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Santa Maria Homeschooling Groups

March 10, 2009

FamilyHomeschoolAdventures Yahoo Group
An inclusive group for Lompoc, Buellton, Solvang, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara and surrounding communities.

Santa Maria Inclusive Learners Yahoo Group
An inclusive group based in Santa Maria. Also has a bare-bones website.

Christian Home Educators Association of California Support Groups in Santa Barbara County

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Infopeople Workshops: Southern California Homeschooling Groups

March 9, 2009

Bay Shore School & Educational has a nice list of Southern California homeschooling support groups. For those of you looking for groups to network with, it’s a good place to start!

Service to Homeschooling Families: LA and Santa Maria Pre-Workshop Assignment Part 2

March 2, 2009

Another resource I think is valuable to those who want to learn more about homeschooling (which I’ve linked to here before and that I’ll be citing several times in the workshops next week) is the National Center for Education Statistics’ report, “Homeschooling in the United States: 2003.” The stats are a bit dated at this point, but they are also the most rigorously collected and carefully analyzed stats currently available on homeschooling. It is tremendously difficult to find studies of homeschooling that focus, like this one does, on homeschoolers as a whole rather than a very select group of homeschoolers. The authors’ comments in the NCES report speak to some of the difficulties in collecting information about homeschoolers, and some of their findings might surprise you. Here are just a few interesting factoids from the study:

  • * The number one reason homeschooling parents (85.4% of respondents) gave for homeschooling their children was “concern about environment of other schools.” The number two reason (68.2% of respondents) was “dissatisfaction with academic instruction at other schools.”
  • * Homeschooled children are more likely to come from two-parent families, have more siblings, and have one parent home full-time than their institutionally-schooled peers.
  • * 77.9% of respondents reported using the public library as a primary source of learning materials. The library won out over homeschooling catalogs, bookstores, and homeschooling organizations–as well it should.

The NCES has started updating this data, and in December they published a new “In Brief” report, “1.5 Million Homeschooled Students in the United States in 2007.” It’s nothing earth-shattering, but it’s worth a quick read.

Service to Homeschooling Families: LA and Santa Maria Pre-Workshop Assignment Part 1

February 19, 2009

Welcome attendees of Infopeople’s upcoming “Service to Homeschooling Families” workshops in LA (March 9th) and Santa Maria (March 11th)! California has a vibrant homeschooling community. I’ve loved having the opportunity to learn more about it talking to library staff in past workshops, and I’m looking forward to learning more in the ones to come! In preparation for the workshop, I thought some of you might like to get a head start on exploring the world of homeschooling. One of my favorite websites for newbies is the Homeschool Diner, maintained by homeschooler Julie Shepherd Knapp. Her “Guide to Homeschooling Approaches and Curriculum (and Everything)” is designed for new homeschoolers, but it’s also an excellent resource for library staff who would like to begin learning more about homeschooling. I highly recommend reading the article and delving further into the site. If you would like to post a comment here to let me know what you think about what you’re reading, I’d be glad to hear from you.

Service to Homeschooling Families: Infopeople Pre-Workshop Assignments, Part 1

January 2, 2009

Welcome attendees of Infopeople’s upcoming “Service to Homeschooling Families” workshops at the Solano County Library – Fairfield (January 12th), Buena Park Library District (January 14th) and San Diego County Library Headquarters (January 15th). I am very much looking forward to meeting all of you the week after next. In preparation for the workshop, I thought some of you might like to get a head start on exploring the world of homeschooling. One of my favorite websites for newbies is the Homeschool Diner, maintained by homeschooler Julie Shepherd Knapp. Her “Guide to Homeschooling Approaches and Curriculum (and Everything)” is designed for the new homeschooler, but it’s also an excellent resource for library staff who would like to begin learning more about homeschoolers. I highly recommend reading the article and delving further into the site. If you would like to post a comment here to let me know what you think about what you’re reading, I’d be glad to hear from you.

Service to Homeschooling Families, San Francisco: Program Plans

December 4, 2008

One of the exercises we did in today’s Service to Homeschooling Families workshop here in San Francisco involved breaking into groups to design programs. I wanted to post the program plans to the blog so people didn’t have to take notes while we were talking, but also so they’d be a resource for those who weren’t in the program. It’s a great group of ideas. Thanks so much to everyone who participated in today’s workshop!

Program #1: Homeschool Open House

The library would run two programs concurrently: the informational session for parents in a meeting room adjacent to the library and a story program for the children in another area. The informational session would include information about obtaining a “teacher” card, a bibliography/presentation on available materials, information on searching databases, and information about other library offerings (computers, library skills training, outreach). There would be a short survey for participants to fill out. Refreshments would be available, and the program would conclude with time for parents to mingle.

Program #2: Homeschoolers Acting Out!

This monthly program would combine book discussion and reader’s theatre. The library would take advantage of having a meeting room with a movable divider. To start, the divider would be in place. In one half of the room, children who are not yet reading independently will have activities with their parents. In the other half of the room, children who are reading independently would discuss a book and practice a reader’s theatre script based on that book. After the discussion/practice, they’d open up the divider and perform the reader’s theatre piece for the younger kids and parents. Participants would get a book and script for the next month at the end of the program.

Program #3:  Family Book Group

This would be open to all children–whether they’re listening to the books or reading them themselves. They’d pick “meaty” middle grade novels, books that are longer but don’t have material that would be inappropriate for younger children. (The group gave The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling as an example.) They’d make sure the books were available on audio, so families could listen to it on car rides or at other times, and they’d also buy extra copies of the books they’re discussing. This would be a monthly, registered program. They’d obtain families’ email addresses so they could email reminders. They’d set up tables in a square with chairs around, so people are facing each other. The session itself would include discussion, a craft or activity, and refreshments.

Program #4: Homeschool Open House

At 1:00 in the afternoon, families would gather together in the meeting room where they’d get nametags, have a brief introduction, and take a short survey. After that, they’d go out to different stations around the library where they’d learn about various resources and where they’d also learn about upcoming programs related to various sections. (So, for example, when you’re showing the library catalog, you would point out that there will be a class on how to use the library catalog on Friday, December 4 at 1:00.) They’d also promote volunteer opportunities and other library services (holds, returning books at other system libraries). They also view this program as a way to raise the rest of the staff’s awareness of homeschoolers. They’d get the group back into the meeting room at the end of the program with prize drawings (prizes would be books culled from donations to the library), and that’s when they’d hand out a packet with information participants can take home and use/peruse.

Service to Homeschooling Families, San Franciso: Pre-Workshop Assignment #3

December 1, 2008

One of the most important things I encourage library staff to do when they’re beginning to build services to homeschoolers is to become familiar with local homeschooling groups. With an eye to that, I did some Google searching in an attempt to uncover some homeschooling resources in the San Francisco area:

San Francisco Homeschoolers

This inclusive group (open to anyone) organizes members-only activities, maintains a website, and also maintains a Yahoo Group. Membership costs $9/year.

San Francisco Bay Unschooling Network (SFBUN)

This active Yahoo Group is a support system for unschoolers in the Bay Area.

California Homeschool Network’s Listing of Support Groups in San Francisco

This listing includes contact information for several groups that don’t appear to maintain websites.

[Don’t forget pre-workshop assignments parts 1 and 2. See you all Thursday!]