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Any budgeting parent is well aware of the public library and it's usefulness in family literature. For the homeschool parent it extends even beyond the obvious. Many public libraries are well stocked with books discussing the secrets to successful homeschooling program. Homeschooling books, each providing basic preparation information for the new homeschool parent, research materials for the parent that is pondering the questions involved in choosing an academic homeschool curriculum or making their own for their child, and resource materials for creating and implementing a homeschool classroom.
Additionally, the public library is filled with resource materials for the homeschooled student, reading opportunities for both education and relaxation purposes and valuable resources for group learning activities. Many homeschool parents of preschool and kindergarten age students may choose to utilize the public library story time activities as a way to integrate socialization activities for their young learners. This program can be participated in for the youngster while the older siblings perform research related tasks, thereby using time efficiently for the whole family. Many libraries now offer special focus book clubs, especially for the middle to high school students. This is a nice social outlet for newly independent teens, without letting them too far out of your sight. Taking younger siblings to the library for special reading time while the older siblings attend the book club sharing time can accommodate any meeting time. As your children grow, finding new ways to use the library and to show them how to respect and appreciate the public library is a valuable life skill.