Homeschooling has become a popular alternative to traditional schools. It is estimated that in 2012, about 1.8 million students were homeschooled in the United States – more than twice as many as were just 13 years earlier. And by all indications, more the number of homeschooling families appears to be growing each year. Many students can learn so much while being home schooled. From understanding college essay hooks, how to write a book report or even create presentations, there is nothing that you cannot learn while you are being taught at home. It is important to make the most out of this.
Another study has found that 78 percent of homeschooling families use the public library as their primary source of books and/or curriculum. Public libraries have always been in the business of offering information to everyone in the community, particularly those who may not otherwise have access to it. Assisting homeschooling families is one of many ways we do this. Homeschooling families may not have access to the textbooks, technology, or school libraries that students at traditional schools have, but fortunately, public libraries are here to help. There are also other resources that could prove to be helpful for homeschooling, for example, there are things like clear dry erase paint that makes teaching more straightforward. There are also items that could help make learning more interactive, coloring books, for the young children with something similar to these Promotion Choice crayons as well as others items and books from the library could make learning more interactive.
Here are some of the ways that public libraries can assist homeschooling families:
- Items to Check Out: Whether you’re looking for a book to help with early literacy, a junior fiction book for a book report, a nonfiction book to help with a research paper, or an educational DVD, we can help you find what you need. If our library doesn’t have it, we can help you obtain it through interlibrary loan.
- Programs: We frequently host story times and other educational programs that can supplement your lesson plans.
- Summer Reading Program: This is a great way to encourage all children to keep reading while school is out. Our 2017 program will run from June 12 to July 31.
- Computer Use: If your children need to browse the internet for a project or use Microsoft Word to type a paper, patrons with a library card may sign in to one of our computers so they can complete their assignment.
- Databases: Check out MeL.org/databases to see some great electronic resources for patrons of all ages, including students. Our staff can assist you in using them as well.
- Meeting Rooms: If you need a quiet place to study or to get your homeschool group together, we have both small study rooms and larger meeting rooms to accommodate you. We also have projectors and a TV with a DVD player if you need to view a presentation or watch a movie.
- Friends’ Treasure Shoppe: The Friends of the Library are frequently stocking their book sale room with a variety of books for all ages at great prices. Homeschooling families can find both educational and recreational materials.
- Volunteer Opportunities: We often need students to help with our events. One great opportunity is to become a Junior Friend and help us with our Summer Reading Program. Starting May 1, students at least 12 years old can sign up to help with the 2017 program.
- Staff: Our staff is always available to assist you with finding materials to check out, suggesting children’s books to read, or using the computers.
If you’re a parent who is considering homeschooling as an option for the next school year, or if you already homeschool your children but are looking to make some connections in the community, we invite you to attend our Homeschool Open House on Monday, April 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
And if you’re a homeschooling family looking for support for your educational needs, be sure to pay Lincoln Township Public Library a visit. Our staff would be happy to help you!