Blog

The Blog of Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Help for Homeschoolers

Posted about 5 days ago by Regina S

With the uncertainty of COVID, librarians are seeing an uptick in calls from people who are choosing to homeschool their children. As a librarian who homeschooled my two children, I have some insight into leveraging Library resources as you educate your children.

First, I want to mention that to homeschool in Ohio you need to notify your school’s superintendent at the beginning of the year and assess your children’s learning at the end of the year. The Ohio Department of Education website will guide you through the process. You’ll find that Ohio gives homeschoolers a lot of choice in what to offer and when. I found a simple scope and sequence helpful in planning what my kids would study. World Book offers a typical course of study which can be useful.

As to Library resources, a note on what we don’t offer extensively: textbooks and workbooks. Although we do have a few, there are just too many different homeschool curriculums for us to offer a good selection. Also, workbooks don’t work so well if you can’t write in them and families typically need textbooks longer than our borrowing period, so it doesn’t make sense for us to purchase them.

While we don’t offer many textbooks, the Library offers a rich assortment of resources and services that provide ample aid to homeschoolers, all free to anyone with a Library card and PIN.

To begin with, if you are a homeschooler, parent or other educator, take a look at the new tab on the Toledo Library’s home page, PreK-12 HELP where we’ve gathered a wealth of educational options.

When I homeschooled, I purchased some curriculum, particularly for Math which I was a little nervous about teaching. For other subjects, I found that informational Library books were great learning resources. Need books about bears for a 3rd grader? Ask your librarian for recommendations. They can find books at your child’s reading level. You can call or ask in person at your branch or fill out this handy form to request materials.

One thing that’s new since I was homeschooling is the selection of electronic resources that the Library offers. If you need books after the Library closes or don’t want to brave the weather (or COVID), we have a great variety of books that you can access with your computer, phone or tablet.

Scholastic Teachables

If you need a printable worksheet for skills practice, check out Scholastic Teachables. Use the search bar or click on “Topics” to narrow down the resources by grade level and subject.

Scholastic Teachables™

Scholastic Teachables™ is an online database of tens of thousands of searchable and printable educational materials for Prek-6th grade! Teachables™ has 25,000 classroom resources to supplement any subject including leveled mini-books, fun clip art, plus skill and activity sheets.

Third-Party Provider: Scholastic

Access Scholastic Teachables™ Now

Overdrive​

Overdrive offers a wide selection of books, many of which are commonly taught in schools. You can access them on your computer or download the Libby app to read them on a phone or tablet.

Overdrive (Libby App)
        

Features: Largest selection of digital content. Limit of 20 checkouts per month.
Need help? Try our online chat or check out Overdrive's help section.

Access just for Kids
Access just for Teens

Third-Party Provider: Overdrive

Download the Libby by Overdrive app:

Access Overdrive (Libby App) Now

World Book eBooks

World Book eBooks has mainly informational books supporting educational subject matter which you can read online. It also has a collection of early readers for kids new to reading.

World Book eBooks
  

Supports classroom instruction and library reading initiatives with over 2,500 titles, including World Book exclusive content and classic literature. 24/7 unlimited, simultaneous access. World Book eBooks also feature a free downloadable app compatible with Apple, Windows, and Android devices.

School information
Grade Levels: elementary school, middle school and high school
Subjects: art/music, English/language arts, health, history/government, science, social studies and technology

Third-Party Provider: World Book

Access World Book eBooks Now

BookFlix

Speaking of early readers, BookFlix is a great Library resource for families with preschoolers and early readers. It pairs fiction and non-fiction picture books and early readers for topics appealing to younger kids.

BookFlix
     

Features: Watch, read and listen to animated picture books in nine categories, including Animals and Nature, People and Places, and Family and Communities. Includes fiction, nonfiction and some Spanish language titles. No waiting.

School information
Grade Levels: preschool and elementary school
Subjects: art/music, English/language arts, geography, history, math, science and social studies

Third-Party Provider: Scholastic

Access BookFlix Now

hoopla​

Though I usually think of hoopla when I am looking for movies, it also has an extensive selection of popular audio and eBook titles. It even has some books on how to homeschool as well as a huge selection of non-fiction for kids and teens.

hoopla
           

Features: Everything is available instantly, no waiting - limit of 10 checkouts per month.
Need help? Try our online chat or check out hoopla's help section.

Third-Party Provider: Midwest Tape

Access hoopla Now

ScienceFlix

ScienceFlix features a host of science topics and has text which can be customized to reading ranges from 2nd grade to 12th grade. Each topic is like its own unit with videos and text and a quiz to check your child’s mastery of the subject matter. ScienceFlix is a great learning tool for kids!

ScienceFlix
     

Features: View educational videos, read articles, find experiments to try, take quizzes and explore trustworthy related websites on a variety of science topics including Earth, space science, life science, health and the human body, physical science, and tech, math and engineering. Also offers lesson plans, quizzes and projects for teacher use.

School information
Grade Levels: elementary school, middle school and high school
Subjects: geography, health, math, science and technology

Third-Party Provider: Scholastic

Access ScienceFlix Now

Transparent Languages​

Want to add a world language to your child’s curriculum? Create a free account with Transparent Language to get started.

Transparent Language

Learn more than 100 languages at your own pace with easy-to-use online lessons, vocabulary exercises, practice activities and more.

School information
Grade Levels: high school
Subjects: foreign language

Third-Party Provider: Transparent Language

Access Transparent Language Now

These are just of few of the resources that the Library offers. You can find more under the Research menu on the Library website. Look there for the link Education and Homework Help. And don’t forget, librarians are standing by to help with your homeschool needs. Just ask if you have a question!

Related Content