Liverpool, N.Y. – The number of children being homeschooled has increased by a million over the past year, according to the National Home Education Research Institute website. Socialization opportunities are available to the homeschooled community to help build outside of the home social and relationship building skills.
The Liverpool Public Library offers an event called the STEAM club. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math, according to the Liverpool Public Library Homeschool Liaison Librarian Deanna McGregor.
McGregor said the STEAM club meets once a month to craft an educational and fun activity dealing with one category between science, technology, engineering, art, or math.
Joellyn Murry, Children’s and Family Services Coordinator, said the STEAM club provides students with a different learning atmosphere and socialization opportunities they may not get at home.
“An outlet. Just like any other group where you get to socialize,” Murry said.
Murry said homeschooling is not like public school. The kids don’t get 24-7 interaction with their peers. Although the STEAM club events provides that.
“This gives them an opportunity to be around the other kids,” she said.
McGregor is a homeschool alumni and has homeschooled three of her children. She said she wishes these resources were available to her when she was homeschooling. When she was teaching her kids she found ways to socialize, like going at others housing to do educational activities with other kids.
“I know how critical that [socialization] was to me when I was homeschooling,” she said.
She said the library gives her a platform to provide these educational and socialization events that she never had.
“So it’s great that we can support them in their adventure in education,” McGregor said smiling.
If you are interested in going to the STEAM club meetings or need resources on homeschooling please visit the Liverpool Public Library website down below.