• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Homeschool students delve into lives of famous Kentuckians

Most were a bit nervous, but all of the homeschool students learned about the lives of some famous Kentuckians during their presentations at the Woodford County Library on Feb. 7.

It was a valuable experience for them, according to assistant youth services librarian Bookie Wilson, “because homeschool children don’t typically have many opportunities to present in front of a group of people. And that’s something that our families have consistently asked for – is an opportunity for their students to do some public speaking.”

Students were given the option of doing a presentation on a famous Kentuckian or Kentucky author. In doing research leading up to their presentations, Wilson said the students learned how to access library resources such as biographies and books penned by the authors.

The library’s homeschool program is offered to families on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Much like its work in public and private schools, Wilson said the library’s youth services programs are designed to meet the needs of students in Woodford County.

Because children in the library’s homeschool program are learning about Kentucky this school year, field trips are planned to Ward Hall in Scott County and the Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington.

An earlier field trip didn’t require leaving Woodford County.

“We went to the Jack Jouett House and they did an awesome job for us,” said Wilson, who typically works with older student populations, while youth services librarian Becky Munoz works with preschool and early-primary students.

Four years ago, the library’s homeschool program gave its students an opportunity to portray and learn about well-known artists. They learned about different styles of art and from local artists, including Eric Johnson and Steve Sawyer, prior to doing their presentations.

Students have also learned life skills they’ll need as adults, including how to do basic maintenance on a car and how to iron or sew a button a shirt, and had many other experiences in the library’s homeschool program for more than a decade, Wilson said.

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