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Homeschooling Tips and Tools

back-to-school

Learning is very different this year due to COVID 19. The traditional method of teaching in school, virtually, remote, or a hybrid of either is becoming common place. Parents may be thinking about homeschooling as an option to teaching their children. Homeschooling is the ability to teach school subjects not at school, but at home to children.   Homeschooling began in the 1970s… read more >>

Public Domain Resources and You

What is public domain? Works of creative expression—such as films, writings, patents for inventions, and images—are considered to be in the public domain when no one (creator or company) holds exclusive intellectual property rights. Put more simply, no copyright applies these works, so you are free to use them however you like!  In the United States, copyright protects “original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression,” but in some cases this… read more >>

Virtual Planetarium

Visit the Stars Without Leaving Your Home by PLYMC Librarians Stuart and Cyndi Like so many of our community resources, the Ward Beecher Planetarium has gone virtual. Bring the stars into your living room with some of the online activities and resources the planetarium has provided on their website. There you will find videos of… read more >>

FaceTime Instructional Video

facetime video call

If you’re longing to see your loved ones, but can’t visit in person, one alternative you can use is FaceTime. FaceTime is a way to make conventional phone calls or video phone calls from your Apple device, like an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac computer. Because it is native to Apple devices, you don’t… read more >>

Family STEAM

Welcome to our STEAM Family Engagement Pilot Program We are so excited to have you join us as we try something new.  Each week you and your family will receive a weekly activity kit and electronic instructions for the activities.  We hope that you will explore at least 3 of the suggested activities and then… read more >>

Educator Tools for Distance Learning 

Distance learning

Educators, here are some other tools for you as you work on helping your students with distance learning as recommended by Jenni and Pam.   Mystery Science  – Various topics within Science created by other teaches. Free accounts now for teachers and families. National Geographic for Young Explorers – Nonfiction issues of Nat Geo of various topics. Can… read more >>