Maria and Nicole at BTDT Homeschool are thrilled that our podcast, website, books and free downloads, and blog posts have been an inspiration and resource for thousands of homeschoolers. As an effort to continue to pay it forward to our own community in North Texas, we decided to create this resource list dedicated to helping our local families find secular resources that align with their family values. This evolving list is a work in progress, and we encourage you help us to continue to update it with accurate information.
Keep in mind that many businesses offer resources afterschool and during the weekends. This list is dedicated to homeschool resources during the school year and during normal public-school hours or a specific resource beloved and catering to homeschoolers. If you don’t see what you are looking for, feel free to take the initiative and reach out to local businesses and ask them to start a homeschool class. There is a good chance that you could create a new resource in your community: Art, Music, Sports, Engineering, Tutoring, and more.
Stay proactive and be your child’s advocate!
What are some reasons to choose a Secular Resource?
Choosing a secular resource may be the right fit for you. It may surprise some people but there are Religious and non-Religious families that seek out secular resources. It isn’t just atheist homeschoolers who are looking for these resources for their children. Families usually chose secular resources or choose a secular curriculum for the following reasons:
1. You aren’t religious
There are many homeschool families who homeschool for non-religious reasons. There is a growing body of homeschoolers who do not follow any sort of religion. These families usually homeschool due to schedule issues, or because they believe their children can get a better education at home. Some homeschoolers may have been raised in a religious home and want to move away from a religion they see as harmful, but still have a personalized faith they want to teach their children on their own terms.
2. Maybe you are religious but not Evangelical Christian
Many homeschoolers of faith are Islamic, Jehovah’s Witness, Jewish, Wiccan, Catholic, Mormon, or follow some another religion. Many homeschool resources follow traditional Evangelical Christian beliefs, which may not be a fit for your family when you follow another religion.
3. You don’t follow the young earth theory
The most common reason homeschoolers seek out secular curriculum and local resources is that they do not believe in the Young Earth science theory. Young Earth theory states that the entire world is somewhere between 6,000 and 10,000 years old, with the world just getting started with the first recorded stories from the Bible. Current scientific theory refutes this claim offering evidence that the earth was formed somewhere around 4.5 billion years ago.
4. You may have a special circumstance
For many families that have a child with special needs or learning differences, homeschooling may be the best choice.
5. You may want to prepare your children like a traditional school
The traditional school system is secular. Religion is not taught in most public schools and universities. Some parents would rather keep religious instruction separate from other subjects in school or teach all world religions equally.