I’ve heard a lot of Pagan parents say that they wish they could find some Pagan curriculum. Well, I have to say that unless I am seriously misinformed, there is no such thing out there. It did get me thinking about what a Pagan curriculum might look like.
I’d like to think that the worksheets here at Little Pagan Acorns might help add some “Pagan-ness” to your otherwise secular homeschooling, but here are some ideas that would go beyond that to give a spiritual center to your teachings that matches your faith.
Now this isn’t supposed to be a complete Pagan curriculum, just a few ideas to get you headed in the right direction.
History and geography can take a Pagan slant if you focus on the regions and time periods that are related to your path. You can also branch out and do the same thing for other Pagan faiths that you don’t personally follow. Learning about ancient Egypt and ancient Greece are fairly common homeschool topics, buy why not put a little more emphasis on the temples or religious sites of the era. What were the practices of the time, and how are they different now? Where did people worship certain Gods or Goddesses the most? Why?
Math isn’t going to be very Pagan no matter what you do, but you can jazz up your practice work with Pagan images and symbols.
You can do all kinds of reading and activities about seasons and the cycles of the year as you learn more about various Sabbats or other sacred days. Not all Pagan faiths follow a calendar that is nature-based, but you can take this approach if it suits you. Crafts, art, and cooking can all be tailored to follow the traditions of the sacred holidays.
Literature can be tough. If you take a similar approach as the history/geography one above, then you can find all sorts of historical fiction from the right eras to tie in with your Pagan roots. I do have a small selection of other Pagan books for kids, though they are a mix of fiction and non-fiction. Most tend to be neo-Pagan or Wiccan. Feel free to let me know of any great books you know that I could add.
Spelling, handwriting and vocabulary work is a little easier for a Pagan curriculum, though there aren’t many sources. You can find these here at Little Pagan Acorns.
I thought I would add a few resources for secular curriculum, which continues to offer a few choices away from the overly-religious Christian packages. Oak Meadow is a complete curriculum, and the others all handle certain subject areas (click on any of them to visit their sites):
- Oak Meadow
- Singapore Math
- Explode the Code
- Saxon Math
- Growing with Grammar
- Wordly Wise
- World History for Us All
- Mr. Q Classic Science
I’ll make up a more complete list of curriculum options later, but this is a place to start. Who knows, maybe I’ll create a whole bundled Pagan curriculum of my own eventually.
Update: since writing this article, I have launched Year and a Day Academics (yaada.pub) with a modest offering of more serious academic products for Pagan homeschoolers. Still getting material put together, but you can check it out.