Hello Homeschoolers and Homelearners!
Many of you have been using the library for years and many of you are just beginning to navigate schooling at home. There are as many reasons to homeschool as there are families. And there are just as many curricula available too!
Even if you do not call yourself a homeschool family, parents are children’s first teachers. We embrace the nationwide theme of ‘Write, Talk, Read, Sing and Play—Every Day’ at the library because all those things help develop early literacy skills.
And remember reading aloud is one of the single most important things you can do with your children. The library owns this book—The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud—it’s a Wall Street Journal writer’s conversation-changing look at how reading aloud makes adults and children smarter, happier, healthier, more successful and more closely attached.
Our pre-pandemic in-person programs of Baby Storytime, Preschool Storytime and Big Kid Storytime all foster those activities and enhance our children’s developing curiosity and love of learning.
No matter where you are on the homeschool journey your library is here to help. Our collection is wide and varied and can supplement any learning plan. During this time of a global pandemic and the library’s building project we hope to reach as many families as possible and make connections as best we can while social distancing remains part of our daily lives.
On it you will find links to groups on Facebook, general guides to homeschooling in NH, book suggestions and guidelines on how we can make suggestions for your topics and how you may obtain titles the library does not own.
Many of you may have attended the September 10th community conversation sponsored by the River Center and the Grapevine supporting all families facing this new school year. Talking to each other and sharing resources is an invaluable way to support each other—you already know more collective resources than we do alone!
The library will be sending out a survey to all our families as we all navigate our new normal and find ways to connect and continue learning and exploring together.
Here are a few sources that might be particularly interesting this time of year:
Monarch Butterflies and Bugs: This is a great time of year to study all kinds of insects. This site https://monarchwatch.org/ is all things monarch. Supplement with our book The Secret Life of Bugs: Discover Amazing Butterflies, Moths, Spiders, Dragonflies and Other Insects and you have a terrific natural science unit!
Smithsonian Learning Lab: A whole museum at your fingertips. Here is their website: https://learninglab.si.edu/
Million Bazillion Podcast: Explore math, economics history and sociology with money! Here’s a new podcast from Marketplace about money for kids and their families: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/million-bazillion/ The first episode studies where money came from https://www.marketplace.org/shows/million-bazillion/where-did-money-come-from/ What would your currency be? Read about money in History of Money: From Bartering to Banking and get a grasp on really big numbers with Millions, Billions and Trillions: Understanding Big Numbers!
Hawks: Fall is time for the annual hawk migration! While you might not want to join lots of other people on a hawk watch this year, you might register to attend this Harris Center event about hawks: https://harriscenter.org/events/soar-with-the-hawks-a-program-for-homeschoolers-and-remote-learners/2020-09-14
Investigate our books: Raptor!: A Kid’s Guide to Birds of Prey and Hawk Rising.
We look forward to navigating the next year together.
As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, call us at 924.8040 or email Aimee or me at:
lbearce @ peterboroughnh.gov
alarue @ peterboroughnh.gov