At WWPL, we make every effort to help and encourage homeschool families. Librarians can guide you towards resources to support your homeschool curriculum. Programs, materials, and space to do schoolwork are just a few options available.
According to the Indiana Department of Education website, the following are the legal requirements for homeschooling in Indiana:
- 180 DAYS OF INSTRUCTION: You decide which days your school will be in session, and how long to teach each day. In the case of mid-year transfers, days attended at the first school count toward the 180 day total at the homeschool.
- ATTENDANCE RECORDS: There is no special form for these records, which are used to verify private school attendance. Please note that the law allows local public school superintendents to request copies of your child’s attendance records to verify attendance.
- INSTRUCTION EQUIVALENT TO THAT GIVEN IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: State law does not define equivalency of instruction for public or private schools. If there is ever a question of educational neglect, keeping good attendance records and other documentation regarding attendance and continuing educational activity is highly instrumental in addressing these concerns.
- CURRICULUM: State law exempts home schools from the curriculum and program requirements which public schools must follow.
Get Started with Homeschooling
We have many library resources available to homeschoolers. Besides having a vast collection of regular fiction and non-fiction books, we have supplementary items such as research guides, educational videos and CDs, and educational electronic resources.
We offer programs during the day that are targeted to homeschoolers. Some of our recent class offerings have included writing, foreign language, chess, drama, and art. Most programs of this nature require pre-registration and pre-payment. Please check with us regularly for current program information. If you have any ideas for programs you would like us to do, please let us know that as well.
Download our printable Homeschool Packet for information on homeschooling styles, items of particular interest to homeschoolers, books about homeschooling available at WWPL, extracurricular opportunities available to homeschoolers, homeschooling 4-H groups and support groups, and statewide and national homeschooling organizations.
We have compiled a list of our educational videos grouped by subject, series, and/or producer. A copy of this list is available at the Children’s desk, as well as online, at the link below. These videos are located in both the children’s non-fiction and the adult non-fiction sections. Please remember that they are filed under their respective Dewey Decimal numbers and not by title. If you have any questions, the personnel at the children’s or adult information desks can help you find the film you are looking for.