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Homeschooling Fun at the Library!

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 3:40pm by mrajraspn08

Arctic and Antarctic Bagimals kit

Last year, many parents found themselves unexpectedly homeschooling. Over a year later, some of us still are, by choice or necessity. Whether you’re an experienced homeschooler or a complete novice, the library is here to help make lessons fun with our great tool collection!

My child’s favorite tool is the Bagimals. Even this simple tool can be used to inspire a lesson plan. Check out several Bagimals with your grade school kid and look at the animals and the environment they live in. Get one of the Early Learning Globes and figure out where each animal lives in the world. Talk about the environment in each place; for older children, you can talk about how each animal evolved to be suited to its environment. Could a polar bear live in the desert? Why or why not? How might the animal have evolved if they lived in another environment? How do they co-exist with other animals and even people living in this environment?Early Learning Globe

Older kids can also use this as a jumping off point to talk about climate change—how might this affect the animals who live in each environment? How would this affect the people and animals that co-exist with each animal? Write a story about what the world would be like in this new environment. How would humans and animals adapt?

We just created an engaging lesson plan based on some of the simpler tools of the library--just think of what you can do as you explore the rest of the collection!

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