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National Library Week

It is National Library Week and to celebrate, The Homeschool Classroom is focusing on reading, books, library skills, and research skills. Why not plan a trip to your local library and discover all the resources available to you and your family? While you are there, take a thankyou gift for the staff.


1.1   Article: “Busy Mom’s Guide to Finding Time with God”

We can set the example for our students by putting priority on God’s word. Whether we carve out a specific time to read our Bibles or listen to recorded versions, we can set the example that God’s word is the highest priority in our lives. Kathie at the Character Corner shares her suggestions to find time to spend with God.


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1.2   Libraries and Your Family

Did Benjamin Franklin open the first public library? This article chronicles the history of the public library.


You can use the resources on this page to help your child become a better reader.


Is your child dyslexic? The resources on this page may help you determine if your child is dyslexic. There are also resources to facilitate reading skills if your child processes things differently.


Find a library near your location by typing “library near me” in the Google search bar and you will obtain a map with the locations of libraries near you, as well as links to the library’s websites, operating hours, and a phone number.


You can also use this index to find libraries throughout Virginia.


Have you ever wondered if you could borrow digital books? Amazon has a list of books you can borrow through Amazon’s Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. The instructions on this page will help you find digital books you can borrow.


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1.3   Books, the Library, and Reading for the Preschooler

Spring is a great time to get your preschooler out in nature. You can combine a trip to the library, these books about birds, a nature walk, and a few crafts to teach your preschooler about our feathered friends.


Experts will tell you that the best way to prepare your preschooler for reading is to read to him. This list of books is a great starting point to set your babies on the road to loving literature.


Libraries are filled with stories and books. Pernille Ripp offers this list of picture books that celebrate books and libraries.


Singing songs is a great way to get preschoolers excited about a trip to the library.


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1.4 Library Skills and Activities for Elementary and Middle School Students

Before a student can learn library skills, he must be able to put words in alphabetical order. There are many alphabetical order activities listed on this website to spice up and help keep this learning milestone interesting.


This guided library outing will help you introduce your children to the wonderful world of the public library. There are suggestions on how to make a library outing fun, a scavenger hunt print out, a list of suggested questions to interview a librarian, and an activity to encourage your child to explore the library.


What sort of book would your child like to read? The choices are endless. So, what book would they love? You can use the interest index at Start with a Book to find books for the artist, builder, cooking enthusiast, the dinosaur enthralled, the athlete, scientist, engineer, and others.


Having your child retell a story is a great way to check for comprehension, to have them use their imagination, and for you to connect with them and the stories they are reading. You can use these suggestions to provide props to retell popular children’s books.


Charlotte Mason, the famous 19th-century educator, called the act of retelling a story oral narration. A simple google search using the terms “Charlotte Mason narration” will produce a long list of websites explaining this skill, as well as ways to implement it in your homeschool. Here is one to get you started:


There is more to reading than letter recognition and decoding words. The ideas on this page will not only aid you in teaching reading, but will help you engage your students with books in deeper and more meaningful ways. The material is broken down into the categories teaching reading, book projects, and thinking about books.


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1.5 Reading, Books, and the Research Project

You can prepare your high school student to transition into college with the High School to College Transition: What to expect at college libraries reference page provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library at Vanderbilt University.


Vanderbilt also has a handy section on how to start your research project.


This extensive list of online tools may help your student find sources for a research project.


OWL, Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab, has a wealth of information about writing, researching, and citing sources.


If your student is considering pursuing an education in library science, this information may be helpful.


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HEAV and Virginia homeschooling families celebrate national library week!

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