Welcome to my final day of Homeschooling Essentials. Thank you so much for joining me this week as I’ve explored what I find necessary to teach my kiddos.
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As I was trying to decide what the last item on my list should be, there were a plethora of options. Time, money, a good Bible, curriculum, a Kindle or other e-book reader… the list goes on and on. (And let me be clear: all of those, especially the Bible, are vital, I think. But I had to narrow it down to what I could fit into a week, so that’s what I’ve done.) I’ve found that with the other items I talked about this week (pencils, flexibility, and a plan), none of them would really matter without material to teach. And that’s where the library card comes in. If you have a good library system where you live, definitely invest the time to go get a card. Even if you have to pay an annual fee to access it (if you live outside of city limits and therefore your taxes don’t go to the library system, for example), it’s totally worth it. There’s no other place to get access to hundreds, thousands, millions of books for free.
I mentioned last summer when I was planning our homeschool year that I was going to use Ambleside Online for our core curriculum this year. We’ve stuck with that (for the most part), and the kids adore it. This is by far the best year of homeschooling we’ve ever done. But none of it would be possible without our library card. Almost all of the books prescribed in the Ambleside curriculum are available through our library system. And better yet, they’re not in high demand, so we’ve been able to get them pretty easily. If we’d had to buy all of those books (mostly through Amazon, as Ambleside utilizes primarily older books that a current bookstore isn’t likely to have), it would have cost us hundreds of dollars. But because of our library card, we’ve been able to spend roughly $20 on books is all. A good library system has been a real blessing to our family.
In addition to the schoolbooks, Munchkin participates in the monthly book club that the library offers. (They have one for Seahawk’s age, too, but he’s a much pickier reader and hasn’t been interested in the books they’ve been offering lately.) Without our frequent trips to the library, we wouldn’t know about the book club, and that would be a bummer.
So that’s it from me. Thanks again for joining me this week! Next week, I’ll be back to more of what I normally write about. I don’t what all I’ve got on the agenda, but there’ll be at least one recipe :). I’ll also try to have a Picture of the Week up later today or tomorrow as well.
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Our library card is an essential too!
We have four! 🙂
Haha! We have 2; helps “game the system” a little when the fines get too high.
library cards have saved us so much money homeschooling. We’ve been so blessed over the years bot find what we’ve need as far as living books that we read..
I don’t know what I would do without our library. And, thankfully we have one librarian who is especially home school friendly. She is ready to do anything to help us any time!
We pay $80 a year to use the library system in another county. Our city library is tiny and we only have access to 1 library. By, paying for a membership in another county we have access to ALL of the libraries in that county. It is only a 15 minute drive and my husband drives past one of the libraries to and from work each day, so he can run in and pick something up for me, if needed. They also have a hold system where I can reserve any books I’d like and they transport them to the library of my choice (for free) for me to pick up. We also love to participate in puppet shows, magic shows, after school kids club, etc. Definitely worth our $80!