The new homeschool year is about to begin, and if you haven’t already done so, we’d like to invite you to fill up your family reference library for the year ahead.
We recommend six reference books for every homeschool library, and we refer to one or more of these books in almost all our River Houses blog posts throughout the year. You can read more about these recommendations and about the reasoning behind them on our “Six Books” page (riverhouses.org/books). The collection includes a comprehensive dictionary, a world atlas, a world almanac, a history encyclopedia, a North American bird guide, and a backyard astronomy guide.
The specific titles we recommend are not children’s books, they are family books, and this collection can form the core of a fine family reference library. These volumes are not intended for use with a specific curriculum, but are instead permanent reference works that can support and supplement any curriculum you choose to follow. The world almanac must be renewed each year, but the others are permanent additions to your library that can strengthen your homeschool teaching for many years to come.
Look over the details of these works and think about adding one or two or all of them to your shelves in the coming weeks.
What educational adventures do you and your students have planned for the wondrous homeschool year ahead? 😊
❡ Dukedoms large enough: Have you found all the local libraries in your area? There may be more than you realize, and there’s no better homeschool field trip than a field trip to a new library! The WorldCat Library Finder will help you find all the library collections near you — public and private, large and small — and the WorldCat catalog itself will help you locate the closest copy of almost any book in the world. 😊
❡ Books in the running brooks: The sidebar on the River Houses website (riverhouses.org) has links to several important online library collections that we like to explore, as well as permanent links to WorldCat and the WorldCat Library Finder. Why not sit yourself down at a large screen for a while (rather than a phone) and give them a browse. 🔎
❡ When in doubt, go to the library: This is one of our regular Homeschool Books & Libraries posts. Add your name to our weekly mailing list (riverhouses.org/newsletter) and get great homeschool teaching ideas delivered right to your mailbox all through the year. 📚