Tuesday is our regular Books & Libraries Day in the River Houses when we recommend library-related resources you can browse, save, and share with your homeschool students. If you’re looking for some indoor educational activities for older students this summer — in the evenings or when it’s too hot to go outside — take a look at the wide range of wonderful cooperative projects available from the Library of Congress and the National Archives:
These are real online projects managed by our national libraries that involve transcribing, tagging, documenting, and organizing important digital resources in our national collections. For example, you might help enter data for a collection of records of military awards given to soldiers during World War II; or you might help assemble an index of letters sent by citizens to President Theodore Roosevelt; or you might transcribe the diaries and records of famed Civil War nurse Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross — or you might help with any of a whole host of other projects in United States and world history.
All these projects offer high-school-age homeschoolers exceptional opportunities to develop research and study skills that will be important in their later college work or in their careers. And successful participation in one or more of these projects would certainly look very good on a future college application as well!
What educational discoveries have you been making (online or offline) in your library this Hercules Term? 😊
❡ 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 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 and get great homeschool teaching ideas delivered right to your mailbox all through the year. 📚