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    Homeschoolers are underutilizing their local libraries. No, really. Libraries are a free resource that not many of us have really explored the breadth and depth of yet. And I donít just mean what you can check out with your library card - - although donít get me wrong, you can check out a lot of cool stuff.

    Free Homeschool Stuff in Your Library

    Yes, you can get books. Libraries are often the place to find that allusive book that you can't seem to find at the bookstore or thrift store. And, if you look in your libraryís catalog and donít see it, you shouldnít give up. Thatís because most libraries subscribe to this miraculous invention called the ďInterlibrary LoanĒ service. Are you able to locate the book you need by searching for it on WorldCat? Then itís very likely your library can order it up for you via interlibrary loan. Now, my library recently added a charge for this service. Itís now $2 per interlibrary loan. But unless itís a book Iím certain we want to keep forever, I still consider this a bargain.
    Yes, you can get movies. It always amazes me how quickly our library gets in new releases. But beyond the entertainment value, there are so many movies, documentaries, and tv series that weíve watched for educational purposes in our homeschool, thanks to the good old local library.

    Yes, libraries have reference books. Have you truly explored all the amazing reference books available at your local library? Beyond the outdated almanacs, encyclopedias, and yearbooks are a vast wealth of eclectic manuals and helps including: career guides, Whoís Who biographies, government documents and statistical reports, nature and wildlife guides, specialized dictionaries, themed atlases and maps, and so much more.

    Often, libraries have computers. When ours has been on the fritz, we have been saved over and over by heading to the library to finish a specific homeschool project or finish an online assignment. Recently, our library even began loaning out Amazon Kindle devices as well for reading on the go!

    But, one of the most underutilized resources sitting right inside your library isnít a book, a movie, or a device. Itís a real live breathing person - - the librarian! If you are lucky enough to have a dedicated childrenís/teenís librarian in your local library, even better. Librarians have some kind of super-human computer like brain or something because they always seem to know where to find what you are looking for. Donít hesitate to ask questions when you are there. As a double bonus, our childrenís librarian uses that super computer brain to remember people, as well, so when weíve been looking to network with other homeschoolers, sheís been helpful to connect us with other families. We love our librarian!

    More Free Homeschool Stuff with Your Library Card

    Beyond all the amazing stuff you can walk around and get in the four walls of your library building, is a vast world of things that your library card and a computer can offer. I am always amazed every time I go to our libraryís website because it seems like theyíve added yet another new subscription to some cool service or resource. And ...
    Published on 07-07-2016 08:09 AM
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    by SHS Admin, Aandwsmom

    Eeeek! Your cute, sweet smelling, little preschooler has turned into a giant-footed, food-scarfing, moody teenager(I swear it happens overnight!) and you just wrapped up Middle School. Now what??

    What lies ahead? High School. What to do? So many choices. Do you send them to public school because you have heard that teaching high school is hard? If you had trouble in high school, you may be feeling that you arenít qualified to teach the subjects you struggled with yourself. So, do you throw in the towel and stop homeschooling?

    You Can Do This!

    Guess what? You can totally homeschool high school and do it with ease! Take it from someone who towed the line when it came to high school. I either had classes that I did fantastic in or I had classes (read: chemistry and algebra) that haunt me still to this day. Was I nervous when it came time to homeschool high school. Yep. Did I want to send them to public school? Nope. They didnít want to go, and I didnít want to send them when they were doing so well with homeschooling.

    The great news is that homeschooling high school doesnít have to mean ďteachingĒ every subject yourself. There are so many outside resources for homeschooling high school. For some reason, outsourcing is overlooked as a key benefit of homeschooling. Iím here to help break through that barrier and show you the incredibly diverse ways you can pull from your community and other places ...
    by Published on 05-17-2016 07:40 AM
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    Teaching science is one of the hardest subjects for most homeschoolers for many reasons, one of which is that the parent feels inadequately prepared to teach science because it was so hard and/or boring when they took science in school. This is exactly why I hate teaching English/grammar/Literature and unfortunately my hatred for writing has rubbed off on my oldest. But you are not too old to learn science along with your children, and with the resources available on the internet, particularly youtube, it can be very entertaining. When people ask me if I feel like Iím wasting my degree in physics staying at home with the kids, I say NO! Iím still learning, in my first year of homeschooling alone, I learned more history than I ever learned in school. Iíve also learned Japanese, some basic piano (before my child shot past me on the learning curve), and a whole lot of science which I did not know 10 years ago.


    Even though I have a degree in physics, that does not mean Iím equally comfortable teaching biology, earth science or chemistry. So last year when I taught high school biology using a college textbook, I was basically one week ahead of the kids. I had never had biology in college and my high school biology class??? I guess I had one but I have absolutely no memories of it. So I was learning as I went and youtube was my hero. The text we used was really good and I understood most of what I read, but it was nice to go to Youtube and watch Hank Green, the Amoeba sisters or Khan Academy explain the concepts as well, not to mention its more fun to watch Crash Course than to read a textbook. Youtube is also a gold mine when looking for labs, especially labs you canít or donít want to do in your kitchen. We actually did quite a bit of dissecting in our biology class and I would watch ...
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