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Homeschool Happenings @ Your Library . Bethel Park Public Library Bethel Park, PA. Lynn Hahn hahnl@einetwork.net Ing Kalchthaler kalchthaleri@einetwork.net. Communication. Director: Cheryl Napsha Library Board Head of Youth Services : Ing Kalchthaler

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    1. Homeschool Happenings @ Your Library Bethel Park Public Library Bethel Park, PA Lynn Hahn hahnl@einetwork.net Ing Kalchthaler kalchthaleri@einetwork.net

    2. Communication • Director: Cheryl Napsha • Library Board • Head of Youth Services: Ing Kalchthaler • Youth Services Librarian: Lynn Hahn Getting Everyone Onboard

    3. Bethel Park Public Library Mission Statement • Our mission is to serve and enrich the community in a safe, nurturing environment and to promote lifelong learning. • We are dedicated to providing free access to books, materials, resources and information to meet the needs of our patrons.

    4. Defining the Library’s Purpose • Supporting the Educational and Literacy Needs of ALL Patrons Whether the needs are of the: The Bethel Park Public Library believes in: • Children and Students • Adults • Community School Systems • Parents of Public / Private Students • Parents of Homeschoolers

    5. Reasons for Homeschool Program Development • Awareness of Needs of Homeschoolers • For homeschoolers, the public library IS the school library • Underserved Homeschool Population • Information Literacy Skills • Proactive Involvement Led us to: ◆Gradual Program Development

    6. Homeschooling Facts • Homeschooling has only been legal in all 50 states since1993. (Public Policy Sources #51 Cate Institute, p. 4) • Until 1999 little information was available abouthomeschooling on a national level. (U.S. Department of Education) • Latest national statistics reveal that there were 1.1 million homeschooled students in 2003. (U.S. Department of Education)

    7. Reasons for Homeschooling • Academic Achievement • Learning Styles • Individualized Attention and Flexibility • Valued-based or Religious Reasons • Dissatisfaction with Public/Private Schools' Instructional Program • Concerns about School Environment

    8. Homeschool Choices / Networking • CYBERSCHOOL Computer-Based Instruction • PARENTS • PITTSBURGH, PA • SHED South Hills Enrichment Day • FISH Family Instructors of the South Hills • http://www.localhs.com

    9. Public Library as Homeschoolers School Library • ALA’s American Association of School Librarians recognizes nine standards to which public school media centers are held accountable. • Public school media specialists are responsible for implementing these nine standards into their curriculum.(Information Power: building partnerships for learning, ALA Publications, 1998) • Public Library can help the Homeschool Community meet the Information Literacy Standards.

    10. Information Literacy Skills The Nine Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning: • Information Literacy • Independent Learning • Social Responsibility Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/learnresource/Info_literacy/9_standards.htm

    11. Public Library’s Role and Information Literacy • Public libraries support homeschoolers in their acquisition of information literacy. • Public librarians can implement these nine standards into their homeschool programs. • We are a support system.

    12. State Regulations States have DIFFERENT homeschooling regulations • States requiring no notice • States with low regulations • States with moderate regulations • States with high regulation http://math-and-reading-help-for-kids.org

    13. Community Homeschool Population • Survey Needs • Parents Meeting • Schools • Advertise Programs Multiple District Contacts

    14. Identifying the Homeschool Population • Community, county and state records • Local school districts • Local churches and community organizations • Internet resources – world famous GOOGLE! • http://familyinstructors.org SHED linkage • http://www.mhla.org/support/masupportgroups.htm • http://www.home-school.com/groups/ Note spelling of homeschool vs. home school

    15. Needs of Homeschoolers Survey of Program Interests Electoral College Art History Physics Research Science Projects World Cultures

    16. Program Samples • Researching: Spider Web Activity • Science in Action • Fun With Physics • Passport: Games Around the World • Election 101: Game • Electoral College Challenge

    17. Homeschool Resources • Homeschooling Print Resources Handout • Online Homeschooling Resources Handout • Curriculum and Educational Web Sites Handout

    18. Empowerment Knowledge is Power