Secular CM: Math, Science & Nature

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Math Books/Resources:

  • Living Math website
  • Math Through Children’s Literature: Making the NCTM Standards Come Alive, by Kathryn L. Braddon, Nancy J. Hall, and Dale B. Taylor
  • Mathematicians are People, Too, by Luetta Reimer and Wilbert Reimer
  • Shiller Math–Montessori Homeschooling Math Curriculum
  • Right Start Math–created by a Montessori teacher, uses an abacus and many hands-on activities to develop visual learning of math concepts.
  • “Sir Cumference” books by Cindy Neuschwander and Wayne Geehan
  • What’s Your Angle Pythagoras by Julie Ellis
  • Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares, by Frank Murphy and Richard Walz
  • The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat by Theoni Pappas
  • Grandfather Tang’s Story (Dragonfly Books) by Ann Tompert
  • The Penny Pot (MathStart 3) by Stuart J. Murphy and Lynne Woodcock Cravath
  • Archimedes and the Door of Science (Living History Library) by Jeanne Bendick

Science/Nature Resources:

  • Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock
  • “One Small Square” Series, by Donald Silver
  • Noeo Homeschool Science Curriculum–mostly secular (but not entirely), combines classical ed with Charlotte Mason (living book approach)
  • My Friends the Wild Chimpanzees, by Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall
  • The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon, by Jacqueline Davies and Melissa Sweet
  • “Let’s Read and Find Out Science” series
  • Adventures With A Hand Lens, by Richard Headstrom
  • Katya’s Book of Mushrooms by Katya Arnold
  • “My World of Science” series by Angela Royston
  • My World Science–science curriculum based on CM (living book approach)…No longer being produced, I linked to the archived website, since the site is no longer up. You may be able to find this curriculum used online somewhere.
  • “R.E.A.L. Science” curriculum–secular science curriculum (author is a Darwinian scientist)…and here’s their yahoogroup.
  • Top Science
  • Adventures with Atoms and Molecules, by Robert C. Mebane and Thomas R. Rybolt (“Adventures with Science” series…many other books in this series, search for the series name.)
  • Fizz, Bubble & Flash!: Element Explorations & Atom Adventures for Hands-On Science Fun! (Williamson Kids Can! Series) by Anita, Ph.D. Brandolini and Michael P. Kline (many other books in this series on various subjects…do a search for the series to see more)
  • The Mystery of the Periodic Table (Living History Library–search for this series, there are more books) by Benjamin Wiker and Jeanne Bendick
  • Dawn Publications–book seller, secular, “Sharing Nature With Children Books”
  • Science Explorer series
  • Real Science 4 Kids–not entirely secular…the author is a believer in intelligent design, although most of her books are said to not reflect this…some secular CM’rs still choose to use this curriculum because of its actual science, which was more rigorous than some other programs.
  • Nature’s Building Blocks: An A-Z guide to the Elements, by John Emsley
  • Living Learning Books
  • Living Science series
  • The Story of Science series, by Joy Hakim
  • Dr. Jenner and the Speckled Monster: The Discovery of the Smallpox Vaccine
  • Fun With Nature: Take-Along Guide by Mel Boring, Diane L. Burns, Leslie A. Dendy, and Linda Garrow
  • Kingdoms of Life
  • Taxonomy–Naming and Classifying Organisms
  • The Taxonomy Page and Mammals Chart
  • Jim Arnosky’s Outdoor Journal
  • Journey North: A Global Study of Wildlife Migration
  • Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You (Paperback) by Clare Walker Leslie
  • The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton W. Burgess
  • The Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton W. Burgess
  • Archimedes and the Door of Science (Living History Library) by Jeanne Bendick
  • “A Science I Can Read Book” series
  • books by Millicent Selsam
  • A Nest of Wood Ducks by Evelyn Shaw
  • Alligator by Evelyn Shaw, illustrated by Frances W. Zweifel
  • Elephant Seal Island by Evelyn Shaw, illustrated by Cherryl Pape
  • Woodchuck by Faith McNulty
  • The Day the Dinosaurs Died by Charlotte Lewis Brown and Phil Wilson; Dr. Brown is (was?) a paleontologist
  • Dinosaur Time by Peggy Parish
  • Dinosaur Hunter by Elaine Marie Alphin
  • Emma’s Strange Pet [a lizard, if I recall correctly] by Jean Little
  • Catch a Whale By the Tail by Edward R. Ricciuti, illustrated by Geoffrey Moss; about beluga whales
  • An Animal for Alan by Edward R. Ricciuti
  • The Penguins Are Coming! by R.L. Penney (this one was written in 1969 by Penney who at the time was studying Adelie penguins at the NY Zoological Society/Bronx Zoo and had then made five trips to Antarctica.)
  • Barn Owl by Phyllis Flower
  • Steven and the Green Turtle by William J. Cromie
  • Hill of Fire by Thomas Lewis & Joan Sandin, about a volcano in Mexico
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