If you don’t want to homeschool using religious-based texts, then you need secular homeschool curriculum. We’ve listed the good and removed the bad so you can select secular curriculum from this list with confidence.
When I first started looking for secular homeschool curriculum a few years ago, it seemed almost impossible to find homeschool curriculum that wasn’t either overtly religious or published by Christian publishers.
Since we first started homeschooling, secular homeschool curriculum has become much better and easier to find. In fact, some traditional textbook publishers now offer their products directly to homeschoolers.
Why Do Homeschoolers Choose Secular Homeschool Curriculum?
When I first started seeking secular homeschool curriculum, I was surprised at how many Christian homeschoolers still used secular curriculum. I found that it isn’t just atheist homeschoolers who are looking for secular curriculum. Families I talk to usually chose secular homeschool curriculum for the following reasons:
They are Not Religious
There are many homeschool families who homeschool for non-religious reasons. There is a growing body of homeschoolers who do not follow any sort of religion. These families usually homeschool due to schedule issues, because they have children with special needs, or because they believe their children can get a better education at home. Some homeschoolers may have been raised in a religious home and want to move away from a religion they see as harmful.
They Are Religious, but Not Evangelical Christian
Many homeschoolers are Islamic, Jehovah’s Witness, Jewish, Wiccan, Catholic, Mormon, or follow some other religion. As much of homeschool curriculum follows traditional Evengelical Christian beliefs, trying to use this form of curriculum when you follow another religion creates conflict.
They Want to Prepare Children for a Traditional School Environment
The traditional school system is secular. Religion is not taught in most public schools and universities. Some parents would rather keep religious instruction separate from other subjects in school. I know of several Christian homeschoolers who teach Bible and religion separately from school and use all secular curriculum for this reason.
They Want to Focus on Academics
A lot of Christian homeschool curriculum is written from a Biblical prospective. Because of this, some of the infromation in some (not all) Christian homeschool curriculums is outdated, or does not focus on true academics. Reading passages might come from the Bible instead of introducing a child to a broad range of literature and non-fiction books. Parents who are academics may find the content of some Christian curriculum lacking in important academic instruction.
They Don’t Follow the Young Earth Theory
Far and away, the most common reason homeschoolers seek out secular curriculum is that they do not believe in the Young Earth science theory.
Young Earth theory states that the entire world is somewhere between 6,000 and 10,000 years old, with the world just getting started with the first recorded stories from the Bible.
Current scientific theory refutes this claim offering evidence that the earth was formed somewhere around 4.5 billion years ago.
In fact, it was my search for a secular science curriculum that started our transformation into secular homeschoolers.
Top-Rated Secular Homeschool Curriculum
I haven’t tried all secular curriculum out there, but we have tried many of the curriculum on this list. Other curriclum on this list come highly recomended by other secular homeschoolers.
Curriculum we’ve personally tried will be in italics.
Please note: this is not a comprehensive list. If you have a secular curriculum that you’ve tried and loved, leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list!
Secular Science Curriculum
Steve Spangler Science (K-8)
Classic Science (2-6)
Lower Secondary Science (7-8)
Science Matters (9-10)
MPH Science (1-6)
CPO Science (6-12)
Elemental Science (PreK-12)
Supercharged Science (1-12)
REAL Science Odyssey (1-9)
STEM Activities (K-8)
Secular History Curriculum
Usborne History Books (K-8)
The Human Odyssey (K-12)
Secular Language Arts Curriculum
Brave Writer (K-12)
Easy Grammar (3-6)
Write Shop (K-12)
Don’t Forget to Write (K-12)
Growing with Grammar (K-12)
Sing, Spell, Read, and Write (PreK-2)
Word Power Made Easy (6-12)
All About Learning (K-5)
Killgallon Grammar (1-12, also has books for college)
Lighting Literature (1-12)
Secular Handwriting Curriculum
Draw Write Now (K-3)
Spencerian Handwriting (All ages, we’re using it as remedial work)
Zaner Bloser Handwriting (K-4)
Secular Math Curriculum
Math U See (K-12)
Teaching Textbooks (K-12)
Singapore Math (K-8)
RightStart Mathematics (K-6)
Learn Bop (3-12)
Math on the Level (K-8)
Moving with Math (K-8)
Mr. D Math (6-12)
Shiller Math (K-8)
Verbal Math (K-6)
Miquon Math (K-3)
Learn Math Fast (K-10)
Secular Geography Curriculum
Geography through Art (3-8)
Little Passports (PreK-3)
Top Secret Adventures (1-8)
Secular Unit Studies
Educents Unit Studies (PreK-8)
Teachers Pay Teachers (PreK-12)
The Homeschool Mom Unit Studies (Note: Not all studies linked are secular) (All ages)
Intellego Unit Studies (K-12)
Secular Fine Arts Curriculum
Artistic Pursuits (K-8)
Drawing with Children (All ages)
Music Mastery (All ages)
Secular Social Studies Curriculum
Harcourt Social Studies (K-6)
Super Social Studies (4-8)
Secular Foreign Language Curriculum
Language Treks Spanish (6-12)
Homeschool Spanish Academy (9-12)
Active Chinese (K-College)
Jenney’s Latin (6-12)
Rosetta Stone (8-12)
Duolingo (All ages)
Secular Boxed Curriculum
Moving Beyond the Page (PreK-8)
Calvert School (PreK-12)
Discovery K12 (K-12)
Evolution Homeschool (K-6)
Global Village School (K-12)
Build Your Library (K-9)
Khan Academy (K-12)
Secular Logic/Rhetoric Curriculum
Lollipop Logic (K-2)
What Secular Homeschoolers Use Year by Year
Below, you’ll find links to the different curricula used by secular homeschooling bloggers for different homeschooling styles and grades. Take a look and see what other secular homeschooling families have used as their curriculum from year-to-year.
Secular Curriculum for Preschool
Secular Curriculum for Kindergarten
Secular Curriculum for First Grade
Secular Curriculum for Second Grade
Secular Curriculum for Third Grade
Secular Curriculum for Fourth Grade
Secular Curriculum for Fifth Grade
Secular Curriculum for Middle School