What If I Need a Secular Complete Curriculum Kit?

Jul 12, 2011 2 Comments by

It may surprise you that this is one of our most commonly asked questions, but it is. Some of you are able to purchase through your school district (yes we take P.O.s) but they won’t pay for religious materials. Others of you differ from us religiously, (we’re rather conservative Christians) but agree educationally.

We Can Delete Those Items
The first option is to simply pull out any Christian-based materials and reduce the price of your curriculum bundle accordingly. This is the best option for some grades when we really don’t have an alternative science program, for instance.

Would You Prefer A Substitute?
The other option is to substitute all of the religiously-based items with secular alternatives. (As you can see below, this is easier sometimes than others as we haven’t found good alternatives to all the Christianity-based materials.)

We’ll Make It Easy
To modify your curriculum all we need is an email (mailbag@timberdoodle.com or simply fill out this simple form) or phone call (800-478-0672) from you telling us what grade you are looking at and what changes you need. This can be as simple as “I need 4th grade minus all religious materials.” We will then delete the items from the core and give you an adjusted price. If you decide to proceed with the order, you can simply call us with the quote# and we will be able to take payment immediately and get it right out the door.

Grade By Grade Alternatives
If you are reading through the whole list you’ll notice a lot of repetition since we tend to include whole series in our curriculum – but this way you can simply scroll to the grade you are interested in and see all the potential areas for change.

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Preschool

Language Lessons is the only one that may cause you trouble. While the series has a lot of classic paintings and rich literature; it also includes an occasional Bible passage or the like. Some parents feel that since the Bible is truly literary this is no problems, others prefer we don’t include it. We don’t have a good substitute for it at this time.

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Kindergarten
Language Lessons may or may not cause you trouble. While the series has a lot of classic paintings and rich literature; it also includes an occasional Bible passage or the like. Some parents feel that since the Bible is truly literary this is no problems, others prefer we don’t include it. We don’t have a good substitute for it at this time.

A Reason for Writing is based around days of creation at this age, but sadly we don’t have a good substitute for it either.

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First Grade
Apologia Science is Christian and based around a literal 7-day creation. You can see all of our science options for 1st-3rd grade here. My favorites for first grade are the Big Bag of Science, Stepping into Science and Intro to Engineering Science kits.

Language Lessons may or may not cause you trouble. While the series has a lot of classic paintings and rich literature; it also includes an occasional Bible passage or the like. Some parents feel that since the Bible is truly literary this is no problems, others prefer we don’t include it. We don’t have a good substitute for it at this time.

A Reason for Writing is based around Bible passages, but sadly we don’t have a good substitute for it either.

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Second Grade
Apologia Science is Christian and based around a literal 7-day creation. You can see all of our science options for 1st-3rd grade here. My favorites for second grade still include the Big Bag of Science, Stepping into Science and Intro to Engineering Science kits. (The last two are designed for 5-8 year olds, so don’t let “Kindergarten” scare you!)

Language Lessons may or may not cause you trouble. While the series has a lot of classic paintings and rich literature; it also includes an occasional Bible passage or the like. Some parents feel that since the Bible is truly literary this is no problems, others prefer we don’t include it. We don’t have a good substitute for it at this time.

A Reason for Writing is based around Bible passages, but sadly we don’t have a good substitute for it either.

a complete homeschool curriculum package
Third Grade
Apologia Science is Christian and based around a literal 7-day creation. You can see all of our science options for 1st-3rd grade here. My favorites for third grade include the Big Bag of Science, the Max Axiom Series, Snap Circuits sets, Inside Out Human Body Kit, (one of many science kit options) and my favorite textbook alternative, Hands on Science Mysteries.

Language Lessons may or may not cause you trouble. While the series has a lot of classic paintings and rich literature; it also includes an occasional Bible passage or the like. Some parents feel that since the Bible is truly literary this is no problems, others prefer we don’t include it. We don’t have a good substitute for it at this time.

A Reason for Writing is based around Bible passages, but sadly we don’t have a good substitute for it either.

a complete homeschool curriculum package
Fourth Grade
Apologia Science is Christian and based around a literal 7-day creation. You can see all of our science options for 4th-6th grade here. My favorites for fourth grade include the Big Bag of Science, the Max Axiom Series, Snap Circuits sets, Ollo Action Robotics kit, Inside Out Human Body Kit, (one of many science kit options) and my favorite textbook alternative, Hands on Science Mysteries.

Language Lessons may or may not cause you trouble. While the series has a lot of classic paintings and rich literature; it also includes an occasional Bible passage or the like. Some parents feel that since the Bible is truly literary this is no problems, others prefer we don’t include it. We don’t have a good substitute for it at this time.

a complete homeschool curriculum package
Fifth Grade
Apologia Science is Christian and based around a literal 7-day creation. You can see all of our science options for 4th-6th grade here. My favorites for fifth grade include the Big Bag of Science, Snap Circuits sets, Ollo Action Robotics kit, Inside Out Human Body Kit, Elements of Science comprehensive kit, and my favorite textbook alternative, Hands on Science Mysteries.

All American History is written from a Christian perspective. The best secular options we have Drawing the Presidents, an art-integrated presidential approach to USA history, and Graphic US History set, a complete but appealing almost cartoon book approach especially appealing to those students who don’t enjoy reading.

Language Lessons may or may not cause you trouble. While the series has a lot of classic paintings and rich literature; it also includes an occasional Bible passage or the like. Some parents feel that since the Bible is truly literary this is no problems, others prefer we don’t include it. We don’t have a good substitute for it at this time.

a complete homeschool curriculum package
Sixth Grade
Apologia Science and Biology 101 are Christian and based around a literal 7-day creation. You can see all of our science options for 4th-6th grade here. My favorites for sixth grade include the Big Bag of Science, Snap Circuits sets, Ollo Robotics kit, Inside Out Human Body Kit, Elements of Science comprehensive kit, and my favorite textbook alternative, Hands on Science Mysteries.

All American History is written from a Christian perspective. The best secular options we have Drawing the Presidents, an art-integrated presidential approach to USA history, and Graphic US History set, a complete but appealing almost cartoon book approach especially appealing to those students who don’t enjoy reading.

a complete homeschool curriculum package
Seventh Grade
The Fallacy Detective is written from a Christian perspective, and the best alternatives we have are Building Thinking Skills 3 Figural and Building Thinking Skills 3 Verbal, usually included in the 9th and 10th grade respectively, but written for 7th grade and up.

Christian Kids Explore Chemistry is usually included in this kit along with Chem C500. You can see all of our science options for 7th-8th grade here. My favorite option is simply to upgrade to Chem C3000, a rigorous and complete chemistry kit. Other options include the Big Bag of Science, Snap Circuits sets, 3D anatomy puzzles or any of our wide assortment of science kits.

Mystery of History is written from a Christian perspective. The best secular options we have are on USA history: Drawing the Presidents, an art-integrated presidential approach to USA history, and Graphic US History set, a complete but appealing almost cartoon book approach especially appealing to those students who don’t enjoy reading. Another option is Milestones in Science, a kit devoted to the history of science.

Wordsmith is also written from a Christian perspective. Our favorite alternative is the Write Your Own series.

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Eighth Grade
Thinking Toolbox is written from a Christian perspective, and the best alternatives we have are Building Thinking Skills 3 Figural and Building Thinking Skills 3 Verbal, usually included in the 9th and 10th grade respectively, but written for 7th grade and up.

Christian Kids Explore Physics is usually included in this kit along with Mindwares Contraptions for your own physics experiments. You can see all of our science options for 7th-8th grade here, including the Big Bag of Science, Snap Circuits sets, Fuel Cell kit and our wide assortment of science kits.

Mystery of History is written from a Christian perspective. The best secular options we have are on USA history: Drawing the Presidents, an art-integrated presidential approach to USA history, and Graphic US History set, a complete but appealing almost cartoon book approach especially appealing to those students who don’t enjoy reading. Another option is Milestones in Science, a kit devoted to the history of science.

a complete homeschool curriculum package
Ninth Grade
Mystery of History is written from a Christian perspective. The best secular option we have is on USA history: Drawing the Presidents, an art-integrated presidential approach to USA history. By simply studying about 1 president a week and selecting 1 or 2 drawings from the included lessons to replicate into their own notebook your student will get a fantastic overview of USA history.

Write Your Roots is also written from a Christian perspective. Our favorite alternative is the Write Your Own series, but if your student is college bound we would suggest looking for something a bit more rigorous.

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Tenth Grade
Wordsmith Craftsman is also written from a Christian perspective. Our favorite alternative is the Write Your Own series, but if your student is college bound we would suggest adding something a bit more rigorous.

In Conclusion
We would be delighted to help you customize one of our curriculum packages to best fit your student. You can call us at 800-478-0672, email joy@timberdoodle.com or simply fill out this simple form and we will be happy to assist you.


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The oldest of the "Timberdoodle children" I now work full time for the company, filling such roles as marketing manager, curriculum adviser, video producer, etc. In my spare time I enjoy reading, babysitting, baking, and volunteering with our local school district, in the church and as an EMT with the fire department.

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