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  • PASS OUT PPT Notes and Pathfinder;seq=7;view=1up;seq=9;view=1up;num=3
  • Britannica“There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.”
  • Way children learned Child labor lawsAbbott – London SchoolmasterBerle –Tufts University professorHolt – celebrated classroom teacher, one of the founders of the modern homeschooling movementWrote books in 1960s titled “How Children Fail” and “How Children Learn”“unschooling” to mean learning that does not look like school learning, and learning that does not have to take place at homeLearning is a result of the activity of learners; it is not necessarily a result of teaching legal in all fifty states in 1990sNational Center for Education Statistics 3% of all school aged childrenGrowing in India, U.K. and Australia, Canada, Hungary, Japan, Kenya, but banned in Brazil and Germany, heavily restricted in Sweden
  • Pass out research handoutQuality of instruction: homeschoolers scored 34-39 percentile points higher than the norm on standardized achievement tests including ACT and SATHigher GPAs in 1st yr. and 4th yr. collegeHomeschoolers apparently test 15 to 30% higher on standardized tests than public school kidsI watched a video that you can all access through Sinclair online that had a group of educators talking about homeschooling here in Hawaii… there was a recent graduate of homeschooling and he was more eloquent than everyone else in my opinion! In fact, one homeschooler, Austin Webb got a perfect score on the SAT Not just “No Sex” “No Darwin”Moral/ethical behaviorReligious instructionDisciple childThreat of violence(85% report concerns about environment and safety issues)Nothing socialized about ridicule and exclusionLearning disabled or highly gifted
  • Parental notification to stateSend in standardized test scores which homeschoolers nationwide score 15-30% higher on then public school kidsStatus report, evaluation, narrative, student portfolio
  • Just like librarians have a lot of stereotypes, homeschoolers do too!Too sheltered, not socialized, don’t learn enough…Let’s check out this video. BLIMEY COW PresentsSpent time on this because I think librarians need to rid themselves of misconceptions about homeschoolersHe also has other funny videos like “You might be a homeschooler if…“Fun isn’t hard if you’ve got a library card”
  • So believe it or not, I was actually homeschooled through 6th grade. My mom had been a public school elementary teacher so why not get more mileage out of her teaching degree?My grandpa was horrified by the idea because he served on public school boards! She was a pioneer of homeschooling. She knew no one else doing it, but we lived in a log cabin my parents built out in the woods in Montana… so maybe that stereotype is true! She couldn’t imagine sending us to school with our neighbors who were somewhat out of control. One day she was at the Missoula public library and saw a book on homeschooling so that solidified her idea.This was 1984 when she started homeschooling my older sister… she said I loved it and was all about learning at 2 yrs old! She had to get A Beka curriculum a local Christian school because at that time they weren’t selling it directly to homeschoolers. We didn’t have to take standardized testing, but my mom had us do it anyway to measure where we were at. She got us involved in a homeschool group and went to homeschool conventions in Spokane, WA where we lived after Montana. My mom said this quality time with us one on one caused to behave really well the rest of the day!We would study in the morning and do more creative things in the afternoon like… We would attend story hours at the library.Participate in reading programsI checked out 40 books from the library each month.I made my own library at home where friends could come check out books!I was a bibliophile from a young age… or bibliomaniac rather?
  • Piano lessonsLearned to sewCrafts for the fairI played sports at the local school in 5th and 6th grade.Spelling beesI was President of The Babysitter’s Club which I founded with my neighbor friends.I published a weekly newsletter with friends.
  • We also went to: Science fairsField tripsChurch playsPeople say homeschoolers have a hard time socially… and although I was painfully shy until the middle of 9th grade and am still an introvert, I got voted Everybody’s Friend in high school and have plenty of amazing friendships! In fact, I wish I had been home schooled all the way through high school because I felt myself dumb down when I entered public school. I did end up doing Running start where I got to finish my first two college years in high school and so graduated with my Bachelor’s when I was 20…And if I ever get married, I would consider homeschooling my kids. I hope I’ve painted a positive picture for you since I am a huge advocate for homeschooling although I do think it should depend on each child. For instance, my sister didn’t like being home schooled. Okay, let’s talk about how we as librarians can assist homeschoolers with library services!
  • PASS OUT BOOKSLike homeschoolers, librarians are all about lifelong learning and the life of the mind… which is why we can support homeschoolers potentiality.Librarians can reach out to homeschoolers, find out who they are, what they need, and let them know what’s available.Christian conservative resources – homeschoolers no more likely to challenge materials than any othersPublisher’s Weekly said that more Christian titles don’t show up on bestseller lists because these lists don’t factor in sales at Christian bookstoresYMCA, 4H Clubs, local churches, post fliers at stores-bookstores, grocery, craft, thrift, natural food stores, toy stores, etc.Vendors, workshops at conferencesRead articles about – Home Education PressYou may want to develop resources so less ILL
  • Press releases and ads in newspapersLibrary websiteBulletin board/shelf space76% homeschooled adults vote versus 29% of adults as whole so they’ll write letters, march in rallies, and talk!Extend any privileges made for to public and private school teachers (extended loan, no overdue fines, increased limits, etc.) to homeschoolers. Homeschooling parents are teachers.
  • Games
  • Homeschoolers can swap materialsDisplays their creativitySAT, writing college app essays, scholarships and grants, admissions officer
  • Curriculum kit: variety of materials on same topic in a convenient package ready to be checked outIncludes:fiction and nonfiction books, activity guides, films, charts, manipulatives, basic equipment, games
  • McCarthy, A. & Andersen, D.L. (2006-2007). Homeschoolers at the public library: Are library services and policies keeping pace? JLAMS, 3(1), 5-44.McLean, C. (2001). Outreach to homeschoolers. Alki,3,13.Ray, B.D. (2004). Homeschoolers on to college: What research shows us. The Journal of College Admission, 184, 5-11.Sheffer, S. (1995). A sense of self: Listening to homeschooled adolescent girls. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook Publishers, Inc.Scheps, S.G. (1999). Homeschoolers in the library. School Library Journal. 2, 38-9.Scheps, S.G. (1998). The librarian’s guide to homeschooling resources. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.Slattery, A. (2005). In a class of their own: as more families turn to homeschooling, public libraries can be an invaluable resource. School Library Journal. 8, 44-6.Wichers, M. (2001). Homeschooling: Adventitious or detrimental for proficiency in higher education. Education. 122(1), 145-150.
  • Homeschooling and library resources

    1. 1. “There is no school equal to a decentDefined: home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.” ~Mahatma Gandhi homeschooling, also called home education, educational method situated in the home rather than in an institution designed for that purpose. It is representative of a broad social movement of families, largely in Western societies, who believe that the education of children is, ultimately, the right of parents rather than a government. Beginning in the late 20th century, the homeschooling movement grew largely as a reaction against public school curricula among some groups.
    2. 2. HISTORY• Mid-19th century – apprenticeships and communal activities• Early 20th century - universal compulsory school attendance laws established• 1883 - Hints On Home Training and Teaching by Edward A. Abbott• 1912 - The School in the Home by A.A. Berle• 1977 - John Holt – “unschooling”• 1977-2001Growing Without Schooling - magazine• 1980s - 20,000 homeschoolers in United States• Today – 2.4 million homeschoolers
    3. 3. “I suppose it is because nearly all children go to schoolnowadays and have things arranged for them that they seem soforlornly unable to produce their own ideas.” ~Agatha Christie Famous Homeschoolers George Washington, John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Agatha Christie, C.S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Joseph Smith, Blaise Pascal Ansel Adams, Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton, Andrew Carnegie Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander the Great, Julian Assange (WikiLeaks) Francis Collins (physician-geneticist, leader of Human Genome Project), Reid Barton (most successful mathematician in contests in history) Joey Logano (youngest driver to win NASCAR), Kaitlyn Maher (top 10 on America’s Got Talent), Tim Tebow
    4. 4. “As regards moral courage, then, it is not so much that the public schools support it feebly, as that they suppress it firmly.” G.K. Chesterton WHY? Not just “No Sex” “No Darwin”• Deficiencies in public/private education system• Quality time (one on one)• Family as mission• Religious reasons/Counterculture• Moral/Ethical• Safety concerns• Unique educational, physical, or mental health needs (personalize education)
    5. 5. HOW?
    6. 6. “Fun isn’t hard if you’vegot a library card”
    8. 8. Library Services andResources Talk to them Google your city and “homeschool” Homeschool groups Local homeschooling conferences, lectures, fairs Surveys or focus groups
    9. 9. • Traditional marketing• Special area in library• Volunteer program• Teen advisory boards• Homeschoolers as library advocates• Extended loan period• Grants
    10. 10. “It is the mark of a truly educatedPrograms man to know what not to read.” ~Ezra Taft BensonOrientationBasic library skills instruction (57 Games to Play in theLibrary or Classroom by Carol K. Lee)Advanced Information Literacy Skills (Information Power:Building Partnerships for Learning from AASL and AECT)Encourage use of library meeting roomsHandouts listing state laws
    11. 11. Programs for parents• Library catalog• NoveList• Reference Books:• A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children’s Picture Books• Best Books for Children: Preschool through Grade 6• Best Books for Middle School and Junior High Readers: Grades 6-9• Best Books for High School Readers: Grades 9-12
    12. 12. Other Programs• Storytimes• Book Groups• Craft programs• Other activities: Back to Homeschool Party• Open Houses• Literature based programming (book themed event)• Curriculum Swap• Displays• Preparing for College• Booktalks• Pathfinders
    13. 13. Fiction featuringhomeschooling Alice, I Think, by Susan Juby (12 & up) Ida B… and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan (10-14 yrs.) Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan (11 & up) What Would Joey Do? By Jack Gantos (10 -13 yrs.)
    14. 14. Special Collection Homeschooling collections statement Periodicals Books Curriculum and supply catalogs Teaching Aids, Equipment, and Manipulatives Curriculum kits
    15. 15. What Homeschoolers Want from Public LibrariesLaws and compliance Listing of area agencies,regulations of state regarding museums, park services,homeschooling educational resourcesDirectory of homeschooling Booklists of library materialsgroups in area Children’s programs andStatewide and national serviceshomeschool organizations Listing of homeschoolingContact people in local suppliers (publishers,schools/state superintendent correspondence, distributor catalogs)
    16. 16. • Library involvement with homeschooling organizations• Bulletin board in library for meeting calendars, contest information, reviews of new books of interest, monthly pages from Chase’s Calendar of Events, dates of book sales• Displays of home school projects, art, hobbies, etc.• Curriculum guides from local schools• Workshops on topics such as various subject areas, new books, etc.• Tours of the library, ILL information, printouts from periodicals• Special programs, reading programs, bibliographic instruction• Volunteer program (tutoring, fundraising, reviewing materials, lobbying, putting on plays for other children)• Access to recent publisher’s catalogs and book review journals• Audiotapes and CDs• Use of library’s meeting room• Use of personal computers or audiovisual equipment• Library column in local homeschooling newsletter• Excellent readers’ advisory service• Special borrowing privileges• Good collection of children’s books, creative materials, historical fiction, biographies, trade books on science, math, and history
    17. 17. SUGGESTED READSAnderson, E. (1996).Homeschooling and libraries--An intimate view. Alki. 12, 22-3.Brostrom, D.C. (1995). A guide to homeschooling for librarians. Fort Atkinson, WI:Highsmith Press.Brostrom, D.C. (1997). No place like the library. School Library Journal. 3, 106-9.Campbell, C.B. (2002). Shelby county public libraries and homeschoolingparents. Alabama Librarian. 1, 11-12.Furness, A. (2008). Helping homeschoolers in the library. Chicago, IL: AmericanLibrary Association.Furness, A. Helping homeschoolers in the library. [PowerPoint presentation]. Retrieved February 13, 2009.Gemmer, T. (1987). Homeschoolers
    18. 18. Gemmer, T. (1991). The library response to homeschooling. Alki. 3, 20-3.Isenberc, E.J. (2007). What have we learned about homeschooling? PeabodyJournal of Education. 82 (2/3), 387-409.Kaplan, P. (2001). Reaching out to homeschooling families: Services andprograms. Illinois Libraries. 1, 44-6.Kleist-Tesch, J.M. (1998). Homeschoolers and the public library. Journal of YouthServices in Libraries. 3, 231-41.Klipsch, P.R. (1995). An educated collection for homeschoolers. Library Journal.120(2), 47-50.Lerch, M.T. & Welch, J. (2004). Serving homeschooled teens and their parents.Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.Madden, S.B. (1992). Learning at home: Public library service to homeschoolers.Alki. 3, 20-2.
    19. 19. McCarthy, A. & Andersen, D.L. (2006-2007). Homeschoolers at the public library:Are library services and policies keeping pace? JLAMS, 3(1), 5-44.McLean, C. (2001). Outreach to homeschoolers. Alki,3,13.Ray, B.D. (2004). Homeschoolers on to college: What research shows us. TheJournal of College Admission, 184, 5-11.Sheffer, S. (1995). A sense of self: Listening to homeschooled adolescent girls.Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook Publishers, Inc.Scheps, S.G. (1999). Homeschoolers in the library. School Library Journal. 2, 38-9.Scheps, S.G. (1998). The librarian’s guide to homeschooling resources. Chicago,IL: American Library Association.Slattery, A. (2005). In a class of their own: as more families turn tohomeschooling, public libraries can be an invaluable resource. School LibraryJournal. 8, 44-6.
    20. 20. “Homeschooling will certainly producesome socially awkward adults, but theodds are good they would have beenjust as quirky had they spent twelveyears raising their hand for permissionto go to the bathroom.”~Quinn Cummings, The Year ofLearning Dangerously: Adventures inHomeschooling
    21. 21. Bibliography• Dreher, Rod. Crunchy cons: how birkenstocked burkeans, gun-loving organic gardeners, evangelical free-range farmers, hip homeschooling mamas, right-wing nature lovers, and their diverse tribe of countercultural conservatives plan to save America (or at least the Republican Party). Crown Pub, 2006.• Encyclopædia Britannica Online, s. v. "homeschooling", accessed March 21, 2013,• Helping homeschoolers in the library. American Library Association, 2008.• Homeschooling.• Homeschooling.• Homeschooling. Dan Boylan; Joy Chong-Stannard; Colette Fox; Joshua Kamakawiwoʻole Dan Mather; Lisa Rabe; ; Stacey Roberts; PBS Hawaii. ; 2007• Johnson, Abbey. “Make Room for Homeschoolers.” American Libraries Magazine, 2012.• Library Services for Homeschoolers. olers• PERLSTEIN, LINDA. "DO-IT-(ALL)-YOURSELF PARENTS. (cover story)." Newsweek 159, no. 6 (February 6, 2012): 46-51. Vocational and Career Collection, EBSCOhost (accessed March 21, 2013).• Scheps, Susan G. The librarians guide to homeschooling resources. American Library Association, 1998.• Shinn, Lora. "A Home Away from Home." School Library Journal 54, no. 8 (August 2008): 38-42. Vocational and Career Collection, EBSCOhost (accessed March 21, 2013).• Quotes About Homeschooling.