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Serving Homeschoolers. With Leah Langby Indianhead Federated Library System [email protected] 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

With Leah Langby

Indianhead Federated Library System

[email protected]

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  • 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

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Wisconsin Law



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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

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Homeschooling Styles


Purchased Curriculum

Unit Studies


Charlotte Mason


Virtual Academies


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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!

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What About?

  • Socialization??

  • Getting into college, job, military?

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Homeschooling Websites











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Resources for Everyone(that homeschoolers will appreciate)

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  • 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

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • University of Wisconsin campuses with Instructional Materials Centers: Interlibrary Loan OR Community Cards

    • Check with the closest university to see what is possible.