Are There Any Australian Secular Science Curriculums for Homeschool?
just wondering if you know of any good non religious Australian Science curriculums?
It’s not that I am anti religion. I consider myself spiritual and am happy with most Christian ideals and morals etc. I just can’t seem to wrap my mind around teaching science etc. from a religious point of view.
There are many options if you want to teach a secular science curriculum for homeschool. However you will find that the difference between a secular science curriculum for homeschool isn’t that different to a Christian curriculum.
The main difference that you will find in a Christian science curriculum is the reference to evolution as a theory rather than a fact. This spills over into intelligent design, dates for fossils and dinosaurs. The facts are all the same, it’s just the interpretation of the facts – the worldview is different. Many non-Christians still find the Apologia stuff good and the parents present the alternative view.
I am not aware of any secular Australian curriculum that homeschoolers use for science.
If you are new to homeschooling and trying to work out what should be in your science curriculum it’s not that hard to do.
Putting Together A Secular Science Curriculum For Homeschool
You can easily keep your curriculum secular using Charlotte Mason’s teaching methods of:
Charlotte Mason believed in using nature study as the beginning of science study for young children.
Using a notebooks and nature journals for your children’s lessons.
“Books dealing with Science…should be of a literary character, and we would probably be more scientific as a people if we scrapped all the text books. Where science does not teach a child to wonder and admire, it is perhaps of no educational value. “ Charlotte Mason
Other books can also be used that cover science in the four areas that you need to cover in primary school. Biology, Earth Science (astronomy & geology), Physics and Chemistry. If you think in these terms you will find it easy to gather your curriculum using the books you choose.
It’s all about the books that you choose and getting your children to read good quality stuff. It’s not as hard to do as you think.
Australian Science Resources to Help You
If your kids are still young The Wonderland of Nature which I recommend is non-religious.
Nuri Mass loves nature but uses the term mother nature. She also believes in evolution although her references to it is scant.
Using living books from this science list can also be used for a secular science curriculum for homeschool.
Our Nature Stories are also non-religious.
If you are desperate for a textbook here are some American ones.
Eva Varga’s Science – these look good and seem a good fit with our Australian Curriculum categories.
I hope that helps.
If others know of secular science curriculums you could recommend please comment and leave suggestions.