Absolute clever ways to use the library in your homeschooling
Dear Home Engineer,
You have considered the library but have not really dived into all the ways you can use it in your homeschool. Well, the great news is that most of the hard work has been done for you. In this post, you will learn of the absolute clever ways to use your local library in your homeschooling.
The library provides so many resources and opportunities for students to sharpen their skills and explore their academic interests.
It may seem old fashioned to take your child to the library even when there is so much at your disposal on your computer and other electronic devices.
But if we look closely there are clever ways to provide opportunities for your kids using the library.
You’ll see that it’s more than just checking out a few books for reading time.
In this post, we will learn the clever ways to use the library for your first year of homeschooling.
Use Library as a Homeschool curriculum finder
The first clever way is to use the library is using it as a homeschool curriculum Finder.
Browsing through different curriculums can work as a supplement to what you are already doing or a switcheroo option for a more effective curriculum for a struggling student.
At the Library, you can rent out the curriculum and try it out with your child for a few weeks. If it’s a good fit, then make that purchase at a later time.
The last thing you want is to make an impulsive purchase to later find out that it wasn’t a good fit.
You can start your search today by downloading the Library extension on your browser, whether it be on Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.
After you install the extension, follow the instructions of inputting your state and adding the local libraries near you. Then you can just search through Google for a curriculum and the library extension sidebar will appear.
This will allow you to see instantly any books and e-book availability from your local library.
Lastly, several libraries offer a book suggestion option. If for some reason your local library does not carry an item you are searching for, email the librarian. Then ask about who to contact for a book suggestion inquiry.
Once you get a hold of the contact person, you can then give them the list of the books and they will let you know if the library budget permits the purchase.
Several libraries have set aside funds for special inquires from the community. Pretty cool right?
A Platform for homeschool socialization
The second clever way to use the library is for homeschool socialization.
Many times you’ll hear the myth of homeschoolers being anti-social. Well, I will let you in on a secret, that myth has been debunked for a while now.
Yes, it can appear homeschoolers are anti-social when the majority of the time they are with parents or extended family.
But that is not the case for an active homeschooling family.
An active homeschool family schedule includes community events, field trips, and opportunities to interact with the world around them
One example of this is using the library.
Homeschoolers have an opportunity to interact with different age groups from the librariarn to participating with other kids at the homework help center.
In addition, several families take part in cultural events and family nights. The programs available are mostly free or low cost.
The art and crafts programs are my favorite. Not only will you save money but also time. Instead of purchasing more supplies for craft time at home, go to the library.
Teaching accountability and responsiblity
The third clever way is teaching responsibility through library card ownership.
This life skill can go a long way. Having a child be taught the basics of library card ownership is a step in the right direction of teaching accountability and responsibility.
Learning to use the kiosk in the library, as well as the practice of turning in books on time, will build confidence and responsibility in your student.
Your student can register their own card online and keep track of the deadline. And if they are late in their fees have them pay for it.
I mean you do you in your homeschool but in my home, if books are late the child pays the fees.
Hey, it is one way of teaching accountability and responsibility early on.
Research skills and Dewey decimal system
The fourth way to cleverly use the library is learning research skills.
Have you ever wondered how books are categorized or organized in a library? A very common way is known as the Dew Decimal System. It’s universal almost in every library.
Before the internet existed this was how the majority of students looked for books in the library.
If you would like your child to go more in-depth on learning the Dewey Decimal System Ron Paul Curriculum is one way to go.
In the 4th grade Online English class the English teacher goes over many imporant grammar skills and towards the end, she covers dictionary skills and the Dewey decimal system.
It’s unheard of now and days for teachers to go over this important skill, but not for Ron Paul Curriculum.
You can test drive any course for free so its worth a try to check this one out.
The Research skill will come in handy when it comes to your child needing to find more information about a topic you are discussing in your homeschool.
Your child can look online or go to the library and easily locate the books they need for their assignment.
Even with all the internet access easily available, the skill of knowing how to reference a book for research will do good for your child to learn.
Free resources to help strengthen foundation Skills
The fifth way to use the library is through familarizing yourself with the E-learning database page. They might look slightly different depending on where you live.
This is a great tool to familiarize yourself with your first year of being home.
You will quickly learn that you can do homeschool very cheaply or even free! Especially after having access to this valuable gem.
So take a look at your local library database and access the free academic platform for your homeschool today.
Below is a mild list of the most mentioned free databases in E-learning libraries.
Elementary free homeschool resources
Other Awesome Free Homeschool Resources
- EBSCO Learning Express
- MANGO Language
- Meet Libby – a fresh and easy way to borrow from your local library reading, app downloads onto iPad or phone
- Gale Testing and Education Reference Center from Gale, a prestigious site that is also used in colleges for researching.
- scholarship and financial aid search tool
- Career online Highschool
- legal forms for free
- health and wellness resource
- Chilton library – auto repair info reference site
- Driver test online practice test
The list is extensive and as I mentioned earlier all the databases can be located in the E-learning section of your library website. It’s amazing how much quality free resources are accessible through the library.
The clever thing to do is to check the databases first before you spend your money elsewhere.
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- A Quality Self-Teaching Curriculum for Beginner Readers
- A simple homeschool supply checklist to create a homeschool environment your first-year
Much was shared and I hope you’ve finished reading this post with more than enough tools to help you in your first year of homeschooling.
I’ve been homeschooling for six years and no words can express how much I appreciate the library.
To this day I still use the free resources. My favorite is Lynda.com since it has helped me learn so much about my new skill trade, blogging
You can also take on a new trade and use the resources from the library to help guide you in whatever you set out to pursue.
Whether it’s helping your child learn phonics, or helping your teenager learn interview and resume skills, or helping yourself learn Excel.
The library is for all ages and like I’ve mentioned before, the cleverest thing you can do is check out what your library has to offer first before you make any sudden purchases.
Veronica (Your Home Engineer Friend)