Resources for Homeschoolers

We’ve always had quite a few homeschool families in the Library District. Recently we have taken steps to update our collection of resources to help those families. Many of these newer titles might be interesting to other parents as well, so click on these links to get more information. We also have items on display at both the Aurora Public Library and the Dillsboro Public Library, including packets of information about some of our other educational resources.

  2 Homeschool Myths Debunked by Kent Larson  The Brave Learner by Julie Bogart  The Call of the Wild + Free by Ainsley Arment

 Homeschoolers are Not Hermits by Kathy Oaks  Homeschooled & Headed for College by Denise Boiko  Homeschooling Gifted Kids by Cindy West

 The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise  This is My Home, This is My School by Jonathan Bean  Unschooled by Kerry McDonald

As always, we’re happy to request items from other libraries, if we don’t have exactly what you need. Just talk to a staff member, or click here to request an item through Inter-Library Loan.

Happy Independence Day!

The Aurora Public Library District will be closed on

Friday, July 3rd, and Saturday, July 4th,

in celebration of Independence Day.

While you’re planning your holiday celebrations, why not check out a non-fiction book to help you learn more about the American Revolution? Here are some ideas to get you started. Don’t forget, you can also check out the digital selections on the Indiana Digital Download Center.

1776 by David McCullough The American Revolution: a World War The Drillmaster of Valley Forge by Paul Lockhart

Founding Fathers by K.M. Kostyal Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts George Washington's Secret Six by Kilmeade and Yaeger

Independence Lost by Kathleen DuVal Inventing America by Garry Wills Killing England by Bill O'Reilly

The First Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer The Whites of Their Eyes by Paul Lockhart Washington's Revolution by Robert Middlekauff

 

Books to Share with Your Dad

I know you must be already planning what you can do to make next Sunday a very special Father’s Day! Maybe you’re thinking about a scrumptious breakfast, or going fishing, or grilling out. Just make sure that you save a little bit of time for kids, Dads and Grandfathers to curl up together to share a picture book. We have plenty of choices that will make you smile (or giggle) and that will help you think about all the ways you can show your love to that special Dad or Granddad.

A Perfect Father's Day by Eve Bunting Bl;ue-Ribbon Dad by Beth Raisner Glass Daddies by Lila Prap

Father's Day by Anne Rockwell Just the Two of Us by Will Smith My Father is Taller than a Tree by Joseph Bruchac

  Grandfather and I by Helen E. Buckley My Father the Dog by Elizabeth Bluemle  I Love My Daddy by Sebastien Braun

Looking Around Outside

We’ve been cooped up and kept inside. We’ve spent lots of time on computers and other electronic devices. Now, as restrictions are slowly lifted, and as e-learning days have ended, this is a great time to get back to exploring the world outside. Here are a few picture books to share with your children as you take a close look at nature in your backyard and in your neighborhood. At the end of the post, you’ll also find some chapter books for older kids who love exploring nature.

Taking a nature walk is a wonderful way to build up your power of observation. Go slowly, and try to really notice all the little details of the world around you!

On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole  Tiny, Perfect Things by M.H. Clark

Round by Joyce Sidman  Swirl by Swirl by Joyce Sidman

My Forest is Green by Darren Lebeuf  Step Gently Out by Helen Frost

Jane Goodall, one of the world’s most famous scientists, spent her childhood observing nature, too. You can read about her in Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell. Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell

Studying the environment or animals can be a life-long hobby or career. If your older children are still fascinated by the natural world, point them to these chapter books, or ask for help in locating some great non-fiction for them!

Lanie by Jane Kurtz   Wild Wings by Gill Lewis   The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

Families Listen Together

While we are all staying at home, why not get into a routine of listening to part of an audio-book together each day? Here are some great family choices for listening that are available through the Indiana Digital Download Center.

These titles were all available for checkout when this post was written. If the book you want is not available now, please place a Hold on it. I’m monitoring the Holds, to determine if we need to purchase additional copies.

The Season of Styx Malone  I Funny  Alice in Wonderland

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up 

The Night Diary   The Kite Fighters  The One and Only Ivan

Funny Business  The White Giraffe

Three Time Lucky  Flora & Ulysses  Because of Winn-Dixie

COVID-19 Information

Many of these resources are updated daily:

World Health Organization COVID-19 Resources

Center for Disease Control COVID-19 Resources

John Hopkins University: Coronavirus Resource Center

Information from the U.S. Government:

 The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America

Coronavirus Resources

Information from the State of Indiana:

Public Resources in other Languages

Indiana Department of Health

 Resources for the Public

Resources for Professionals

Press Releases from Governor Holcomb

Executive Orders from Governor Holcomb

Information from Dearborn County:

Dearborn County Emergency Proclamation – dated March 17, 2020

Dearborn County Department of Health

City of Aurora Updates:

 Emergency Declaration Extended until May 6

Emergency Assistance Resources

Emergency Response – March 17, 2020

Emergency Order – March 16, 2020

Local Area Closings

 

Staying At Home? Great Resources for Families – Updated 4/4

This post will be updated as more great online resources become available during this time of social distancing. These are all free for anyone to visit and use.

New on 4/4:

 

New on 3/30:

  •  Make a Mancala Board: Mancala is a wonderful game for all ages. You just need an egg carton and some dried beans, pennies, or beads, etc for the pieces.
  • Virtual programs from the Taft Museum of Art
  • Salt Dough decorations – Make Easter shapes, circles, hearts, or whatever you can cut out free-hand or with a cookie cutter.

 

New on 3/24: Teaching Books resources – free access through at least the middle of September.

NEW: Digital Escape Room for Harry Potter fans!

Scholastic.com is making great online resources available to families and teachers. Scholastic Learn at Home

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is doing a video visit with a zoo animal each weekday at 3 PM. Instructions for a related craft are also included. Watch these live on the Zoo’s facebook page  or archived at: http://cincinnatizoo.org/home-safari-resources/ 

Mo Willems, beloved author and illustrator of children’s book is hosting a daily (weekdays) broadcast called Lunch Doodles. This is your chance to draw along with Mo!

Here’s another daily opportunity for the artists in your family: Draw Every Day with Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

Flannel Board Fun is a wonderful blog that offers lots of opportunities for kids to learn through play, and no, it’s not just about flannelboards!

National Geographic for Kids has great activities you can access without a subscription.

Don’t forget that limited screen time is still recommended for kids of all ages! Go outside to play together, get out a board game, play cards, or cook together.

Please keep checking back; more activities will be added!

Check Out These Digital Resources! Updated 4/1

Some, but not all,  of these free resources require an Aurora Public Library Card and a PIN. If you have a library card, but get blocked because your card has expired or you have forgotten your PIN, send an email to contact@EAPLD.org. I will try to address your issue the next time I’m in the library building.

New on 4/1:

New on 3/24: Mid-America Books is giving free access to all their e-books and databases through June 2020.

 

New on 3/24: Teaching Books resources – free access through at least the middle of September.

NEW: TumbleBooks is making their database of ebooks available FREE to all Public Libraries through the end of August 2020. Just click on the link to read the book on a computer or other device. Library card and PIN are NOT required, so spread the word! A big thanks to the folks at TumbleBooks who made this available to community members who don’t currently have a library card!

 

 

K-6 children’s ebooks

K-6 math ebooks

Ebooks for grades 7-12

Audiobooks for all ages

Adult Romance books: Just so you know, Tumblebooks describe these as “Steamy Romance novels”

Indiana Digital Download Center: Free downloads of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and magazines. Requires a valid Aurora Public Library District card and PIN. If you’ve used your library card recently, we’ve updated your expiration date to be good through the end of May 2020. If you have an expired card, send me a message at contact@eapld.org Let’s be kind to each other by remembering to return our digital items after we’ve read them! Remember the Magazines are simultaneous use, so never any waiting for one of the magazines!

Here’s a tutorial to get you started on digital downloads, if you’re new to this: Getting Started

These resources can be accessed through the Online Resources link of the Library’s web page:

Heritage Quest: This is a great way to begin looking at your family history and can be accessed remotely from a home computer or device. If you’re new to this, you may want to click on Research Aids at the top of the Heritage web page and then “Ancestry Anne’s Top 10 Search Tips” in the “Getting Started” box.

World Book Online and Britannica: Great resources for everyone, and you can select the resources appropriate to each age level.

Small Engine Repair: This is what you need when it’s grass-cutting season and you can’t get your lawn mower started! Also great for chain saws, motorcycles and other small power equipment.

A to Z USA: check this out for information on regional and ethnic foods, including recipes, agricultural products, and historical cookbooks.

Travel and Geographical information is available with these three resources:

    A To Z in the USA

     A to Z World Travel

     Global Road Warriors

We have grouped reliable health resources together under the heading Health and Medical Resources. This group of resources was collated through the work of the American Library Association.

Much, much more is available so scroll through all the resources at: https://eapld.org/online-resources/

 

Playing Around with Words

One of the best things you can do to encourage your child as a reader is to show them that language can be playful. Word play, including rhymes, made-up words, idioms and all kinds of silliness, builds awareness of the ways that words are composed of distinct sounds. Here are some great picture books that will help build skills, but just as importantly, will make you laugh!

Double Trouble in Walla Walla by Andrew Clements  Word Play by Ivan Brunetti

Even More Parts by Tedd Arnold  How do You Wokka-Wokka by Elizabeth Bluemle

Word Wizard by Cathryn Falwell  Take Away the A by Michael Escoffier  Eight Ate by Marvin Terban

Here are some great ideas from the American Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read Program:

  • Read a book with lots of made-up words. Try How do You Wokka-Wokka by Elizabeth Bluemle or a book by Dr. Seuss. Trying making up more words to go with the story.
  • Silly poems are fun and can teach new vocabulary.
  • Kids love riddles and jokes, which often use a “play on words”. Laugh along as you talk about the answer to the riddle or joke.
  • Having fun with words helps your child become more conscious of words and eager to learn more.