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Children’s Program: Core Assessment III. Hannah Love Wheeler LSIS 5645. Community. Raleigh homeschool students and their parents Various ages Used to learning in mixed age groups Used to less-conventional ways of learning

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children s program core assessment iii

Children’s Program: Core Assessment III

Hannah Love Wheeler

LSIS 5645

  • Raleigh homeschool students and their parents
      • Various ages
      • Used to learning in mixed age groups
      • Used to less-conventional ways of learning
  • 83,609homeschool students in North Carolina during 2011-2012 school year
  • 5.1% of NC schools are homeschools

Statistics from NC Department of Administration, Non-Public Schools Division

  • The purpose of this program is offer homeschool students dynamic exposure to different cultures, while giving them the opportunity to experience collaborative learning.
  • Discover the World
    • Multicultural experience through stories, songs, guest speakers, crafts and skits
    • Different culture/country highlighted each month
    • Two aspects to serve all ages of learners.
young children
Young Children
  • Ages 1-5
  • Stories
  • Songs
  • Rhymes
  • All thematic for the country/culture being highlighted
  • See “Young Children’s Program” document for full details
older students
Older Students
  • Ages 6-12
  • This age range is flexible-older students would be welcome, as long as they felt entertained and informed and wished to participate
  • Begin with presentation done by a community member, parent or library staff member
  • Question/Answer time
  • Small group activity
    • Simple skit, craft, or other project to be presented to the group
  • See “Older Students’ Program” document for more details
  • Materials:
    • poster board: $5.99 (pack of 10)
    • Markers: already owned by library
    • construction paper: $1 (50 pack)
    • Crayons: already owned by library
    • White butcher paper: already owned by library
    • jingle cones: $3
    • ankle bells: $3
  • Equipment: laptops already owned, projector already owned
  • Staff: 2 to 3 staff depending on the number of kids-$18, $27
  • Total: $30.99 -$39.99
benefits for the child and community
Benefits for the child and community
  • Homeschool students gain exposure to different cultures from first-hand accounts or culturally relevant stories, songs and rhymes. This helps create a population of young people who appreciate other cultures and are therefore more likely to be tolerant and open-minded.
  • Homeschoolers gain from the supplement to their existing social studies curriculum.
  • Homeschoolers have the opportunity to socialize with other students, which they don’t get to do as often as traditionally schooled students.
  • Community members benefit by being able to share about their cultures and countries with students who do not necessarily belong to their culture or ethnicity.
justification for program
Justification for Program
  • Homeschool parents want creative ways to teach their children
  • Many homeschool parents also want their children to socialize with other homeschoolers
  • Homeschoolers and their parents are consistent library users
      • Homeschoolers, since they aren’t in a public school but are a part of the community, still deserve the benefit of public educational services,
desired outcomes
Desired Outcomes
  • Students will learn about a new culture/country every month
  • All students will learn about respecting other cultures
  • All students will be exposed to library materials and services
  • Older students will learn collaboration
long term goals
Long-Term Goals
  • Solidify homeschoolers and their parents as committed library supporters
  • Contribute to the education of students outside the traditional school system
  • Form beneficial partnerships with community members
  • The success of this project would be assessed by the students, parents/caregivers, and community members involved in the program
  • Each group would have a short unique survey to fill out. This survey would determine if expectations were met and would allow space for suggestions for improvement.
  • Also, leaders of local homeschool groups would be asked to evaluate the usefulness of the program for homeschoolers in general through an emailed survey and an invitation to participate in or observe the program.
  • The process of creating a children’s program for a specific population allowed me the opportunity to put some of the theory I’ve been learning in library school into practice.
  • I learned that it takes determination to find stories that are appropriate for story time and also relate to the specific theme. Some that seem relevant are too long or wordy.
  • I realized that working with community members takes time and planning ahead. The first choice may not be available, and people may have busy schedules. This means that planning in advance is the best option.