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Being a homeschooler can be tough; not only do you have all of the usual household responsibilities to tend to, but you’re also your child’s teacher and mentor. Finding the time to plan a lesson and gather all of the materials can be difficult, but the library is a valuable resource and we’d love to help you out!

Homeschool teachers can apply for a special library card as an educator, just as a traditional teacher could. They’re a little different than normal cards, so here are the basics:

*You can check out 100 items

*You can request up to 30 items on the same subject

*We’ll renew your items, without you even having to ask, up to five times

*All items that were returned overdue receive a one week grace period where overdue fines are not charged

Sounds great, right? That’s not even the tip of the iceberg! We can also put together a teacher collection for you and save you time. Just let us know what you’re teaching, grade/reading level of your students and when you need it and we’ll have it ready for you to pick up.

You can also request book kits containing 15 copies of the same elementary-level book so that your children or co-op can all read the same book as part of a lesson. We have lots of titles that will keep your kids reading all year long!

We’re not stopping there! We’ve put together curriculum packs, essentially a lesson plan in a bag! They’re bags of materials (books, music, manipulatives, games) geared for elementary-age children on different subjects like fractions, anatomy, poetry and world cultures, just to name a few. You can request these and use them in your classroom as a supplement or as a lesson in itself.

If you’re just getting started on homeschooling and are looking for materials to give you some direction, we can help. Check out this Pinterest board for a selection of books that we carry that will get you started in the right direction. We also have lots of resources to support your homeschool curriculum. Visit any branch for help with your homeschooling needs. We have lots of websites and books that will not only help you get started, but also keep your kids learning all year long.

There are plenty of websites that will help you out, too. Here’s a sampling of the ones we recommend:

http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com

Comprehensive homeschooling information and curriculum resources.

http://www.education.ky.gov

The official website of the Kentucky Department of Education. Provides information about homeschool requirements and answers frequently asked questions.

http://www.eric.ed.gov

ERIC, or Education Resources Information Center, is a national clearinghouse, supported by the U.S. Department of Education, which provides access to more than 1.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education related materials going back to 1966.

http://www.homeschoolinginkentucky.com

Includes articles on the legalities of homeschooling as well as choosing a curriculum.

http://www.homeschoolcentral.com

Creative teaching ideas and hands-on projects.

http://www.thinkathome.com/

Teaching Homes in Northern Kentucky’s website. Includes info on co-ops.

 http://www.homeschoolcentral.com

Creative teaching ideas and hands-on projects.

Be sure to check out our classes for homeschool children at each of our branches!

Homeschooler’s Club: Scales & Tales
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 10:30 – 11:30am
William E. Durr

Homespun – Mix it Up!
Monday, October 27, 2014, 1:30 – 2:30pm
Covington

STEAM Explorers
Thursday, October 30, 2014, 7 – 8pm
Erlanger

Full Calendar

 

 

 

 

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