As you may have noticed, homeschooling is on the rise in Canada and St. Thomas is no expectation. St. Thomas Public Library staff from the Children’s & Teens’ Department have definitely noticed the growing trend and have adapted their collection and services in order to best serve the needs of homeschoolers and their educators. Why is homeschooling on the rise? Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:
Parents cite two main motivations for homeschooling their children: dissatisfaction with the local schools and the interest to be more involved with, and have a greater say, in their children’s learning and development. Dissatisfaction with available schools includes concerns about the school environment, the quality of academic instruction, the curriculum being followed, bullying and parents’ lack of faith in the school’s ability to cater adequately for their child’s special needs. Some parents homeschool to have greater control over what and how their children are taught, to better cater for children’s individual aptitudes and abilities, to provide a specific religious or moral instruction and to take advantage of the efficiency of one-to-one instruction to free the child to spend more time on childhood activities, socializing and non-academic learning.
Some of our homeschooling resources include:
- Parent guides
- Exercise books for math by grade
- Canadian curriculum materials
- Online databases for reading and research
- Shared stories from other homeschooling parents
Homeschooling materials are located on the “Parent Shelf” in the non-fiction section of the Children’s & Teens’ Department, lower level. This shelf is right at the beginning of the non-fiction section, next to the windows. Look for this symbol.
Take a look at what’s in our collection by browsing our online catalogue.
We also set up “Library Visits” for homeschool groups with a library tour, activities, and a storytime (based on the age of the children attending.) Talk to the staff at the Children’s & Teens’ Information Desk on the lower level, call them at 519-631-6050 ext. 8015, or email them at youthdept@to set up a library tour for your homeschoolers! (Please be kind to the staff and set up a tour date and time before arriving to maximize the children’s benefit.)