and reading texts for children of all ages starting at preschool level. They are for matching, numbers, colors, shapes, of course letters and reading. My son is 2 1/2 and loves the same/different matching book and coloring and, of course letters. I think some of them are Kumon based but I think that there may be several different kinds. I think they also varied in prices from like $3.00 a book to up near $10. Hope you find what you are looking for.
J.M. answers from Denver on July 10, 2008
Congratulations on schooling your children from home. That is a big committment and your child is quite lucky to have someone who can do that.
One of my jobs is actually as an on-line middle school teacher. I am located in CO, but there are other schools just like mine all over the country. We use a non-religous, core-knowledge based curriculum created by a company called K12. You can learn more about K12 at www.k12.com. There may be a school set up by K12 in your state, and if so, starting at kindergarten level, the curriculum is free. We are a public charter school where our students school from home with a parent and receive support from certified teachers online.
If you want more information about this, feel free to email me.
M.O. answers from Denver on July 10, 2008
All of my children are very smart as well and getting them into school was the best thing. The learned how to share and socialize and are doing great now. The boys will both be in middle school this year and I can see that they are more mature and ready to learn. My 5 year old can't wait to go to school like her brothers (all day). The ECE program offered through DPS is awesome. However, they must 4 by 10/1 to start. I am not sure when your daughter will be 4 but if her birthday is before 10/1 get her registered. It is DPS so there is no religion involved. However, private and religious schools have some things offered that public schools do not. Remember that as your girls get older. Religion is not all bad unless it is taken to the extreme. I went to catholic school and only about 30 minutes of the entire day was about religion. I was way ahead when I started high school too. Good luck with everything.
C.W. answers from Denver on July 09, 2008
Go to Barnes and noble or borders they will have books to choose from. An internet search and you will have tons - I think Colorado state even has a curriculum or program but not sure if it is designed for 3 year olds.
Hope that helps!