Homeschool Resources

Getting Started

Please check out these helpful links which connect you with information on how to begin homeschooling, and where you can find help with any difficulties or questions that may arise.

Informational Resources:

Maine Department of Education: Home Instruction
Homeschoolers of Maine
Homeschool.com
Types of Homeschooling

Community Groups:

Homeschoolers of Maine Facebook
HOMEschooling Special Needs and Gifted Facebook
Annual Homeschool Convention Facebook
HOME Field Trip Forum Facebook
The Homeschool Mom – Blog

Curriculum Websites:

Abeka
Book Shark
Build Your Library
Calvert School
Charlotte Manson
The Critical Thinking Co.
Discovery K12
Global Village School
Harcourt
Intellego Unit Studies
Khan Academy
Language Treks
Moving Beyond the Page
Sonlight
Usborn
Veritas Press

Websites for Inexpensive Homeschool Curriculum:

Homeschool Classifieds
Second Harvest Curriculum
Free Homeschool Deals
Rainbow Resource

Useful Websites for Developing Your Own Resources

Education.com Worksheet Generator
Teacher’s Corner Worksheet Generator
Make Word Searches – Different Shapes and Patterns!
Make Crosswords
Make Word Scrambles

At the Library

Here at BPL we know it can be hard to get your hands on all the resources you would like in order to enhance your child’s education.  One of the goals of the Youth Services Department is to help make this easier.

Homeschool Collection: We are excited to offer a collection of books specifically for our home school community.  We have books which discuss different learning/teaching methods, books with activity guides, and some textbooks too!

Activity Kits: These kits are themed based on different subjects including STEAM subjects, social studies, and foreign languages.  Each kit has at least one book and a variety of other materials: puzzles, flash cards, educational games, DVDs, and models.  The kits target kids from Pre-K to Middle School+.  Some of the materials even help college students study for exams! 

Click here to see a complete list of Activity Kits we offer for check out!

Solar System Activity Kit (left)
Atoms and Molecules Activity Kit (right)

Book Sets: Check out a set of books so that you can host your own book club! Some of our titles include Frindle by Andrew Clements, Rules by Cynthia Lord and The Giver by Lois Lowry.

To-Go Bags: From September – June, each month a new Culture and STEAM To-Go Bag is available.  All To-Go Bags are completely free and include all the materials necessary to do the projects.  Each bag has instructions and a book list about related materials.  The bags become available at the beginning of the month and are available on a first come basis.

The Culture To-Go Bags focus on a new country each month.  They come with a fact sheet, coloring page, a recipe, information pages, and crafts which teach about that country.  When you complete your Culture projects, you can bring a photo to show the librarian, and she will give you a passport and sticker for each country you “visit”! Some countries we have “visited” so far are: China, Brazil, and India.

The STEAM To-Go Bags include a project which is either Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, or Mathematics based!  Some projects we have done are: Make Volcanoes, Make Bath Bombs, and Make Instruments.

Storytime: This is a fun time for your child to meet other kids in the community.  Our story time is targeted towards children 0-6, but older siblings who are well behaved are also welcome to participate in the stories, snack, and craft.