Guest Post From Tracy at Hall of Fame Moms
It's the middle of winter and we are in the middle of our third year of homeschooling. I didn't plan to homeschool, but then I had a change of heart and here we are, three years later.
I've learned a lot about homeschooling: the methods, the choices, the freedoms. It has been a blessing to have my boys home with me for school vs. sending them away for 30 or so hours a week. Life isn't so compartmentalized. Life flows together. And a big part of our life involves the public library system.
Since we live in Stark County (NE Ohio) I wanted to share some of the great opportunities families have, homeschoolers or not, to learn together through this wonderful free-to-use resource. It's not just a place to pick up books and movies or attend story-time. If you live in another county be sure to look into your own local library to discover what wonders it may hold for your own family.
Free Classes for Children
When my boys were a couple years younger we enjoyed the free science classes through the Little Explorer's Program at the Perry-Sippo Library. We had classes on bats, snakes, ground hogs and more. These would include a story, sometimes a real animal, a craft, coloring and perhaps a slide show. Since my boys were registered through the Little Explorer's program they would earn points for attending the class which would result in rewards. The Little Explorer's program is going to be updated so there may be some new changes soon. Learn more about Little Explorers here.
Coming up this spring will be a series of Science Saturdays at Sippo from 2-3 pm March 2nd, April 13th, and May 4th. Children in K-5 will learn to create slime, explore acids and bases, and make milk explode. I recently registered my boys for all three.
At the North Branch Library in Canton (near Malone College) children in 1st-6th grades can learn to play chess on Thursdays from 6-7:45 pm January 3rd – April 25th. Both my boys have said they are interested in this, however we haven't attended yet.
This is a very basic sample of what the local library has to add to your children's education whether you homeschool or not. I know the Stark County Library system puts out a newspaper called the Stark Scene with details for each location's programs.
Tracy Zdelar homeschools her boys and blogs about that and Ohio Family Fun (and more) at her blog Hall of Fame Moms. You can follow her homeschool (and more) posts on Facebook here or just get the Ohio Family Fun scoop on Facebook here. She also likes to collect great ideas on Pinterest.