Chelsea Public Library is located at 41 Weldon Drive, next to City Hall.
The Chelsea Public Library will be hosting a home-school workshop on April 8 at Chelsea City Hall. Library Director Dana Polk said that so many people at the library inquire about home schooling, she wanted to offer something to answer their questions.
“If you’re interested in home schooling, it gives you resources and directions in which to go. If you’ve been home schooling for a while and want a refresher it’s good for that,” Polk said. “It’s a great overview. If you’ve got any questions at all it will answer them.”
The event, in its third year, will be a day packed full of information for those who are thinking about the possibility of home schooling, to those who have been doing it for years.
Kristy Trent, coordinator for the Birmingham Home Schoolers Community, organizes the event. She says that it has been received with a great response the past two years.
“The workshop will cover home schooling from beginning to end. We cover the purpose of home schooling, the legalities, choosing curricula and different ways to teach,” Trent said. “We lay out curriculum, the different things we use that people can touch and see. That’s another value to the workshop; it’s not just hearing people speak, but being able to see the things people use to teach.”
She says one of the most valuable aspects of the workshop is that the speakers are home-school parents. When they share their story, they always connect to one of the attendees.
“Guests can hear from people who have been doing this for a really long time and seen success for their children and education choice,” Trent said.
The workshop has evolved from a once-a-week meeting for six weeks to this intensive one-day workshop, giving a lot of information in a short amount of time.
“We try to give everyone a good overview of home schooling and its benefit,” Trent said.
There is no cost to attend the workshop, but attendees are asked to RSVP so there will be enough handout materials provided.
For information, visit birminghamhomeschoolers.com/event/homeschooling-