Education Connections Home School Group

A group of home educators who meet the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 10:30-11:30AM for social time, play, and learning. Come connect with other homeschooling families! Young siblings and babies are always welcome.

Upcoming themes/lessons:
August 24- Park & Picnic Lunch
September- Art Appreciation
14th: Van Gogh’s Starry Night and DIY painting
28th: Monet and DIY reflection painting
October- Nature study
12th: Autumn Tree Study
26th: Pumpkins
November- Music Appreciation with SQUILT Live & Wichita Symphony Young People’s Concert
9th & 23rd, Symphony TBD
December 14th- Shakespeare Poetry Tea Time
December 28- break (read Cricket in Times Square out loud)
January 11- break (continue reading)
January 25th- Cricket in Times Square book club party and discussion

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Financial Literacy

April 22 to 28 is  Money Smart Week this week, part of Financial Literacy Month. The State Library of Kansas has a list of resources that might be helpful for financial literacy education for all individuals, including multiple age ranges and interest levels.

The Library also has a collection of useful items.

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New Literacy Kits

We have added seven new Literacy Kits to our collection for checkout.  These kits have long been one of our most popular items, and so we have expanded the type that we are offering.  Our new kits feature a variety of topics for learning and playing at home:

  • Cure It! Doctor Visit
  • Discovering the Body
  • Music Rhythm
  • Phonetic Awareness: Beginning Sounds
  • Phonetic Awareness: Ending Sounds
  • Real Bugs Discovery
  • Science Activities
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A child’s home is their first classroom, and their parents and caregivers are their first teachers. Adults who read to their children every day and talk about whey they are reading together promote a joy of reading and help build strong literacy skills.  Each kit is designed to enhance young children’s early literacy development by providing parents and other caregivers with an assortment of books, songs, and activities to do with their children.

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The take-home kits are visual and interactive, so they quickly grab young children’s attention and keep them engaged with learning. However, all early learners are best served when a parent, caregiver, or other “teacher” is actively involved in reading the books, singing the songs, and playing with the toys and games. All of our learning kits provide an opportunity for directed learning and open exploratory play.

The new kits include a sheet guide for parents and caregivers, highlighting the learning styles and skill development of each kit.  This will help you guide your child through fun, at-home learning.

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Universal Class

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Universal Class offers over 500 online courses in more than 30 areas of study. Take full courses with instructors to earn Continuing Education Units or just audit a class by viewing its videos. Since Universal Class offers everything from Microsoft Excel to parenting skills, you’ll be sure to find something of interest to learn.

 

To begin using Universal Class, you’ll need a Kansas Library eCard and to register for a Universal Class account.

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