Posts Tagged ‘homeschoolers’

Hack Your Fashion

Hack Your Fashion!
The Grabill Branch Library is hosting this creative homeschool program on Monday, September 14 from 10:30-11:30am. This program is designed for kids ages 6-16. We’ll use old fleece jackets to create hats, scarves, and other high fashion.

There are lots of homeschool programs at other locations of the Allen County Public Library for all kinds of kids with all kinds of interests. These programs are free and provide a great way to learn, explore, and share with other homeschool families.

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Egg Drop Challenge

This morning at the Grabill Branch Library we had a great time with physics!


Physics can be fun and these homeschoolers had a blast experimenting with different materials and designs to make just the right kind of container for their eggs. Some kids used bubble wrap, some used parachutes, and some combined all the materials on hand for some crazy looking creations!

Many locations of the Allen County Public Library have homeschool classes with all materials provided free of charge. It’s a great way to get out, meet other homeschool kids and learn something new. Just search our online calendar for homeschool events.

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Home schoolers in grades K-5 learned about some of the principles involved in building & construction in our Science Explorers program on December 10  in Children’s Services at the Main Library. First, we tried to build the tallest structures possible with spaghetti, tape and a marshmallow. Then we built with wooden blocks and tested our structures for strength with various objects from around the library. Creativity and problem solving were the words of the day!

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For more programs for home schoolers, visit the library’s events calendar or give us a call at 260-421-1220.

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The Field Trip Friday program at the Hessen Cassel Branch Library meets mostly on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. But in January they will meet on the 2nd and 4th Fridays. In November we studied the Arctic using the Magic Tree House Book Polar Bears Past Bedtime as the jumping point into the subject.

During the first session we do an introduction to the subject, read aloud from the Magic Tree House Book, and do an activity. While the students work on the activity, like making an Arctic food chain, I book talk other books available on the  subject including fiction, non-fiction, chapter books, early readers, and picture books.

After our first meeting in November the students went home with two assignments.

1. Finish reading Polar Bears Past Bedtime
2. Work on making an arctic scene

When we came together again on the 3rd Friday we added to our arctic scenes, already in progress, and created icebergs with Styrofoam.

We had a ton of fun carving out the ‘ice’ and inserting it into our dioramas.                     

For the month of December we’ll start with Tigers at Twilight and study India and it’s endangered animals.

The rest of the year for Field Trip Fridays are:

January 10th & 24thDingoes at Dinnertime – Investigating the country and continent of Australia.

February 7th & 21stGood Morning Gorillas – Whisking back to Africa to research the mountain regions.

March 7th & 21stEve of the Emperor Penguin – Tackling the southern cold region of Antarctica.

April 4th & 18th  – A Perfect Time for Pandas – Focus our inquiry on China’s culture, art, and animals.

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Here to Help

bus3The buses are rolling down the streets and the kids are sporting new backpacks.  Whether you’re a teacher, student, or parent, the library is here to help you with all your school-related needs.

Just some of the questions we can answer are:

Do you have a book about dogs that’s in the 500 Lexile level?

Can I get a collection of 30 books about Indiana history for my 4th grade class to use?

Do you have something to help me with my multiplication tables?

If I need a movie about the water cycle for homeschooling how long can I check it out?

Do you have the book The Call of the Wild on CD so I can listen as I read along?

We get these kinds of questions every day at the library and we’re happy to help you find what you need, so stop by or give us a call!

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On Monday, December 17, a group of book-loving homeschoolers got together for their monthly book club — and held their own Mock Caldecott Election!  After pointing out the strengths of their favorites from this year’s nominees, the group took a vote — and there was a tie for first place!  After two more votes, the winner finally became clear.

Great Books Homeschool Book Club Mock Caldecott

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger was chosen by the group as their Mock Caldecott Winner.

 Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky  and Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems were chosen as Mock Caldecott Honor Books.

The Great Books Book Club is open to homeschoolers ages 6 to 11.  We meet at the Main Library in Children’s Services — our next meeting will be Monday, February 18 at 2:00, when we’ll talk about the books A Dog’s Life: The Autobiography of a Stray by Ann M. Martin and Once I Ate a Pie by Patricia MacLachlan, both winners of the Young Hoosier Book Award.

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It’s been a great year for picture books — so many titles, such a variety of artistic styles and techniques and stories!  If you’ve been following our blog throughout the year, you will know that on Mondays we’ve been posting some possible candidates for the Caldecott Medal in our “Mostly Picture Books” posts.  We currently have 53 titles on our list — and we need to narrow it down a bit.  That’s where YOU come in — please take our “Mostly Picture Books” Poll and help us decide which books should make this year’s “Short List”:

  1. Click here to get to the “Mostly Picture Books” Poll.
  2. Choose your top three favorite picture books (be sure to scroll all the way through the list — it’s a long one!).
  3. Click submit — and your choices will be recorded.

You may also suggest a title for the list — have we missed any great books?  Let us know by entering a title on the poll, by commenting on this post, or by sending us an email.

The official announcement of the 2013 Caldecott Medal winner (and lots of other award winners, too!) will be made on January 28, 2013 — but here in Children’s Services, we have plenty of opportunities for you to participate in Caldecott-related events!

  • Through the month of November, and at a special program on December 1 & 2, families had the opportunity to vote for their favorite picture book.  The title receiving the most votes in this program was:  The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems.
  • On Monday, December 17, homeschoolers are invited to attend our Mock Caldecott Election for Kids, from 2:00-3:00pm, where we’ll talk about and then vote for our favorite.
  • On Saturday, January 12, from 9:00am to 1:00pm, adults are invited to our annual Mock Caldecott Discussion & Election.
A Ball for Daisy2012 Caldecott Medal Winner

A Ball for Daisy
2012 Caldecott Medal Winner

I Want My Hat Back2012 ACPL Mock Caldecott Winner

I Want My Hat Back
2012 ACPL Mock Caldecott Winner

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