Secular Homeschool Curriculum
Moving Beyond the Page is a secular homeschool curriculum. It does not contain any religious teaching or doctrine of any kind. This includes teaching about origins, creation, and biblical teaching about the age of the earth. Our goal is to offer a curriculum that meets the needs hands-on, creative, and gifted learners whether they come from a religious or non-religious household. Because our curriculum is secular, families that school remotely through many charter schools, online schools, or distance education academies can often utilize our curriculum through their public school.
Our Commitment to All Homeschool Families
We believe that it is a parent's right and responsibility to teach their own beliefs. Our job is to give you the tools to provide your children with a quality, rigorous, and engaging education in the academic subject areas.
Families that come from a non-religious or non-christian background have enthusiastically embraced Moving Beyond the Page since there has been so little offered to these groups that varies from the traditional low-level teaching modalities, but many christian families appreciate Moving Beyond the Page's approach as well. There are so many different interpretations of scriptural passages on origins and so many different approaches to science, that many christian families found they disagreed with their christian curriculum as often as they would have disagreed with a secular one. Moving Beyond the Page offers families an option that respects different beliefs and enables parents to teach what they believe. We don't have any desire to usurp a parent's role in this respect.
Many homeschoolers are now working through local charter schools, and because Moving Beyond the Page is a non-religious curriculum, they are able to get funding through their states.
Whether you are a christian or not a christian, you can be confident that Moving Beyond the Page will give you the tools to provide a great education without contradicting your beliefs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you teach evolution?
Our curriculum is based on state and national standards. Evolution doesn't even exist in the standards until 6th or 7th grade in most states, so in the elementary years this is a non-issue. It isn't addressed because children don't have the understanding required to comprehend either the timeframes involved or the mechanisms behind it. In the Age 12-14 level (used most often by 8th graders), there will be one 3-week unit that teaches the fundamentals of evolution. While this unit could very easily be skipped, we highly recommend that all families at least give their children a basic understanding of this topic before moving on to high school.
What do you teach about the age of the earth?
In the lower elementary years of our curriculum, we don't have any direct teaching in this area. Beginning with the Age 10-12 level (most often used by 6th graders) we do include books that teach the generally accepted age of the earth as determined by scientists.
What is your stance on political issues?
Our curriculum is not a platform for current political topics. None are addressed.
If you have any additional questions about our homeschool curriculum and how we address various secular or religious topics, please send us an email at [email protected]