Homeschooling Resources From Your Library

At the Children’s Desk we get a lot of questions about homeschooling. Some parents are researching the pros and cons of homeschooling instead of sending their child to public school, while others have already made the decision and want to know how to begin. We also get a lot of requests for materials and ideas for curriculum support. For homeschooling information and resources, the library is a great place to start.

  • Do you need to know what Missouri requires for home education? Check out the Home School Legal Defense Association’s (HSLDA) summary analysis of the homeschooling law in Missouri.
  • For curriculum help and teaching activities, we have a number of books available for check out, like Cathy Duffy’s “100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum,” as well as the magazines Practical Homeschooling and Home Education (available at the Columbia Public Library in the children’s area).
  • You can even help your child take classes online through your library! All you need is a library card to access LearningExpress Library, a database that includes courses and practice tests in reading and math, as well as standardized test preparation tools. You can also explore Universal Class, which offers continuing education courses taught by real instructors in subjects like language arts, math, science and history.

Our librarians have collected all of this information and much, much more in our homeschooling subject guide. If you are a homeschooling veteran and know of additional resources we should include, please let us know in the comments. Thanks!

Winter Solstice

Happy winter solstice!  December 21 (or in some years, December 22) marks the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Solstices happen due to the tilting of the Earth on its axis. Did you know that below the Equator, it is summer right now? Where did I get all of this great information? From the World Book Online For Kids. You can access this great online resource for free; all you need is your library card!

Source: “Solstice.” World Book Online For Kids. World Book, 2012. Web. 13 Dec. 2012.