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.