Here at Homework and Horseplay we are a secular homeschool family. What does this mean? A secular homeschooler is someone who does NOT homeschool for a religious reason, but because it is the right choice for their family.
It is a common belief that all homeschoolers have chosen to homeschool for a relgious reason, but that is as far from the truth as possible with our family. We started our homeschool journey in 2011 after moving to North Carolina. We purchased a home in a desired school district, but after my two oldest children attended their first year there we knew it was not the right fit. On top of being unhappy with our school district, our youngest son was just reaching preschool age. He was diagnosed with Pervasive Development Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS: Autism Spectrum), Dyspraxia, and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). I knew back then that he was not ready to be in a public school system that I was already dissatisfied with, so we treaded into unknown territory and began our homeschooling journey.
So how is our homeschool different from a nonsecular home? The main difference for us is that we teach with an evolution based science curriculum, and do not focus on any one religion. The only time we cover religious materials is in history. We look at it as a part of history, not absolute truth. Our approach may not work for everyone, but that is the true beauty of homeschooling. We all homeschool in our own way for our own reasons.