Back to School Resources

We have several different atlases and maps for history, social studies, geography, and fun!

Happy September!

 
With the beginning of school just around the corner, this is a challenging time for many families. While there isn’t a handbook for functioning during a pandemic, we’ve compiled a few resources herein that might be helpful for surviving ‘back to school.

Here’s a great article recently published by The New York Times offering tips for teens — beneficial to many of us, really — during this strange time.

Check out this article featuring fun ideas for creating special back-to-school moments to this time of year. 

Back to School Tips, Ideas & Resources 

Our Collection Looking to supplement your child’s school curriculum … or do you need resources for a research project, or book report?  Our stacks are bursting with interesting books!

Our Library’s collection includes books and educational resources for all ages, including: Poetry 
Maps of the United States and the World
Biographies on Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Joan of Arc, Gandhi, Marco Polo, Albert Einstein, Snowflake Bentley, Pablo Picasso, and others
Books about penguins, beavers, cats, dolphins, insects, owls, horses, and more
DK Eyewitness books on volcanoes & earthquakes, climate change, castles, India, Ancient Egypt, Ancient China, early humans, trees, plants, mammals, invention, and more
Voting and Presidents
Folklore
Fiction, non-fiction, young adult books, graphic novels, picture books, etc.
Downloadable and Audiobooks 
And more!
Send us an email to let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll do our best to help!  

Our collection includes biographies about Marco Polo, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Gandhi, etc.
Just let us know who you’d like to learn about!

Looking for information on bugs, weather, space, or ancient civilizations?  We have a great selection of non-fiction books!
Vermont Homeschooling Support Resources

We’ve never faced a ‘back to school’ time this like before and some families are considering homeschooling for the first time ever.  

Here’s a partial list of homeschooling resources for Vermonters:
Vermont Agency of Education – Home Study: Forms and guidelines for enrolling in home study, resources, end of year assessments, special education guidelines
Home Study Updates-COVID-19
Home Study FAQ-COVID-19
Guidelines for Home Study in Vermont: Contains information necessary to prepare and submit an enrollment notice for homeschooling. Excerpts from relevant statutes and rules are also provided Minimum Course of Study (MCOS) – Vermont state statute requires that parents provide a list of skills and topics, scope and sequence, for each of the topic areas that the student will be learning about during the course of the school year for each child Home Study Form Instructions and Checklist
Home Study Newsletter Questions may be referred to the Home Study Team via phone at 802-828-6225 or email AOE.HomeStudy@vermont.gov.
Vermont PBS: At Home Learning – Vermont Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and the Agency of Education (AOE) are partnering to support continuity of learning for our students and school communities this Fall.
Learning Media – VTPBS and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for teachers like you. HSLDA Homeschooling law, rights, cases, and resources Oak Meadow – Resources for families and independent learners in kindergarten to grade 12 Homeschooling during Coronavirus
Transitioning from School to Homeschooling
Adjusting to Homeschooling Mid-Year
14 Tips for Working from Home and Homeschooling
Setting Up Your Homeschool Space
Organizing Your Homeschool Day
Guidelines for Home Teachers
Rebecca Rupp Resources – Books and educational resources for all ages Facebook Groups/List Serv Groups: Moms Homeschooling Vermont Chat Group  – Highly recommended!!  This is an excellent resource if you’re new to homeschooling, need help creating a minimum course of study (“MCOS”), navigating registering for homeschooling, etc.  Where to find reliable Homeschooling in Vermont information
NW VT Homeschoolers
Central VT Homeschoolers
Waldorf Inspired Homeschoolers
Librarians Serving Homeschool Families
It’s Not That Hard to Homeschool K-8
It’s Not That Hard to Homeschool High School
Homeschooling Booklist Booklist compiled from Vermont library listserv
Related Articles Burlington Free Press – Uneasy about hybrid school, some Vermont families choose an alternative education path
Seven Days – Amid Pandemic, Vermont Homeschool Enrollments Surge
USA Today – Homeschool pods are gaining traction amid worries about school reopening; here’s how parents are getting the finances to work
VT Digger – As schools announce reopening plans, many parents opt to homeschool 
Library Cards
We encourage everyone — all ages! — to sign up for a Library card. We never charge fines for overdue materials, and patrons do not need to be Weston residents. 

To register for a Library card, please send us an email.  Be sure to include your first & last name, mailing address, phone number, and email address in your email. 

If you’d prefer to sign up for your Library card by phone, give us a call at (802) 824-4307.  

Internet Access
Our WiFi is always on!  Park near the Library to access our super fast internet service. Click on the Wilder Public network (no password required) to automatically connect.

We’re Here for You
Learning, whether at school or at home, is impeded if children are hungry, unsafe, or do not have basic supplies for self-care or for school.  

If you’re seeking local support services for food, shelter, safety, employment, clothing, childcare, etc. we’ll do our best to help connect you.  Send us an email or give us a call anytime!  We’re here for you.