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It seems like the majority of catalogs I've gotten have this christian slant to them,and while I respect everyone's right to freedom of religion and beliefs I don't really want to give my $ to companies that sell books that go against my personal beliefs. Some of these books are sexist,anti-enviornmentalist, or anti-scientific. Some of these catalogs have pro-war and pro-Bush merchandise tucked in amongst the curriculum selections.Anybody know a good leftie-friendly source for homeschooling?
 

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I like Rainbow Resources <a href="http://www.rainbowresource.com/index.php" target="_blank">http://www.rainbowresource.com/index.php</a> It is not secular.<br><br>
As for the books you are complaing about you often can find the same books, or simular ones at Amazon.com.
 

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I have been searching and searching and I can't seem to find one, so I am interested in any information that you might get. We don't do a curriculum, but there are certain supplies that we would like to obtain- and when I look at school supply catalogs the quantities are just too big because they are meant for classrooms. Our search for homeschool suppliers has yielded the same results that yours have. However, we will do without rather than passively support a right-wing agenda. I am all in favor of people following their own paths and their own beliefs only as long as they are in favor of letting others follow their own paths and beliefs.
 

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<a href="http://www.fun-books.com/" target="_blank">http://www.fun-books.com/</a><br><br>
There are also some non-homeschooling-specific catalogs with cool stuff and no religious slant, like Acorn Naturalist. You can also order from the same catalogs schools order from - Nasco, Discount School Supply, Lakeshore, and any of the big curriculum companies.<br><br>
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I've looked, too, and couldn't find anything so I am in the process of starting my own company for just this purpose. For the time being, though, we're pretty much catch-as-catch can in terms of resources and supplies. Rainbow Resource is v. comprehensive and they seem like nice people so when I'm really stuck I go there but would prefer to have another option, you know? They seem so <i>shocked</i> to find out that some educational materials discuss evolution that I can't help but think we're not on the same page about so many things that are important to me. So, I hear you.<br><br>
If you're looking for a specific type of resource or a book on a given subject be sure to ask here - you'll likely get some excellent responses. My thread seeking pre-school level evolution resources resulted in some wonderful things I had never heard of before and that we're using now.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I was actually thinking of ordering from Rainbow because it is so comprehensive but found a "support president Bush" sticker offered in their catalog.It took me about 6 months to find it cuz their catalog is so thick,lol. We haven't been using any real curriculum,kind of unschooling but I think dd needs a bit more structure so I'm looking at alot of stuff. There definately seems to be a need in the market for a more progressively-minded catalog!
 

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FTR right wing does not necessarily equal Christian (or vice versa)
 

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True 'nuff, annettemarie! I'm your basic lefty, feminist Christian homeschooling for secular reasons. It's enough to make Mary Pride's head spin. :LOL
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">True 'nuff, annettemarie! I'm your basic lefty, feminist Christian homeschooling for secular reasons. It's enough to make Mary Pride's head spin. :LOL</div>
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We are looking at Sonlight, <a href="http://www.sonlight.com" target="_blank">www.sonlight.com</a>. They are more conservative than we are as a family but do have a more global perspective and are not as overly fundamentalist as some. Their curriculum is a literature-based curriculum, which is attractive to our family. My son is 3 so we are just beginning.
 

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Did any of you look at <a href="http://www.fun-books.com" target="_blank">http://www.fun-books.com</a> ? It really is a completely secular homeschooling catalog, run by a really nice guy and his family, to boot. Or is the unschooling part turning people off? They sell some actual curriculum - for math, they sell Harold Jacobs, Miquon, Key to, and more... there is an unschooling slant to it - there are lost of games and fun things - but they also carry more traditional curriculum stuff... and in the past, I know Billy has been able to order other things for people.<br><br>
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I also feel a little uneasy about ordering from Rainbow Resource. They are definitely Christian-centered. In fact, their "Jewish" section of materials is all messianic (Jesus believing) books, and this is not readily apparent unless you know the literature they present and messianic terminology, which is often disguised to "look and sound" Jewish.<br><br>
Also, I noticed their secion about Islam contained only anti-Islamic books.<br><br>
Rainbow Resource's science section is almost entirely creationist.<br><br>
I don't know, I do respect everyone's right to their own religion, but there is an awful lot of heavy handed Christain stuff out there for homeschoolers.
 

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I don't mind the religious materials personally, but I thought I'd show this to ya'll: <a href="http://www.goddessmooncirclesacademy.org/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.goddessmooncirclesacademy.org/index.html</a><br><br>
Technically, it's religious too, but it's not "Christian". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Did any of you look at <a href="http://www.fun-books.com" target="_blank">http://www.fun-books.com</a> ? It really is a completely secular homeschooling catalog, run by a really nice guy and his family, to boot. Or is the unschooling part turning people off? They sell some actual curriculum - for math, they sell Harold Jacobs, Miquon, Key to, and more... there is an unschooling slant to it - there are lost of games and fun things - but they also carry more traditional curriculum stuff... and in the past, I know Billy has been able to order other things for people.<br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Just took a look Dar! I didn't spend too much time there right now, but I checked to see if they have the "Story of the World" series and they do. I think we'll be getting that eventually. I also took a quick look at the Geography/Cultures section (since that is an area of interest for dd), and they have some *beautiful* books. I think I'll have to get <i>Material World: A Global Family Portrait</i>. This site is going to cost me some bucks -- thanks a <i>lot</i>! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I also feel a little uneasy about ordering from Rainbow Resource. They are definitely Christian-centered. In fact, their "Jewish" section of materials is all messianic (Jesus believing) books, and this is not readily apparent unless you know the literature they present and messianic terminology, which is often disguised to "look and sound" Jewish.<br></div>
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My friend calls that the "Jews are stupid" section and just rips it right out of the catalog! It does make me feel uncomfortable to some extent, but I try and ignore it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My friend calls that the "Jews are stupid" section and just rips it right out of the catalog! It does make me feel uncomfortable to some extent, but I try and ignore it.</div>
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Thanks for posting this question, I'm learning so much from you homeschoolers.
 

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Try <a href="http://www.FrankSchaffer.com" target="_blank">www.FrankSchaffer.com</a><br><br>
I just got a couple of their catalogs today and they look pretty good. They seem pretty reasonable and they have a 20% off with free shipping for orders over $35.
 
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