Summer reading has begun!

Thank you everyone for a great first year! You have been very supportive and patient through this learning process. I look forward to a new homeschool year beginning in August. So please keep the programming and collections ideas coming. We have an exciting action-packed Summer Reading Program planned! Visit the JPL Children’s Page for the schedule and details.

May Gathering

Once again time has crept up on me! I’m sure everyone is busy with wrapping up the school year. By popular demand and because everyone deserves a good break, this month’s gathering will be a game day. We will get out the Apples-to-Apples, Yatzee, chess, Monopoly Deal… the whole closet full of games and just relax, have a few refreshments and have fun. Please join us next Wednesday May 20th from 10:30-Noon.

Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport

Homeschool Gathering
Wednesday, April 15th at 10:30am

Due to licencing fees/restrictions we are unable to screen “Paper Clips” at the Homeschool Gathering. Please join us instead tomorrow for “Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport”. This Academy Award winning documentary is rated PG and contains interviews with grown children of the Kindertransport and archival footage of their journey. The film content is applicable to ages 2nd grade through 12th and is sensitive to younger viewers . For students 7th-12 grade, please review the documentary study guide. It has excellent ideas for starting a dialogue about the Holocaust with your student. We will also have a variety of materials available for checkout from picture books to diaries.

Original Cinema Quad Poster - Movie Film Posters

April Gathering

April is Holocaust Remembrance Month. The Jefferson Public Library has the privilege of hosting a traveling exhibit from the Museum of History & Holocaust Education, Kennesaw State University. “Parallel Journeys: WWII & the Holocaust Through the Eyes of Teens” will be on display throughout the Month of April. A “Children in the Holocaust” resource trunk is available at the Service Desk. Educators, including homeschoolers, are welcome to use the box within the library. The materials are appropriate for grades 5th-12th. Many thanks to Shawna Mears-Ernst for making all the arrangements.


In conjunction with the exhibit, our Homeschool Gathering on Wednesday, April 15th at 10:30am, will feature the screening of the inspiring documentary “Paper Clips”(rated G).

PAPER CLIPS – Whitwell Middle School in rural Tennessee is the setting for this documentary about an extraordinary experiment in Holocaust education. Struggling to grasp the concept of six-million Holocaust victims, the students decide to collect six-million paper clips to better understand the extent of this crime against humanity. The film details how the students met Holocaust survivors from around the world and how the experience transformed them and their community. Written by Sujit R. Varma

For more information about the Children’s Holocaust Memorial in Whitwell Tennessee visit their website at The school does conduct student-led tours by appointment.




Geography Jeopardy

We had a small but fun group at the March 2nd meeting. Our repeat of the Geography Jeopardy program is coming up on March 18th. In addition to Geography trivia we will play a few rounds of Map Skills Bingo. This was the favorite activity last week. It’s a good introduction to basic map skills for younger kids and can be challenging enough for an adult using more complex maps. It would be a great car-ride activity for summer road trips.

For the ‘tweens and teens we will have an EYE KNOW trivia contest in the study room. This is my teenagers’ favorite game at home. It includes trivia questions on a variety of topics with options for level of difficulty.

February Postponement

Due to potential weather and road conditions February’s meeting has been postponed. We will offer “Geography Jeopardy” twice in March. The first will be on Monday March 2nd, noon to 1:30 for K to 5th grade. Our regular 3rd Wednesday 10:30-12:00 will be for K-12th grade. Stay warm and safe.

Geography Jeopardy

Our February Gathering activity will be Geography Jeopardy. We will divide up into teams and test your knowledge of geography and world culture. There will be 3 separate levels of questions for K through 12th to level the playing field and plenty of fun, totally random world trivia to make it entertaining. There will be a category for every interest including sports, music and hobbies with lots of active participation. And as a treat I will be bringing exotic fruits and vegetables from the farmers market to sample. Put your walking shoes on and get ready to travel!


Flat Stanley Needs Your Help

We still have several Flat Stanleys who are in need of an email host. Please visit the “Flat Stanley” page here on the blog for details about this project. Hosting a character doesn’t take much time or effort. You will receive an email with a jpeg of a character to print off on your computer. Simply track your day with “Stanley” in tow and take a few pictures. Then email the details and photos back to us. It’s just that simple.

If you’d like to be a host, email us at with “Flat Stanley” in the subject line. Thanks!

Additional Gathering Date

We need your input! In order to better serve all of the homeschoolers we are deliberating some changes to the Gathering. The program has been so well attended we are busting at the seams! The most logical solution seems to be to offer an additional program date. We would still meet for families ranging from preschool to high school on the the third Wednesday and add a group for preschoolers to ‘tweens at another day and time. The program topic would remain the same and you would be welcome to attend either at your convenience. We hope the smaller groups will enhance the quality and enjoyment of the programs. Please take a moment to answer our poll regarding the best possible time for an additional program. We will make a final decision at next month’s meeting.