Something I recommended in yesterday’s webinar is that librarians consider having a standard email they send out to people who are considering homeschooling or are new to homeschooling, which is something I’ve done for years. I keep the message I use saved in a Word document, and then whenever I talk to patrons who are trying to get a handle on homeschooling, I ask for their email address and send it along. My goal is to give people the basics that they really need to know to get started: the laws, the big support groups, and a few of the most helpful resources.
One of the webinar attendees asked if I’d share the message I send, so here it is (though I should note, I usually customize it based on the conversation I’ve had with the individual I’m sending it to):
Hello! This is where you can find information on homeschooling laws in NYS:
Here are a few of the bigger homeschooling groups you might be interested in taking a look at:
Simply Homeschooling (Yahoo group)
http://www.leah.org (religious/Protestant focus)
For some basic information on homeschooling styles and philosophies, I recommend the Homeschool Diner. For curriculum ideas, a couple great places to start are the World Book Typical Course of Study and Cathy Duffy Homeschooling Curriculum Reviews.
I hope this is helpful, but please let me know what other questions you have. I’m always happy to help!