At JCPL, we make every effort to help and encourage homeschool families. Librarians can guide you towards resources to support your homeschool curriculum. Programs, materials, and space to do schoolwork are just a few options available at your local branch.
The following websites can direct homeschool families to group support and other information:
Homeschool Programming at Your Library
Franklin Branch hosts the "Homeschool Hub" every Monday at 2pm for homeschool students in grades K through 6. Librarians lead structured activities on the first and third weeks of the month, and the Community Room is reserved on the second and fourth weeks for socialization time and parent-led activities. Please consult our Calendar of Events for program topics and registration.
All JCPL branches regularly host a wide variety of programming for children from birth through teens. Homeschooling students are encouraged to attend. Please consult our Calendar of Events for topics, dates and age restrictions.
Indiana requires you to provide 180 days of education equivalent to that offered in public school. Equivalency can and may show itself:
- in the course offerings and school subjects
- time spent in courses or subject areas
- skill development
- hands-on interaction with teacher
- incremental, daily lessons (4 days for alternate schedule or 5 day traditional schedule)
How to Get Started with Homeschooling:
- Explore the library collection - JCPL has a wide variety of titles on homeschool education.
- Learn the Indiana state standards, available on the Indiana Department of Education's Homeschool Information page. You can review state law and learn best practices. The standards are designed to be a guide for your educational program. They are not designed to be a curriculum in and of itself.
- Research teaching and educational styles - To understand schooling styles, see the introductory chapters in 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy and The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Bauer and Jessie Wise. Schooling styles play a huge role in curriculum choices and guides your selection process.
- Connect with local support groups and co-ops - Get support from those in your local community, such as the Indiana Association of Home Educators. The Home School Legal Defense Association can provide information and support.
- Practice absolute commitment - Though it may feel like several months before you become settled and confident, successful home schooling starts with absolute commitment and the continual desire to learn more about schooling styles, methods, and practical tips for success.
- Our Children's Librarians can help you obtain resources to assist with your homeschooling needs. For personalized assistance, contact the Children's Services Department at your library branch.