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Homeschooling Resources

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Our children's librarians have compiled a list of some of the most highly utilized and successful online homeschool resources. Please contact us with questions, suggestions and feedback!

Homeschool Guides, Facts & Regulations

GUIDES

Homeschool.com
A great resource for homeschool families with tips, curriculum, blogs, articles, and more to support child development from grades pre-K - 12.

Homeschooling Guide 
A wonderful site providing extensive information about accredited online schools at every education level to allow you to make informed decisions regarding the best fit for your child. Additionally, they have tips, guides, articles, etc. to direct and assist you.​​​​​

Howtohomeschool.net 
Help find homeschooling curriculum and homeschool resources for beginning or advanced homeschoolers.

FACTS AND REGULATIONS

Homeschool Legal Defense Association 
Nonprofit homeschooling information center source to field answers about learning readiness, special needs, laws, assistive technology, plans and more.   

National Home Education Research Institute
NHERI specializes in homeschool research, facts, statistics, scholarly articles and information.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
DPI is the state agency that advances public education and libraries in Wisconsin. Subscribe to their newsletter to be informed about stories regarding Wisconsin schools, news, updates and exciting opportunities for educators and students.

Wisconsin Parents Association
A state-wide, inclusive, grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the right and freedom of parents to provide an education to their children according to their own principles and beliefs.

Academic Subjects

Mango Languages   
Offering over 70+ world languages, 20+ ESL programs, and 500+ language learning resources. This award winning language methodology uses adaptive intelligent technology and real life examples to ensure valuable training focused on you.

Literature Resource Center  
Partnering with educators and librarians across the world to bring vital information and topics with easy-to-use technology for advanced and in-depth research and learning.

Scholastic Digital 
A digital nonfiction source for in-depth and adaptive learning within academic subjects, such as social studies, science, history, literacy, and math, including evaluations and skill building all while making learning interesting and enjoyable.

World History in Context   
An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in world history. The new solution merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

Khan Academy  
A free online nonprofit K - 12 academic courses site where students are taught lessons at their own pace empowering their process of learning through engaged standard aligned practices and customized instruction. Their stated mission is to "provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere.”

Resources Available at the Library

Book Bundles
Request a selection of books based on your child's interests and reading level by filling out this form. One of our librarians fills the request, essentially creating a surprise selection of great books that kids love.

Catalog
Search the Monarch Library System for books, music, movies, audiobooks, video games and more.

Databases
We gathered these 12 excellent educational digital resources for students and caregivers to investigate, focused on pre-K through highschool learning. 

Games for Kids
Close to 20 amazing programs and exciting educational games to search, play and explore! 

Internet Access and Wireless
This link outlines Mead’s internet access and connectivity, wireless access, printing, and computer use guidelines to assist you in your day to day needs.

IXL
Reinforce classroom and homeschooling lessons and improve student performance with this K - 12 online curriculum with free access using your library card. The site offers unlimited practice in over 6,000 topics with individualized learning experiences, awards, adaptive skill levels and detailed parent reports. 

Kanopy for Kids
This favored video streaming service provides thoughtful entertainment for children aged preschool and up with categories including TV series, learning languages, storybooks, anime, classic films, and documentaries.

Libby/Overdrive
Use your library card # and pin for easy reading and exploration of our expanded audio and e-book resources through Wisconsin Public Digital Library.

Library Card
Don’t have a library card? No problem, just fill out this form online to register and select your home library. You will be able to pick up your card at the front desk of the library.

Tumblebooks
Tumblebooks has over 1100 titles concentrating on grades K-6. It includes animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, graphic novels, playlists, and books in French and Spanish. 

Resources for Caregivers
From information on development from age 0-3, to promoting literacy through song and poetry to aged based reviews of movies, tv shows, etc to Arthur Family Health focused on allergies and nutrition to the Madison Public Library App Finder! Great links for the health, growth, fun and well being of your family.

Rosetta Stone
With over 30 different languages offered, RS is hailed at one of the best programs to learn another language online. Researched and proven to really work.  

Digital Resources

Educational Technology & Mobile Learning
Featuring educational web tools and mobile apps for teachers and educators.

Code Combat
A computer science coding realm where students and educators can learn how to create programs such as CodeCombat and the adventure game Ozaria. They aim to engage, empower and inspire students to learn computer science and technology programming through Python and JavaScript.

Colorin’ Colorado!
A bilingual site for educators and families of English Language learners. Colorín Colorado is a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of bilingual, research-based information, activities, and advice for educators and families of English language learners (ELLs). 

Consumer Notice: Internet Safety for Kids
Internet Safety for Kids: common safety rules for children and teens including advice on steps to take, conversation tips, risks and protections to keep you and your children safe.

Hmong Studies Internet Resource Center
This is a thorough and wonderful source for research and information focused on Hmong Studies including Hmong, Lao, Cambodian, and Vietnamese cultures. Additionally, located on this site, is The Hmong Studies Journal, an online educational publication that has extensive information concentrating on Hmong biographies, history, culture, as well as a focus on moving to and living in different countries other than your home country.

National Jukebox, Smithsonian
The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

PBS Online
At Home Learning   PBS Wisconsin is committed to ensuring equitable access to free and trusted resources in a variety of formats to help meet the needs of all learners in any learning environment. In partnership with Milwaukee PBS and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), we are continuing our At-Home Learning TV broadcast schedule for the school year, accompanied by curriculum-aligned digital resources. 

20 Ways to get your kids moving when they’re stuck inside
20 fabulous apps and sites to help get your kids moving and improve memory, cognition and their well being while they engage in any one of these awesome activities and experiences.

WXXI
Learn at Home: weekday WXXI-TV (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and WXXI-WORLD (12 to 5 p.m.) television schedules to support families, educators, and students. WXXI Education has also curated and created resources to support at-home learning: educational videos, activity ideas, lessons, free PBS KIDS apps, and linked resources to use PBS LearningMedia’s free educational service.

Kitchen Table Classroom
Can’t visit a major museum? You can enter these world class museums online touring art collections and spaces of The Met in NYC, The Smithsonian in our nation’s capital or The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This site offers interactive, online enjoyment; you can make your own art, get drawing tutorials, learn art history, get to know the art in their collections and follow/research favorite artists.  

Research Sites

JSTOR 
A digital library for scholars, researchers and students (at a junior and senior level) comprises over 12 million remarkable academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines. 

World Book Online
A comprehensive suite of e-learning resources designed for all ages and abilities with articles, videos, educator tools, eBooks, research guides and more.