Rainbow Starter Package Secular Grade 4
This package includes the following items:
Our secular packages retain some of the neutral resources from our Christian Packages (like All About Reading, Saxon Math, and Story of the World) with the addition of neutral or secular materials. First Language Lessons is added for grades 2-3, as well as Essentials in Writing/Literature at the upper levels. G.U.M. Drops, Spelling Workout, Ready Readers and Zaner-Bloser Handwriting (2020 ed. used in grades 5-6) are also included to round out language arts. History is world focused in elementary, with Story of the World (Grades 1-4) and History Quest (Grades 5-6). Grades 7-8 add geography tools to the US History Detective series. Science uses Science Odyssey (through Grade 4) and Exploring Science Dimensions (5-7) and, finally, Friendly Physical Science (8).
We currently offer two options for secular packages: secular packages that mirrors our original Christian packages with neutral or secular materials substituted for the faith-based ones and standards-based packages that align more closely with public school curriculum. See each category for more details on the contents included. Please keep in mind that some components of a package may be on backorder and will ship separately from the in-stock items.
"I need your 7th grade curriculum package." How often we've heard similar pleas, but didn't have a package option to offer. Now we do! With the new homeschooler in mind, we wanted them to be easy to jump into and get started. They are! We also wanted them to be solid and strong in academics. They are! And we wanted them to utilize a variety of homeschooling products, so you would have a better idea of what works well for you and your students. They do! Can you tell we're just a bit excited about these packages? They include products we have used in our own schooling. They include products that have a proven track record in terms of success. They include products that are effective with a variety of learning styles. New for 2020, we are offering four packages at each grade level, one that includes items with a Christian perspective, one that includes secular or neutral options, an "economy" package with budget curriculum choices and a standards-based set of curriculum. Getting started - and starting strong - has never been easier.
Complete reviews of included products are found in their appropriate sections of the catalog, but we'll give you the highlights here.
Math for the Christian content starter set is Saxon Math, which has been the homeschooler's good friend for over twenty years. 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 (the teaching words are provided in a "script"). This means little preparation for the teacher - just open the teacher's manual and start reading through the lesson. The lessons encourage teacher-student interaction and you can expect them to take 30 - 45 min. You will need specific manipulatives to complete the course and we offer manipulative kits as required resources with 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. At the 8th grade level you can choose either a starter set with pre-algebra or an "upgrade" which includes Algebra 1. Our sets include texts, solutions manuals, answer keys, and tests.
Language Arts are covered by a variety of products.
At grades K-2, we've included All About Reading, a multisensory phonics and reading program that also covers fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. All About Reading utilizes letter tile magnets, games and engaging readers for a reading program that is fun and engaging for most students. Zaner-Bloser Handwriting is also included, as is Spectrum Writing at grades 1 and 2. For grades 4 - 6, we've chosen to include the Learning Language Arts Through Literature (LLATL) courses plus editing and spelling supplements. LLATL integrates all aspects of language arts instruction - composition, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary - with quality excerpts and book studies from classic children's literature. Books required for the course are included, and the answers are in the Teacher's Manuals. Easy Grammar for grades 4 and 5 provide easy to use grammar instruction. At grade 6-8, we've included Essentials in Writing, a video-based writing and grammar program. Spelling Workout is a phonics-based weekly-list spelling program. Since answers are fairly predictable, we have not included Teacher's Manuals in the sets - purchase additionally, if desired.
For Science from a Christian perspective, Apologia products are hard to beat. With a line of products from K to 12, all facets of science are covered in a manner easy to implement in a homeschool setting, yet the student will be well prepared for college level work in the sciences after graduation. Known for home-friendly experiments (most "ingredients" are household items) and interesting textual information, these courses are a favorite of seasoned homeschoolers. Our sets include the textbook, a solutions manual, and a set of tests for each grade-level course. To make it even more convenient, we have included lab kits which contain all those needed but hard-to-find science items.
For History, the popular Story of the World series is the backbone of the package for grades 2-5. Over four volumes, author Susan Wise Bauer presents history in a story-like format in bite-sized chunks appropriate for one sitting. Accompanying activity book adds review questions, supplemental reading suggestions, map activities, coloring pages, and project suggestions. Three offerings from the Notgrass family focus on history in grades 6, 7, and 8. Good readability, daily lesson plans, Bible study, map and timeline study, extensive reading lists, and even creative writing and suggestions for family activities are included in these courses.
As you progress in your homeschool experience, you will get a better feel for the types of materials that work best for you and your students. But for now, our main goal in putting together these sets is to make it easy for you to get started. We want you to be able to Homeschool with Confidence! ~ Janice
G.U.M.drops Grade 4
All 10 Level 4 Classic Worktexts
Essentials in Writing Level 4 Bundle (Textbook / Workbook, Teacher Handbook and Online Video Subscription) 2nd Edition
Saxon Math 5/4 3ED Homeschool KIT
Daily Reading Comprehension Grade 4
Story of the World Vol. 4 Activity Book (Paperback)
Story of the World Vol. 4: Modern Age sc
MCP Spelling Workout 2001 Homeschool Bundle D
R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey - Physics Level 1
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Grade 4 Student Edition (2016 edition)
11 months ago
Only complaint is time from shipping to receiving. But that is no fault on the company, as I think it may have fallen on my choices. Will update once I receive the rest of my order.
Overall, I would recommend the package and company. As they were the most reasonable price wise and with inventory at the time of purchase.
11 months ago