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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: Simple, well-illustrated instructions demonstrate how to make children's clothing, toys and gifts using natural materials. Organised by seasons, the craft activities include k more...
Amazon Says: Simple, well-illustrated instructions demonstrate how to make children's clothing, toys and gifts using natural materials. Organised by seasons, the craft activities include knitted Easter chicks, spring flower fairies, summer leaf prints, cosy slippers and pumpkin lanterns, Christmas calendars and indoor 'dens'. Small toys such as a tooth fairy purse can be made in an hour or two, while bigger projects can be enjoyed over a weekend or longer. less...
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Laura R. Says: Inspiring thoughts on homeschooling and self-discovery
Amazon Says: Are children empty boxes into which we pour knowledge and wisdom? Or are they naturally predisposed to acquire these things? David H. Albert presents a collection of articles more...
Amazon Says: Are children empty boxes into which we pour knowledge and wisdom? Or are they naturally predisposed to acquire these things? David H. Albert presents a collection of articles laden with gems, -including the single most important lesson to teach a child. -Topics include:How children learn to read. "Perfection"—Why children are perfectionists and how to respond. How to encourage your child to seek greater challenges and achievements. Teens and what to do about them. Why the testing is destroying our schools."Once again David Albert applies his genius to children."—John Gatto, -author of the bestseller, Dumbing Us DownDavid H. Albert is the author of And the Skylark Sings with Me. 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: After years of watching her eldest daughter, Julia, struggle in a highly regimented public school system, Laura Brodie was determined to teach her ten-year-old at home for a more...
Amazon Says: After years of watching her eldest daughter, Julia, struggle in a highly regimented public school system, Laura Brodie was determined to teach her ten-year-old at home for a year. Although friends were skeptical and her husband predicted disaster, Brodie had visions of one ideal year of learning. But can one year of homeschooling make a difference? And what happens to the love between mother and daughter when fractions and spelling enter the relationship? One Good Year is a funny and inspiring story of human foibles and human potential, in which love, anger, and hope mingle with reading, math, and American history. 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: Record keeping ideas to get your high school student organized
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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The Story of the World: Ancient Times by Jeff (Illustrator) Bauer S. Wise / West
Laura R. Says: History made easy
Amazon Says: A guide to ancient times, discussing events, people, and practices around the world, from the first nomads to the fall of the Roman empire. Title: The Story of the Worl more...
Amazon Says: A guide to ancient times, discussing events, people, and practices around the world, from the first nomads to the fall of the Roman empire. Title: The Story of the World Author: Bauer, S. Wise/ West, Jeff (ILT) Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc Publication Date: 2006/09/30 Number of Pages: 338 Binding Type: HARDCOVER Library of Congress: bl2006027243 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 fam 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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