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

2 Replies to “Secular CM: Math, Science & Nature”

  1. Hi! I am soooo very happy you compiled this list for the rest of us! Thank you!! I was just curious, before looking into each book, are these just for a range of ages? I have a 6th grader and a 4.5 year old. I’ll be homeschooling this year for the first time and doing the cm approach (for the most part, loosely). I bought a curriculum set this first year (timberdoodle’s secular packages) and then I plan to add in living books..I hope it works! I am so nervous, but I’ve read that’s to be expected πŸ™‚ thanks again, I love stumbling on resources like this. And your site is ADORABLE!

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Carre! Are you in Fresno? We have some local groups I’d hook you up with if you are.

      And also, have you checked out the podcast “Savvy Homeschool Moms” yet? It’s a podcast I do with a friend of mine, and its really great for people just starting out at homeschooling (as well as veteran homeschoolers), and you can ask questions on our website or Facebook or Twitter and we might answer them on the show. Thought you might want to check that out: and and

      As for the books…I believe they are multi-age, for the most part, but I don’t know on all of them as I haven’t check them all out personally. A good way to find out would be to look them up on Amazon. Thanks for the idea of age appropriateness, though, because I might want to put that info in there someday…When I can find the time, LOL! πŸ™‚

      Good luck to you! You’ll do just fine! Its not easy but its also not rocket science. πŸ™‚ Homeschooling is really just extra parenting. πŸ™‚ And the fun part is that you get to learn right along side them in many cases! πŸ™‚ Have fun with it!

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