Today was our last day of book club and story time at our library. They did such a good job with the kids this past year, we are so grateful to have been a part of it. Because of it being our last one, I decided to peruse the books a little more than usual so we would have enough to last us a couple weeks in case we didn’t come back next week. This led me to so many good books that I want to use in our homeschool next year! Time to start planning! Like I ever stop.
Our library, and our town, is small. The population is just over 2,000 people. When we moved here, I was a little sad about that because we had such a huge library system back home. I have to say, I needn’t have been sad. Our current library, though small, is so awesome. If they don’t have a book, it’s likely we can get it shipped over from another library in our system, and they have such amazing (free!) programs for the kids.
I have mentioned on Instagram a few times that we are using Math U See for Chelsey, and that even though it worked well for my oldest for the first few years, Chelsey is just not enjoying it. She is such a hands on, real life learner. The rote memorization doesn’t work for her, and tons of worksheets does not either. When I found the math section at our library, I sat on the floor for 30 minutes just looking. It was amazing! Book after book on all topics. I left with 52 books checked out on our card (don’t judge me), probably a quarter of them math books, and felt INSPIRED.
Obviously I am not going to try to get through 50 books in the next 3 weeks with my kids on math and school topics. I checked them out so I could look over them and make notes about what books we would like to use in our homeschool next year. I’m so excited! Now I just need the time to sit and look through them all, and somehow restrain myself from wanting to do them all *right now*.
Do you use living books in your homeschool? Leave a note in the comments!