You should know I’m redesigning my presentation. Right now, it looks like this:
Category Archives: Homeschooling
The train to Toronto doesn’t leave until 2:00 (in theory–I haven’t checked to see if it’s running late yet), so I feel like I have time. I’ve been using that time to hang around in my pajamas and finally make all the phone calls I need to make to change my address, since I’ve been living in my new place for two months now. I’ve also been planning two other trips because everyone knows the best time to plan a trip is the day you’re leaving to go on one you aren’t adequately prepared for.
Well, my presentation’s set. It’s … Read the rest
If you took the Helping Homeschoolers in the Library webinar I taught this morning, hi!
If you didn’t take the webinar I taught this morning, hi!
I’m glad to see everyone.
I shared a lot of web sites in this morning’s class (focused on developing programs and collections for homeschoolers), ones that I share in most of my presentations these days, and I thought it might be helpful to have a list of them here for folks who are interested in learning more, whether they’ve attended a presentation or not. So here goes.
Abby the Librarian wrote a great article for American Libraries about the work she’s done with homeschoolers. You can read it online here. She mentions Helping Homeschoolers in the Library, and it really made my day when I saw it. One of the many reasons I write is because I love seeing people take information I put into the world and making something positive–for themselves, for their libraries, for their communities. At this point, Abby does more programming for homeschoolers than I do, so she’s an inspiration, too.… Read the rest
Yesterday I was working on the PowerPoint presentations for these homeschooling webinars I’ll be leading in a couple weeks. What’s very cool about them is that I get two hour-and-a-half sessions, so I am able to take my usual whirlwind hour-long presentation and expand some sections and give the whole thing a little more depth. I think it’s going to be more valuable for the participants, and I’m excited to be doing something new.
While I was working, I realized that I needed to look up a date for one of my slides, and I started getting all, UGH, I … Read the rest
I’m going to be doing a few homeschooling webinars over the next couple months that I wanted to mention.
Helping Homeschoolers in the Library for the Education Institute
Thursday, March 29
I’m doing this one with librarian Alison McCullough. The Education Institute is out of Canada, so this has been the excuse I’ve been looking for to learn more about homeschooling in Canada and work with an entirely new audience.
Helping Homeschoolers in the Library for LibraryLinkNJ
Wednesdays, April 4 and 18
This is a two-part class, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to spend a little … Read the rest
A month or so ago, Craig sent me a link to this piece that ran on the Today show about unschooling. I was ready to be irritated by it, but it’s a fair and balanced picture of what unschooling looks like. The family the segment focuses on is very typical of what I’ve seen in unschooling, and the woman Matt Lauer interviews, Robyn Silverman, speaks knowledgeably and with a considerable amount of poise given how weirdly hostile Lauer is in his questioning. (Is he always like that? I really wanted to mute him.) Anyway, worth your time if you would … Read the rest
You know how it is when you’re going along in a normal workday and suddenly you discover that your book became available as an ebook? Back in January? And you didn’t even know? Maybe it’s just me. Even though I’m clearly a neglectful book mother and had nothing to do with this technological marvel (matter o’fact, when I read the ebook portion of my contract back in the day, I scoffed and thought to myself, “Like my book’s ever going to be an ebook. Please.”), I feel all proud of my book being cool and getting with the times. … Read the rest
Here’s an article about an interesting grant project the Guernsey County District Public Library did with homeschoolers in Ohio. What I like about the program is that the library identified a need, came up with a series of high-quality multidisciplinary programs inspired by a book, and networked with homeschooling groups to advertise the series. Their programs included outside experts, a field trip, and more traditional activities libraries typically offer. Very nice.… Read the rest