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Are There Any Australian Secular Science Curriculums for Homeschool?

Hi Michelle,

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.

Kind thanks

Kellie

Hi Kellie,

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.

The Australian National Science Curriculum has a guideline of what they want covered but of course you need to put the resources together yourself. My outcomes guides might help you with this.

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.

nature kids

Using a notebooks and nature journals for your children’s lessons.

botany notebook

“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.

The Wonderland of Nature Book

Using living books from this science list  can also be used for a secular science curriculum for homeschool.

Living books highschool science

Our Nature Stories are also non-religious.

Handbook of Nature Study australia

 

If you are desperate for a textbook here are some American ones.

Real science for kids

Here is a review by Cathy Duffy.

Eva Varga’s Science – these look good and seem a good fit with our Australian Curriculum categories.

I hope that helps.

Smiles

Michelle

If others know of secular science curriculums you could recommend please comment and leave suggestions.

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  1. Melissa  August 15, 2014

    I have started using R.E.A.L Science Odyssey by Pandia Press with my DD6 and so far it’s going very well.
    We are doing the course called LIFE in Level One.
    http://www.pandiapress.com/?page_id=82

    It’s for grades 1-4. I liked it because it involved little activities as well as books to read together. We have only just started but so far we are happy with it.
    I’ll blog about it soon.
    I also use Apologia for my older ones but that is not secular 🙂

    Thanks Michelle for another great post !

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    • Michelle  August 15, 2014

      Thanks Melissa. I think I’ve heard of that one.

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