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Love in a Time of Homeschooling

January is a time when many homeschoolers start to get tired and burned out. Spring can seem so far away and the cold weather can limit park days and field trips. This winter, perk up your homeschool with a visit to any Richland Library location and check out these inspiring reads to reboot your homeschool fun. From memoirs of homeschooling to record keeping tips, we have books to perk up your homeschool journey. Share the love of books and enrich your homeschooling experience by using your Richland County Library card to check out up to 60 items at one time.


Laura R. Says: Crafts and projects related to the seasons of the year
Amazon Says: First published more than twenty years ago, The Children's Year has helped generations of families rediscover the pleasures of creating rather than merely consuming. Children more...
Amazon Says: First published more than twenty years ago, The Children's Year has helped generations of families rediscover the pleasures of creating rather than merely consuming. Children get enormous satisfaction from playing with something they have made, but many parents lack creative self-confidence. This book has everything you need to get started, with more than a hundred projects for parents and children to enjoy making together. Simple, well-illustrated instructions demonstrate ways to make children's clothing, toys, and gifts, using natural materials. Organized by seasons, the craft activities include knitted Easter chicks, spring flower fairies, summer leaf prints, cosy slippers, pumpkin lanterns, Christmas calendars, indoor play spaces, and much more. Small items such as a tooth fairy purse can be made in a short time, while larger projects can be enjoyed over a weekend or more. less...
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Laura R. Says: John Holt's books are homeschool classics
Amazon Says: Instead of Education is Holt's most direct and radical challenge to the educational status quo and a clarion call to parents to save their children from schools of all kinds. more...
Amazon Says: Instead of Education is Holt's most direct and radical challenge to the educational status quo and a clarion call to parents to save their children from schools of all kinds. In this breakthrough work Holt lays out the foundation for un-schooling as the vital path to self-directed learning and a creative life. less...
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Laura R. Says: Memoir of a homeschooling year
Amazon Says: “In a world where ‘homeschooling’ is so often misunderstood, discounted, and even ridiculed, Laura Brodie offers a clear-eyed view and makes a valuable contribution to t more...
Amazon Says: “In a world where ‘homeschooling’ is so often misunderstood, discounted, and even ridiculed, Laura Brodie offers a clear-eyed view and makes a valuable contribution to the literature on the subject. This is necessary reading for anyone with an interest not just in homeschooling but in education generally.” — David Guterson “As a parent involved in homeschooling, I highly recommend this book. It’s timely, beautifully written, and must reading for anyone who has ever wondered what homeschooling is all about.” — James Grippando, author of Money to Burn Humorous and heartfelt, this charming memoir tells of a year-long experiment in homeschooling in which the author decides to give her ten-year-old daughter a sabbatical from homework hell and the vicissitudes of one-size fits all traditional public school days. less...
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Laura R. Says: Simple and charming ideas on enjoying the seasons as a family
Amazon Says: Many of us with busy families yearn for a slower and simpler life with our kids—one that is connected to the seasons and the natural rhythm of the year, one that has our chi more...
Amazon Says: Many of us with busy families yearn for a slower and simpler life with our kids—one that is connected to the seasons and the natural rhythm of the year, one that has our children spending more time out of doors rather than in, one that balances out some of the busyness of our lives—the computers, the televisions, the cell phones—with a deeper connection to the Earth and an appreciation for and understanding of the natural world. The Rhythm of Family is a guide to living such a life for any family. Following the course of a year through the passing of the seasons, this book explores the ways we can create deep family connections and meaningful memories through living in tune with the cycles of nature. From stomping around in mud boots in the spring to gathering around the woodstove in winter, our activities naturally change from season to season—from the rhythms of the seasons comes the rhythms in our homes, our hearts, our families, and our every day. Paying attention to these changes slows us down, inspires new types of creative play and exploration, instills a sense of family togetherness, and deepens an awareness of nature and self that can make our lives, days, family, and earth grow stronger. The Rhythm of Family explores what we learn and can gain as parents and families by encouraging and experiencing creativity and nature exploration with our children, the seasons can provide us with a rhythm that brings us close to the earth, and closer to our children. less...
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Laura R. Says: Great ideas for homeschooling your teen
Amazon Says: Debra Bell has helped numerous homeschooled students, including four of her own, gain college admission and win substantial scholarships to the schools of their choice. Now sh more...
Amazon Says: Debra Bell has helped numerous homeschooled students, including four of her own, gain college admission and win substantial scholarships to the schools of their choice. Now she can help you and your child navigate high school at home and successfully transition to the college and adult years. Inside this incredible resource, you will find: *Tools for developing critical and creative thinking skills *Study-smart strategies for maximized learning *What to do if your child is behind or ahead *How to help your teen discern his gifts and calling *How to prepare your child for high school during grades 6 through 8 Here are all the forms, charts, and resources you will need to teach your child through high school, as well as a guide to taking advantage of new media and the best online learning opportunities. Learn what college admissions officers say they look for in a prospective student and how you can help your teen apply for and receive merit-based scholarships and maximum financial aid. There's also a bonus section on making the most of the college years. less...
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Laura R. Says: Thoughts about homeschooling and socialization
Amazon Says: Socialization may well be the single most important aspect of education today. With high and rising rates of divorce, drug abuse, youth violence, alcoholism, teen promiscuity, more...
Amazon Says: Socialization may well be the single most important aspect of education today. With high and rising rates of divorce, drug abuse, youth violence, alcoholism, teen promiscuity, and so forth, we cannot afford to let this issue go unexamined.To cling to the idea that what we, as a culture, are doing now is the right and best way for all children simply because it is what we are used to is to shut our eyes and minds to other possibilities-possibilities that may well afford greater happiness, success, peace, and safety to our own children.At a time when people feel more disconnected than ever before, we cannot afford to overlook or allow ourselves to be blinded to an option which offers great benefits, including a rich, fulfilling, and healthy social life, that our children may well need for the future. Homeschooling offers great social benefits to kids and parents. And when we understand them, our children are the ones who will win. less...
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Laura R. Says: Memoir of a homeschooling year
Amazon Says: A year of homeschooling. What could possibly go wrong? In this honest and wry memoir, popular blogger, author, and former child actor Quinn Cummings recounts her fami more...
Amazon Says: A year of homeschooling. What could possibly go wrong? In this honest and wry memoir, popular blogger, author, and former child actor Quinn Cummings recounts her family’s decision to wade into the unfamiliar waters of homeschooling – the fastest-growing educational trend of our time -- despite a chronic lack of discipline, some major gaps in academic knowledge, and a serious case of math aversion. (And that’s just Quinn.) Quinn’s fearless quest includes some self-homeschooling – reading up on education reform, debating the need for “socialization,” and infiltrating conferences filled with Radical Unschoolers as well as Christian fundamentalists (and even chaperoning a homeschool prom). Part personal narrative, part social commentary, and part how-not-to guide, The Year of Learning Dangerously will make you laugh and make you think. And there may or may not be a quiz at the end. OK, there’s no quiz. Probably. less...
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