Are you a project person? I am! Whether it’s scrapbooking, knitting, or making cards, I like to have a variety of projects to work on. In looking at my homeschool programming choices, it’s obvious that my “project personality” extends to the Library as well. I enjoy creating month-long series of programs, which culminate in some sort of project.
Last month, I shared my picture book/STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) series for younger homeschool students. This month, I’ll focus on the older students (ages 11-14) and the “Spring into Motion” physics series I created for them, using picture books and STEAM concepts.
For my final homeschool program series of the school year, I found a winning combination in picture books and science. The homeschool parents we serve love when I offer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) programming. I love to share picture books with the homeschool students, no matter the students’ ages! How to combine those two? Use picture book biographies as springboards for STEAM programs for homeschool students.
Combine architecture, urban planning, civic responsibility with career presentations … and what do you have? A month-long program called Bookopolis, 2040!
The equation is difficult, one of the hardest math problems I’ve had to solve. Take 2020 programming, add COVID, subtract in-person options, and you get….??? Correct: you get a lot of questions. After puzzling over programming for our homeschoolers, I think I landed on a good solution to start the year off right.
The COVID-19 shelter-in-place order here in Illinois has certainly changed life as we know it. For families that were already homeschooling their children, perhaps not as much has changed, but what is new is the inability to attend library programming. I did what we’re all doing: provide programs online, including our content-based “Homeschool @ the Library” program and our fun “Homeschool Hangout.”
For homeschool programming at our Library, my approach was part Field of Dreams (“if you build it, [they] will come…”) and part The Wizard of Oz (“there’s no place like home”). I knew I wanted to build an engaging and valuable program so our homeschool families would come to the Library, but I also wanted to offer activities that wouldn’t be readily available in their homes.