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  1. Our public library sorts fiction like this: board books easy readers children's fiction (chapter books) YA fiction adult fiction but only sorts non-fiction into children's (anything from little picture books about a seed growing into a plant to fairly lengthy biographies, but many more of the former type) and adults' (which is sometimes DS's interest level and appropriate in topic, but often above his independent sustained reading ability level and frequently littered with language I don't want him picking up). Right now I often use the latter as bedtime read-alouds, simply improving language if needed as it comes up. However, I'd like any suggestions you'd like to throw out about making the transition to adult NF without my having to pre-read every book or waiting until he's mature enough that I'm not worried about profanity as a discipline issue. Advise me, wise Hive!
  2. Where to order large selections of books or book "packages"? I see Rainbow Resource has some for FIAR and the Let's Read and Find Out science book packages. Are there any others I've missed (their product list is massive!) Also, there's ebay. Any other sites I could order large selections from? Even sites that may cater to schools?
  3. Just found this and wanted to share: Why the Internet is No Subtitute for a Library
  4. We're considering using FIAR for our 4 1/2 year old (going into kindergarten next year). I have a chance to buy vols. 1-3 used but there are none of the actual books included. I heard that it can be hard to hunt down the individual books as many of them are older. Can someone let me know who has used FIAR? I'd like to use them from the library if possible. We do belong to one large library system and 2 smaller libraries (we're library groupies)...so if I planned ahead do you think that most of them could be found? Amy
  5. So I have destroyed 3 rolling carts now from lugging my books back and forth to the library every week and wanted to know if anyone has any suggestions for something more durable that has worked for them! I really need it to be on wheels but want it to last! Anyone have suggestions? Thanks much!
  6. We like: Families of the World series - each one gives a "day in the life" of a child in a rural area and an urban area of a particular country - one girl and one boy. Reading Rainbow - the covers and theme music look hokey (dated), but they are very informative and creatively done. Scholastic - picture books brought to life - a friend whose kids had outgrown them gave us a whole set, but we've found many at the library, too. Bill Nye, the Science Guy (Disney) - my 8 yo daughter loves him (she wants to be a marine biologist). Magic School Bus, of course! We're about to try the Felicity video (American Girl) we just picked up at the library since my oldest has read those books and we're just wrapping up the colonial period in SOTW. We've also watched some of the Liberty Kids series on Netflix instant. What are your favorites that you've found at the library, secondhand, or online?
  7. I usually check out well over 50 books at a time, and I'm getting kind of tired of lugging them all in the 3 big tote bags that I use. Does anybody know of some kind of bag on wheels or some other cart type thing that would be useful. I don't want something too big that would be hard to maneuver through the libray. Any suggestions? Thanks.
  8. How do you do it? I'm starting to have a large number of books, because I visit the thrift shop and they've got 'em there and they're so cheap and you just can't beat the price. I got the Usborne Internet Linked History Encyclopedia for half price a while back. The most recent trip I got a Kingfisher book about the universe that's hardcover and practically brand new, plus a bunch of DK books, and some books about snakes & things. Just kids' paperbacks, most of them, but still informative. They're multiplying. Like rabbits. It's getting obnoxious to try to keep track of them, to figure out what I have, what I don't have... So what do you guys do? Are those websites like Library Thing or Shelfari worth the time? How do you remember WHERE the books are, or WHICH books you already have? DH keeps saying that I should give up on the library, because the amount I keep paying in fines would buy several books. I don't know that I'm ready to quit them entirely, but we do pay a good chunk to them from time to time in fees! But either way, I rather suspect that with homeschooling the whole my books are mulitplying and replenishing my shelves thing is not going to go away!
  9. Our library has a table near the children's section that is labeled Homeschool Resource Center. It pretty much consists of magazine holders with various education catalogs. The catalogs are probably 3 to 1 school supply catalogs rather than homeschool related catalogs. (In other words, there are catalogs like ETA, but no Sonlight or Peace Hill Press or even Rainbow Resource Center.) The librarian who set it up said that he would welcome suggestions and extra catalogs. If you were new to homeschooling or were a homeschooler who was new to an area (this is a military base and about 1/5 of the population is new in any given year) what would you be looking for? Also, my experience is mostly with catalogs with a Christian bent. What great catalogs should I include that I might not know about?
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