We offer two math choices for our secular packages: Saxon Math for those wanting a traditional approach, or A+ Tutorsoft for those wanting a computer-based math program. Known for its thoroughness and comprehensive coverage of math topics, Saxon takes an incremental approach and builds in much review and repetition. In the primary grades (K-3), it is manipulative-based and scripted. This means little preparation for the teacher. The lessons encourage teacher-student interaction and you can expect them to take 30 - 45 min. We include the required manipulatives at each grade level. At the middle school level and higher, Saxon encourages the student to work more independently by addressing all instruction directly to the student. Our sets include texts, solutions manuals, answer keys, and tests. You can watch and listen to the multimedia lessons, view the suggested lesson plans, print out or just view the curriculum book (same content as that of the multimedia lessons), print worksheets and tests, answer keys for both, and reference sheets. A+ Tutorsoft math is software-based, although there is a printable book for reference(printed versions also available for purchase). The pace is slow and methodical and the lessons are straightforward, with a plain, uncluttered design. I feel like this course might work well for students who are distracted by a lot on a page. An interactive Q & A button is found at the bottom of the page that allows the student to practice the concept and get immediate feedback on the accuracy of their answer.
For Language Arts in the K-3 package you'll find McRuffy Phonics & Reading. Ruff the dog introduces this program, a complete but somewhat relaxed approach great for wiggly youngsters not wanting to spend all day reading and writing. Everything you need is in the box - teacher manual with detailed daily lesson plans, student workbooks, weekly assessments, readers, spelling lists, phonics manipulative/charts/flash cards/games/etc. Handwriting is incorporated into the program as well.
The foundation of the secular package for grades 4-8 is Saxon Grammar & Writing. If you are familiar with Saxon Math, you will see the same approach applied to teach language arts. Carefully sequenced lessons with continual review are written to the student, and the end result is a user-friendly yet academically rigorous and comprehensive program. To provide exposure to great reading, EDCON and Standards Based study guides provide the literature component.
For Science, the secular packages start out with McRuffy Science for grades 1 and 2, Science Odyssey from Pandia Press for grades 3 through 5, and includes Science and Technology programs from long-time educational publisher Holt for grades 6 to 8. The McRuffy Science courses offer the same user-friendly format providing interesting lessons with an emphasis on hands-on activities. Science Odyssey provides well-constructed lesson plans with a focus on specific branches of science each year. Again, the emphasis is on user-friendly, hands-on activities. The Holt Science and Technology series provides solid, academic content in a traditional format in a colorful textbook format.
The secular History packages for grades 1 to 6 is the myWorld Social Studies series from Pearson Learning. (We previously offered the Core Knowledge series from the same publisher, but it has since become unavailable to us.) The all-encompassing myWorld course uses the medium of storytelling to personally engage students with the stories of the past. Grades 7 and 8 include geography and U.S. history study from Holt. Both include well-illustrated texts to hold a student's attention and all the teaching materials that you will need.