I have been homeschooling for seven years. Three years ago, I had an epiphany...schedule a teacher work day once a month! I used to regularly schedule one work day a month when I was a Speech-Language Pathologist in the public schools. Why am I not doing this now as a homeschool teacher?! (This is when I smacked my forehead and said, "I should've had a V8!") On teacher work days, I can take care of appointments, make lesson plans, calculate hours, register for field trips, put library books on hold, fill out birthday/anniversary cards, etc...
I always felt a little cheated that there was not a book already written about my family. Don’t get me wrong, I have loved doing all the research. But when I hit a brick wall, it would be nice to open up a book and find all the answers inside. One day I found a book right here in the library that had some of the answers that I had been looking for.
I belong to a book club. One of the many benefits is that I read books I might not have chosen on my own. Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year, by David Von Drehle, is one of those titles. The premise of this book is that the year 1862 determined the outcome of the Civil War and cemented the reputation of Lincoln as one of our greatest presidents.
Well, it’s that time of year again. Everyone is cleaning off their grills and getting ready for the “grilling season.” And, hamburgers are one of the most popular things that people grill during the summer months.
If you want to try something new or just spice up your burger, the Library has many books pertaining to hamburgers. Who knows, maybe you will find a recipe to the “perfect” burger!
As a busy homeschool teacher and parent, I am constantly trying to find ways to maximize our time…especially when we are in the car driving to fieldtrips, library events, or sports. It is amazing how many hours you can accrue doing “car-schooling.” I wanted to share a fun literature unit idea that should fit with any curricula or age group you teach…all available at your local Mid-Continent Public Library branch!
MGC’s Archival Collections…Now with Digital Access!
The Midwest Genealogy Center has exciting news to share! We have begun to add digital archival collections to our website. Digital archival collections will help provide wider access to genealogists, especially those who don’t live close to MGC. These collections will be online and accessible through any browser. If you find images that you want, they can be downloaded to a computer and saved. Items such as letters, record books, photographs, and more will be easier to read and use during research.
Welcome to the newest addition of MCPL’s Virtual Branch—the Homeschool Page!
The new section includes many great resources, including, new, updated websites (curriculum, blogs, tips & tricks, and more!), events for homeschool kids and teens, and blogs by our Homeschool Advisory Team. This team is made up of actual homeschool families who will share their experiences with library resources and how they utilize them in their everyday learning.