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Homeschooling

Thinking about homeschooling? Whether you are a long-time pro or just starting out, the Richland Library has a wealth of resources to offer.  You might be surprised at how many ways Richland Library can enhance your homeschool journey. We are more than books and movies, although we have plenty of those too!

Planning a unit on ancient Rome? Give us a call and let us know. Our helpful and informed staff will pull resources just right for the ages and stages of your children. Then just come by and look through your stack of materials to check out what is right for you. From making a toga to reading myths aloud, we will have the facts and the fun on your chosen topic.

Looking for an educational field trip? Look no further than your library! We have group options for all ages and will gladly schedule a tour, a special storytime and puppet show, or a research class for your homeschool group. Call (803) 929-3434 and talk to a librarian to see what field trip option would best suit your group.  Let Richland Library have a hand in making your homeschool journey a little easier!

The Richland Library has an excellent collection of resources, listed below, on the how and why to homeschool. Investigate your options by reading about the Montessori method, find Waldorf education resources, and read up on the classical approach to education. Or, blend it all and make up your own eclectic homeschool mix. We have the resources to get you started and keep you motivated along the way.
 


Laura R. Says: This charming book in the Waldorf education tradition is an excellent read for parents of children ages seven and younger. The calm wisdom of Barbara Patterson reminds us that children need gentleness, creativity, and a peaceful home life. This is a lovely introduction to Waldorf and to a more relaxed and playful way to be with young children.
Amazon Says: by Barbara J. Patterson, Pamela Bradley and Jean Riordan (Perfect Paperback - Jan 1, 2000) more...
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Laura R. Says: This book is full of ideas for using your community as your child’s classroom. Take advantage of creative ways to learn in your everyday life in this fun book by Mary Griffith.
Amazon Says: To Unschoolers, Learning Is As Natural As Breathing Did you know that a growing percentage of home schoolers are becoming unschoolers? The unschooling movement is found more...
Amazon Says: To Unschoolers, Learning Is As Natural As Breathing Did you know that a growing percentage of home schoolers are becoming unschoolers? The unschooling movement is founded on the principle that children learn best when they pursue their own natural curiosities and interests. Without bells, schedules, and rules about what to do and when, the knowledge they gain through mindful living and exploration is absorbed more easily and enthusiastically. Learning is a natural, inborn impulse, and the world is rich with lessons to be learned and puzzles to be solved. Successful unschooling parents know how to stimulate and direct their children's learning impulse. Once you read this book, so will you! less...
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Laura R. Says: A homeschool classic, The Well-Trained Mind is the place to start for outlining a rigorous program of study for your student. This book covers preschool to twelfth grade and offers guidance on providing a classical education at home.
Amazon Says: "If you're a parent who has decided to educate your children yourself, this book is the first you should buy."—?Washington TimesThe Well-Trained Mind will instruct you, step more...
Amazon Says: "If you're a parent who has decided to educate your children yourself, this book is the first you should buy."—?Washington TimesThe Well-Trained Mind will instruct you, step by step, on how to give your child an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from preschool through high school—one that will train him or her to read, to think, to ?understand?, to be well-rounded and curious about learning. Veteran home educators Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer outline the classical pattern of education called the trivium, which organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child's mind and comprises three stages: the elementary school "grammar stage," the middle school "logic stage," and the high school "rhetoric stage." Using this theory as your model, you'll be able to instruct your child in all levels of reading, writing, history, geography, mathematics, science, foreign languages, rhetoric, logic, art, and music, regardless of your own aptitude in those subjects. This newly revised edition contains completely updated ordering information for all curricula and books, new and expanded curricula recommendations, new material on using computers and distance-learning resources, answers to common questions about home education, information about educational support groups, and advice on practical matters such as working with your local school board, preparing a high school transcript, and applying to colleges. less...
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Laura R. Says: This detailed guide to writing your teen’s transcripts, course descriptions, and other necessary documents is very helpful and concise. This is a very useful book in planning your teen’s high school experience. It helps to see what you are going to need before you get there. I recommend this book for parents of middle schoolers as well as the high school crowd.
Amazon Says: Give Your Homeschooler the Advantage in the High Stakes College Admission Sweepstakes! Parents who consider homeschooling their children through high school are often consumed more...
Amazon Says: Give Your Homeschooler the Advantage in the High Stakes College Admission Sweepstakes! Parents who consider homeschooling their children through high school are often consumed by insecurity - "Are we ruining their college chances?" Well, worry no more! When it comes to college admissions and scholarships, homeschoolers have what the colleges are looking for! "Setting the Records Straight" will provide you the tools and information you need to create homeschool records to perfectly document your amazing homeschool education in a way that will demand attention. You CAN craft high school transcripts and records that gain choice college admission and win BIG scholarships. Lee Binz, The HomeScholar, has helped thousands of parents create outstanding homeschool transcripts and records. Her proven system will teach you how to present your child to colleges in the best possible light. You'll learn: How to build a winning homeschool transcript, regardless of your homeschool methods or style. How to create credible grades and credits, even if you don't give tests How to provide the exact records the colleges are looking for. "Your transcripts and records were the best organized and documented I have seen." - Bryan Jones, Associate Admissions Director at Seattle Pacific University "This is a must-read for those of us planning to homeschool through high school. If you are thinking about high school records, this book will answer all your questions!" - Heidi Strawser, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine "This book was the most VALUABLE tool I've seen on the nuts and bolts of transcripts and course descriptions! You literally answered EVERY question that came to mind." - Lori MacMath, Heart of the Matter Magazine "With humor, understanding, and simple step-by-step instructions, you'll be encouraged and equipped to consolidate your educational experiences with excellence." - Ann Dunagan, Author of The Mission Minded Family less...
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