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Service to Homeschooling Families. Instructor: Adrienne Furness [email protected] An Infopeople Workshop Winter 2008-2009. Question for the Group.

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Service to Homeschooling Families


Adrienne Furness

[email protected]

An Infopeople Workshop

Winter 2008-2009

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Question for the Group

Has anyone had a difficult interaction or situation with homeschoolers in their libraries that they’d be willing to share? Any anxieties or concerns about working with homeschoolers?

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Why Should You Care About Homeschoolers?

From Homeschooling in the United States: 2003

by Daniel Princiotta and Stacey Bielick

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Why Families Homeschool learning materials.

From Homeschooling in the United States: 2003

by Daniel Princiotta and Stacey Bielick

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The Homeschooling Year learning materials.

  • Follow the school calendar

  • Homeschool year-round

  • Create a calendar based on family needs

    • religious considerations

    • medical needs

    • travel or special projects

    • Business

  • Some follow no calendar at all

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Daily Homeschooling Schedules learning materials.

  • Schoolwork in the morning/outings in the afternoon

  • Chores in the morning/schoolwork in the late morning and early afternoon

  • Schoolwork in the evenings or at night

  • Some do no organized “seat work”

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What is Unschooling? learning materials.

  • Term coined by educator John Holt

  • The beginning of the contemporary homeschooling movement

  • Child-led learning

  • “Real world” activities

  • “Radical Unschoolers”

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A Sample Unschooling Day learning materials.

  • 8:00am – Wake up.

  • 8:00-8:45am – Eat breakfast/get dressed/etc.

  • 8:45-9:30am – Read

  • 9:30-11:30am – Go to volunteer job at local animal shelter

  • Noon – Lunch

  • 12:30-2:00pm – Play outside

  • 2:00-3:00pm – Work on article for area homeschooling group newsletter

  • 3:00-3:30pm – Play math computer game

  • 3:30-5:00pm – Play with neighborhood children

  • 5:00-6:00pm – Make dinner for the family, eat—dinner discussion centered around current events

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Conservative Protestant Homeschoolers learning materials.

  • Brought to conservative Protestants by educators Raymond and Dorothy Moore

  • Popularized by “Focus on the Family” radio show

  • Highly organized and vocal segment of the homeschooling population

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Question for the Group learning materials.

What are some of the pros and cons of supplying materials, services, and programs specifically geared to a religiously-united group like conservative Protestant homeschoolers?

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Other Homeschooling Philosophies learning materials.

  • Other religions (Catholics, Pagans, Jews, Muslims)

  • Children with special needs

  • Classical

  • Charlotte Mason

  • Military

  • Artist

  • Eclectic

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Homeschooling Curriculums learning materials.

  • A number of prepackaged products available

  • MANY are religously-focused

  • Listing of some suppliers on your bookmark file

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Question for the Group learning materials.

Whymight it be important to have a basic knowledge of the laws governing homeschooling?

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Homeschoolers and the Law learning materials.

  • Education governed by state

  • Homeschooling currently legal in all 50 states, but the laws vary widely

  • Be familiar with the ways people are attempting to comply with law


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Complying with Compulsory Education Law in California learning materials.

  • Establishing a private school (Private School Affidavit Form)

  • Tutoring (state certified teacher)

  • Enrolling in a charter, public, or other school that allows for independent study at home

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California Curriculum Requirements learning materials.

  • Private school requirements

  • Instruction must be in English

  • Grades 1-6: English, math, social sciences, science, fine arts, health, and physical education

  • Grades 7-12: Gr. 1-6 subjects plus a foreign language, applied arts, vocational education, and driver education

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Statewide Homeschooling Organizations learning materials.

  • HomeSchool Association of California (HSC)

  • California Homeschool Network (CHN)

  • Christian Home Educators Association of California (CHEA)

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HSC and CHN learning materials.

  • Extremely similar organizations

  • HSC founded 1987

  • CHN founded 1994

  • Inclusive (anyone can join)

  • Provide information/support

  • Protect rights

  • Publications (HSC bimonthly, CHN quarterly)

  • Annual conferences

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CHEA learning materials.

  • Protestant Christian group

  • Founded 1982

  • Ties to Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)

  • Information/support

  • Quarterly publication

  • Annual conference

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Finding Local Support Groups learning materials.

  • Ask homeschoolers who visit your library

  • Websites for statewide organizations

  • Google searches

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Question for the Group learning materials.

Considering that many homeschoolers consider libraries part of the same government that runs the schools they’ve rejected, what are some ways we can reassure them that we’re an organization they can trust?

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Question for the Group learning materials.

Based on what we learned this morning, what kinds of barriers do you think homeschoolers might encounter when they visit the library?

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What Homeschoolers Have to Say about How Libraries Can Improve Their Services to Homeschoolers…

  • Space to meet

  • Increase borrowing limits

  • Extended loans

  • Reduce fees (ILLs, holds, overdues)

  • “Teacher cards”

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What Library Programs Do Improve Their Services to Homeschoolers…

  • Welcome homeschoolers

  • Increase their investment

  • Increase their independence

  • Increase your knowledge

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Before You Start Improve Their Services to Homeschoolers…

  • WHO am I targeting?

  • WHAT do they want to learn?

  • WHERE should I have the program (in-house vs. outreach)?

  • WHEN is the best time for homeschoolers?

  • WHY am I doing this?

  • HOW will I implement this program?

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Planning Successful Programs for Homeschoolers Improve Their Services to Homeschoolers…

  • Wide age ranges/family programs

  • Afternoons

  • Partner with local organizations

  • Recruit volunteers

  • Focus on the library

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Types of Programs to Consider Improve Their Services to Homeschoolers…

  • Homeschool open house

  • Library skills

  • Computer skills

  • Book groups

  • College/scholarship information

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Question for the Group Improve Their Services to Homeschoolers…

SHOULD we buy special materials for homeschoolers?

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Why Starting a Homeschooling Collection is a Challenging Task

  • Homeschooling materials not widely reviewed

  • Many are published by small presses or are self-published

  • Some aren’t available through jobbers

  • Some have a blatantly religious slant

  • Almost all are biased in some way

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Who Uses Homeschooling Collections? Task

  • Homeschooling families

  • Non-homeschooling families

  • Teachers

  • Tutors

  • College students

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Don’t Hide the Homeschooling Materials Task

  • Separate collection

  • Signage

  • Spine labels

  • Brochures, bookmarks, and fliers

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Collection Development Resources Task

  • Homeschooling periodicals

  • Websites and blogs


  • Books already in your collection

  • Patron recommendations

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Getting Started Task

  • “Developing a Homeschooling Collection”

  • “Homeschooling Periodicals You Should Know About”

  • “The Less-than-$150 Homeschooling Collection”

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Question for the Group Task

If someone asked you why it’s important to provide library services to homeschoolers, what kinds of things might you talk about?