Deluxe Charts: KEY



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The Deluxe Charts - for Ages 0-5 and Ages 5-18 - as well as the charts listed under our Special Projects category, contain a great deal of information about each resource provider. The content of each column is described here:

 NAME
The name of each resource provider is linked to the company website.
 CCS
The abbreviations indicate each provider’s position on the Common Core Standards (CCS), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and/or College, Career, and Civic Life Framework (C3). We have been asked to make special note of providers that are independent of the CCS/NGSS/C3; we have done so by highlighting in yellow. And, if the label appears in red, we have added an extra explanatory note, available via the Common Core Project Master Lists or the Chart Notes, below. Definitions for each abbreviation can be found on the Common Core Project Master Lists main page.
AGE
We indicate the estimated age range for which the providers say their materials are generally appropriate. We do not use “grade level” designations because such labeling is an artificial construct that is irrelevant in home-based learning. If a resource is primarily intended for boys (B) or girls (G), we include an additional notation.
 STYLE/APPROACH
We list the style(s)/approach(es) a provider uses, which we developed in part by referring to a Homeschool Philosophies Quiz  developed by the author of Eclectic Homeschooling. Most labels – Charlotte Mason/Living Books, Classical, Delight-Directed/Guided Unschooling, Montessori/Reggio/Waldorf, Principle Approach, Project-Based Learning, Unit Studies – are self-explanatory for those familiar with the styles and/or are defined as part of the quiz, but a few require additional explanation:

Roadschooling – learning by travel – is not listed on the style quiz. However, we felt it was important to include this category, which might be used for Delight-Directed/Guided Unschooling, Project-Based Learning, and/or as "just" an idea bank for possible "field trips."

Tutorial is likewise not listed on the quiz. However, in our research we came to feel it was worth distinguishing this category from the Traditional/School-Style approach, with which it has some similarities. Thus, for our purposes, Tutorial resources refer to material that has either been purposely designed for individual, one-on-one/mentoring-style instruction and/or (in regards to online products) employs the use of artificial intelligence/adaptive technology to customize for each individual learner as s/he proceeds through lessons.

And, though Traditional/School-Style is similar in some ways to the Tutorial category, we came to feel that the two approaches are different enough to warrant making a distinction. Thus, for our purposes, Traditional/School-Style refers to material that – though available to home educators – was initially designed for group instruction within institutional schools (whether public or private), relies heavily on school-style constructs (i.e., textbooks, workbooks, tests/quizzes, distinguishing by "grade level"), and/or (as with online instruction) employs a group study/lecture-style approach.

 WORLDVIEW
"A worldview is a theory of the world, used for living in the world. A worldview is a mental model of reality — a framework of ideas [and] attitudes about the world, ourselves, and life, a comprehensive system of beliefs — with answers for a wide range of questions." And every person comes at life from a particular worldview perspective. Of course, we often hold at least parts of our worldview subconsciously, but that view nevertheless affects everything we say and do in one way or another. Thus, each publisher of resources created for home-educating parents employs a particular worldview perspective that is inevitably reflected in one way or another in its materials.

We have found material from many perspectives:

·      Buddhist
·      Christian
      Catholic
      Messianic
      Orthodox
      Protestant
      Amish/Mennonite (Amish/Menno)
      Assemblies of God (AoG)
      Baptist
      Charismatic/Pentecostal (Charis/Pente)
      Evangelical/Reformed (Evan/Reform)
      Lutheran
      Methodist
      Seventh-Day Adventist
      General
·      Freemasonry
·      Jehovah’s Witness
·      Jewish
·      Latter Day Saint
·      Muslim
·      New Age
·      Non-Sectarian
·      Pagan
·      Quaker
·      Scientologist
·      Secular
·      Unitarian Universalist

When we can't determine the particular denominational view of a Christian resource, we list it as Christian: General.

When we refer to a resource as Secular, we mean it promotes Agnosticism, Atheism, and/or Secular Humanism, or that it is marketed for use in the public/government schools (even though homeschoolers also have access to it).

In contrast, we use the term Non-Sectarian to refer to homeschool-specific material that doesn't obviously promote any other perspective – i.e., it is as "neutral" as possible where worldview is concerned – and, thus, might be comfortably used by people who embrace a variety of the other perspectives.

 ORIGINS
This column indicates which perspective on the origin of the universe (and evolution) – Young-Earth, Old-Earth, or Neutral – the resource espouses, according to clear information provided on a company’s website. Though mainly relevant to history and science, we have also included the listings for other content areas for which we felt it might be relevant. If a space is blank, we do not have a clear indication of the provider’s position.

Generally speaking, Old-Earth resources teach that the universe is billions of years old and that macro-evolution provides a logical explanation for the formation and development of life on Earth.
In contrast, Young-Earth resources teach that the universe is six to ten thousand years old and that macro-evolution does not provide a logical explanation for the formation and development of life on Earth. Neutral resources do not take a position on the age of the universe or macro-evolution. Rather than delve into “pre-history” or theoretical science, these providers have chosen to focus their materials on recorded history and/or applied, observational science.

 ONLINE?
An X indicates that a company incorporates online delivery of some sort for at least some – if not all – of its content. This might include actual online instruction (i.e., online classes) and/or other significant online resources (i.e., website links) that must be used directly online. This notation does not include reference to eBooks, PDFs, etc. (material that can be downloaded, printed out, and used offline).

 APPS?

 An X indicates that a company has developed apps of some sort.
 FREE?
While it must be acknowledged that one cannot expect to home-educate one's children without incurring some financial costs – in other words, homeschooling is not really free – an X here indicates that a provider offers some or all of its material for free.

 OTHER?
An X indicates that we have gathered additional, relevant information about the resource, which we detail via the Chart Notes, below. For convenience, the Chart Notes also include – if its CCS label appears in red – notes about providers’ position on the CCS/NGSS/C3.


CHART NOTES


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