Educating your children at home? Whether you are homeschooling, virtual schooling, or a hybrid of in between, use these helpful posts, book lists, and activities to meet your family's needs.

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She Changed Her Name

Many generations work together to reveal how Sojourner Truth fits in our history or herstory.

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SC ELA Standard Learning to Read Part 3

Let’s continue to tackle that very important question—how to break a word into syllables. Explore this 2nd grade ELA standard. 

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SC ELA Standards: Writing Part 1

Have fun with your child exploring ways to incorporate writing skills into your daily routine. 

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Back to School... at Home: The Book List

It is time to set up space for your school year. Starting at home? Check out these great titles that will inspire you to create a space that is fun and functional for you and your children. Study, explore, create, and make the grade! 
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Classic Children's Books

Classic books are a part of our society's literary heritage. For good or for ill, they have shaped the world we live in and inform our present while opening windows into our past. Classic books add a rich layer to a child's reading experience and can give teachable moments in the context of a story. Classic titles are also a great choice for advanced readers who are ready for longer books and more complex language. Choose one of these titles to read together or independently. 
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Homeschooling Winter Holidays

The holiday season is full of teachable moments. Plan a unit study around a winter holiday and keep the school days going while you decorate, bake, and get your holiday jingle on! From making homemade gifts to learning about other cultures, there are no limits to holiday learning. 
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World Almanac for Kids

For students in grades 6-9, their teachers, and parents. World Almanac for Kids presents articles, videos, games and information on a wide range of subjects with age appropriate content and a frien

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Homeschooling Writing

Teaching your child how to write a report? Helping your student create a haiku?  Crafting lessons in grammar and handwriting? Teaching writing can be fun and fascinating using the books and resources available for free at your library. 
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Homeschooling Physics

Ready to build a pulley? Want to play around with simple machines? Interested in making a simple battery? Studying physics is the perfect excuse to get creative with light, motion, electricity, and much more.  Engineer your physics lessons for free at your library. 
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Homeschooling Chemistry

What is an acid? What is a base? Why do you need baking soda in your cookie recipe? Play around with chemistry with this list of books that are guaranteed to stir up your curiosity.  Get a positive reaction from your students when you create chemistry lessons for free at your library. 
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Homeschooling Earth Science and Astronomy

Create a map of the stars, observe the phases of the moon, start a rock collection, or build a model volcano. There is nothing like hands-on experiments for making learning fun and unforgettable.  Dig into rocks, minerals, and the night sky for free at your library. 
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Homeschooling Biology

Explore cells, take a trip through the human body, classify animals, and grow food in the backyard - all in the name of science! Biology has never been so much fun.  Create hands-on unit studies for free at your library!
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Homeschooling Reading

Whether you are homeschooling your beginning reader or supplementing her instruction at home, this carefully curated collection of titles is based on structured literacy. These multisensory materials provide evidence-based lessons that sequentially build the skills you need to become a reader.  Learn about the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading for free at your library! 
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Homeschooling Mathematics

Would you like to create a graph? Measure the swing set? Master your multiplication tables? Explore math with these great reads and resources. You can count on your library to have what it takes to get your student on the right track.  The Education Studio at Richland Library Main also has math materials for in-library use.  Stop in and teach your lessons with our beautiful, wooden Stern Math materials. 
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Homeschooling: Medieval History

Studying the Middle Ages? Ready to host a medieval feast? Construct a trebuchet or create a family coat of arms?  Build hands-on lessons complete with knights and castles for free at your library. 
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Homeschooling Early American History

Studying explorers? Looking for books about Jamestown? Draw a map, sew a costume, or try a colonial recipe. From early colonial days to westward expansion, revolutionize your year with these great books!    Homeschooling history is fun and free with resources from your library!
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Homeschooling World History of the Modern Age

Studying the Industrial Revolution? Looking for books about World War II? Make a diorama, try a recipe from the Great Depression, and read about famous people that shaped the modern world.  Create lessons about everything from Abraham Lincoln to the Cold War for free at your library. 
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Homeschooling: Ancient History

Studying the ancients this year? Ready to build a pyramid of LEGO's? Want to stage your own Olympic Games? Have you always wanted to try your hand at writing on a clay tablet?  Carve your way through these ancient history books and create hands-on lessons for all ages. History curriculum is fun and FREE at your library. 
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Homeschooling from A to Z

When I started homeschooling twenty years ago, I read everything I could get my hands on about home education. From Montessori to Waldorf, from Charlotte Mason to John Holt, I wanted to dive deep and find out which path was right for my family. While our educational road has had many twists, turns, and even some dead ends, there is nothing like crafting a homemade education. Below is a wide variety of educational options to explore. Grab your library card and dig in! 
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LitFinder

LitFinder represents Gale's core repository of literary works. International in scope, LitFinder covers all time periods and contains a wealth of primary literature content.

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Gale in Context: Science

Science in Context is an in-depth, curriculum-oriented science database that provides a one-stop resource for all science-related research needs.

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Gale eBooks

This large collection of non-fiction ebooks covers a wide range of subjects including art, biography, health, history, science, travel and more.

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NoveList K-8 Plus

Looking for a good book that is similar to an old favorite or an old favorite from your childhood that you want to share with your own children?