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Homeschool Services

Hello home educators! Whether you have been homeschooling for many years or just started this year, The Library can provide a wealth of resources for your home education journey! We’d love to meet your kids! Schedule field trips, tours, and programs for groups in the Learning Curve at Central Library by calling 317-275-4222 or Contact Us. You can also reach out to your home branch for tours and other resources.

New to homeschooling? Take a look at Indiana’s Homeschool requirements and FAQs at the Indiana Department of Education website.

Homeschool Collection

Browse this growing set of materials selected for homeschooling families of all ages who are interested in supplementing their current curriculum. This collection includes a wide range of subjects and focuses on curriculum and textbooks. The collection is available for in-branch browsing at the following locations, but materials may be placed on hold at any branch, or from home.

Made possible by Zeff Weiss Memorial Fund through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Encyclopedia of Indianapolis Articles

Monument Circle

Did you know that five churches once were located around Monument Circle? Explore Monument Circle through the Last Century in this Encyclopedia of Indianapolis special feature that includes information about the origins and development of Monument Circle. The feature includes a video that shows what the buildings located around the Circle looked like in the 1920s and then shows what the same space looks like in the 2020s. Photos taken from the top of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the early 20th century and then mid-20th century then follow.

To learn more about Monument Circle and its history, the Encyclopedia of Indianapolis also has full entries that provide more information about the Circle, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and buildings surrounding it:

*Follow up with your own field trip of the Circle and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

Indiana World War Memorial Plaza

Did you know that Indianapolis has more land dedicated to honoring veterans and fallen soldiers than any other city in the United States other than Washington, D.C.? Explore the development and history of the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza through this special feature which describes the origins of the Indiana World War Memorial beginning in 1919. It includes an interactive map showing what stood on the property before it was developed. Learn how the site was chosen for the national headquarters of the American Legion. It then describes the plans for the memorial building, the American Legion, and the landscaping of the mall that surrounds them. *Schedule a tour to visit the Indiana War Memorial.

Downtown Development

Did you know that Indianapolis is one of only a few planned state capitals in the United States? Explore the evolution of downtown development in Indianapolis from 1821 to the present in the EOI special feature.

Indiana Avenue

Did you know that Indiana Avenue was a major cultural center for jazz in the United States? Explore the Encyclopedia of Indianapolis special feature Indiana Avenue that describes the history and evolution of this important cultural hub for the African American community in Indianapolis.

Need more help? Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text or email Ask-a-Librarian.

Homeschool Resources at Your Library

Hello! On this list, you will find some recent additions to our Homeschool Collection. (list is organized by publication year and then by title) At the end of the list, there is also a link to databases that are accessible through the library.

Read for A Better World STEM

Student Action and Reflection Guide. Pre K-1

Borgert-Spaniol, Megan

We have a few from this series, covering from PreK to 8th grade. From the publisher's website: This student activity guide introduces PreK–1 readers to social justice and inclusivity through engaging activities, all while building key literacy skills such as sequencing, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and more. Simple activities developed by educational experts encourage readers to reflect on their identity and community and to act for a better world.

Read for A Better World STEM

Educator Guide Prek-1

Tyner, Artika R.

This guide to building and using an inclusive STEM classroom library combines theory and lesson plans for educators of students in grades PreK-1. Discover how to audit classroom collections to support exploration and discovery, build STEM awareness and interest through reading, and give your students the opportunity to build a better world.

Modern Miss Mason

Discover How Charlotte Mason's Revolutionary Ideas on Home Education Can Change How You & your Children Learn & Grow Together

Boden, Leah

From the description: Let Leah Boden show you how Charlotte Mason’s ideas can transform your homeschooling experience. She will help you: - find methods that you and your children can explore by learning through books, being outdoors, and through living experiences; - recognize that each child is unique and discover how to plan their learning journey accordingly; and - learn how to practically incorporate Charlotte’s timeless philosophy into your home every day. In an overwhelming digital age that can distract and divert our attention from the past, turn back to Charlotte Mason’s educational ideas that started it all―and discover what they can do for you and your family.