Our library has offered programs specifically for homeschooling families since 2008, and the response has been excellent! So much so, we’ve increased our offerings and resources each and every year…
As Homeschooling becomes a more and more popular choice, we understand that many families wish to have more control the content and quality of their education. Therefore, we are working directly with our homeschooling families to ensure that we are offering opportunities for them to choose from, without attempting to dictate any particular curriculum. Our Programs for Homeschoolers are usually standalone sessions in a very free-form environment, which allow for children’ group participation and interaction as often or not as it fits into each individual family’s homeschooling needs and preferences.
All that is just a long-winded way of saying: “We do lots of fun and informative hands-on projects… Please come and give it try!”
Homeschool Resource Links:
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education homeschooling FAQ and general information. This FAQ is a PDF file containing a easy to understand summary of all the statutory provisions regarding home schooling your children.
From the FAQ: “Home schooling is one of the options available for meeting the state’s compulsory attendance law, Section 167.031, RSMo. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education does NOT regulate or monitor home schooling in Missouri. Neither the State Board of Education nor the Department has the authority to issue regulations or guidelines concerning home schooling. The information contained in this handout is intended to answer the most common questions about home schooling.”
HomeschoolingInMissouri.com You’ll find support groups, teaching tips, stories of successful homeschoolers, events, discussions of homeschooling methods, and much, much more.
- Learn how to begin homeschooling.
- Find Missouri laws regulating home education.
- Read about the advantages of homeschooling.
- Find support groups all across Missouri.
- Review curriculum choices and suppliers and decide which are best for your family.
A to Z Cool Homeschooling Links – (Lots of great links to more homeschool resources, including those in Missouri in general and the Ozarks in particular.)
ProntoLessons “helps you save time preparing your homeschool curriculum in American history and science.”
Khan Academy – With the mission of “providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere” this website supplies a free online collection of more than 3,300 micro lectures via video tutorials stored on YouTube teaching K-12 mathematics, history, healthcare and medicine, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, economics, cosmology, organic chemistry, American civics, art history, macroeconomics, microeconomics, and computer science.
MIT Open CourseWare – MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a large-scale, Web-based publication of the educational materials from virtually all of the MIT faculty’s courses. This unique initiative enables the open sharing of MIT teaching materials with educators, enrolled students, and self-learners around the world. OCW provides open access to the core academic content — syllabi, lecture notes, course calendars, problem sets and solutions, exams, reading lists, and even a selection of video lectures — from MIT courses representing 33 academic disciplines and all five of MIT’s schools. As of June 2010, the initiative includes materials from more than 2,000 courses, presenting virtually the entire curriculum of the Institute.
Learning Express Library [Accessible only from our library computers] – Each of our Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? You’ll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that’s right for you.
U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding schooling options, decided June 1, 1925: InPierce v. Society of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that “the fundamental theory of liberty upon which all governments of this Union repose excludes any general power of the state to standardize its children by forcing them to accept instruction from public teachers only. The child is not the creature of the state.”