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Serving Homeschoolers. With Leah Langby Indianhead Federated Library System Statistics. National average: 2-3 percent Wisconsin average: 1.96 percent Higher in smaller communities Frederic—8.9 percent Beecher/Dunbar/Pembine—15.7 percent Seneca—12 percent

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serving homeschoolers

Serving Homeschoolers

With Leah Langby

Indianhead Federated Library System

  • National average: 2-3 percent
  • Wisconsin average: 1.96 percent
  • Higher in smaller communities
    • Frederic—8.9 percent
    • Beecher/Dunbar/Pembine—15.7 percent
    • Seneca—12 percent
    • Kickapoo Community—8.5 percent
wisconsin law
Wisconsin Law
reasons for homeschooling
Reasons for Homeschooling
  • As numerous as homeschoolers themselves
  • 2/3 have some religious reasons
  • Learning styles or needs
  • Educational philosophy
  • Alternative lifestyles
  • More family time
  • Travel time to school
homeschooling styles

Homeschooling Styles


Purchased Curriculum

Unit Studies


Charlotte Mason


Virtual Academies


be aware that many homeschoolers
Be Aware That Many Homeschoolers…
  • Do not pay attention to grade level
  • Vary from the norm—often asynchronous skills
  • Are very sensitive to being judged (parents especially)
  • Some are nervous about any government interest in what they are doing
  • Will be your greatest advocate!
what about
What About?
  • Socialization??
  • Getting into college, job, military?
homeschooling websites
Homeschooling Websites
resources for everyone that homeschoolers will appreciate

Resources for Everyone(that homeschoolers will appreciate)

  • Word of mouth
  • Find a parent volunteer contact
  • Work with local homeschoolers to develop programs
  • Find out about local groups—send leader a copy of all publicity
  • Grocery coops, natural food stores, other grocery stores
  • Churches
  • IN the library, on your website
possible services to provide
Possible Services to Provide
  • Longer loan periods “educator cards”
  • Historical fiction database, etc.
  • Lists of trade books from popular curriculums (find out what is popular in your area, for example Sonlight)
  • Pathfinders, lists of resources, websites
  • Information about WI law, local groups, catalogs
  • Work with local homeschooling groups to find out what they are looking for and develop programs
  • Regular programming works for most—just not so grade-centered
  • Ask your contacts for advice, read your audience
  • Badgerlink, other research
  • Curriculum and book swap
  • Home schooling books and magazines
  • WPA Handbook
  • Classics, vintage collection?
  • Educational kits (math, science especially)
  • Educational videos and unabridged audiobooks very popular usually
  • Binder with state law information, local homeschool groups, local school curriculum information
  • University of Wisconsin campuses with Instructional Materials Centers: Interlibrary Loan OR Community Cards
    • Check with the closest university to see what is possible.