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Learning from Home Resources

The following resources have been compiled to assist homeschool families as well as students learning from home. In addition to these resources Carroll County Public Library offers a robust print and digital collection of materials.

Premium online resources

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Biography in Context
Fully searchable biographical information on more than 1 million people throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. Includes pictures.

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Brainfuse HelpNow
Live online tutoring and more! Chat online with a tutor 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Kindergarten through college students can get help in math, science, English, social studies and more. Build academic skills through diagnostic skills, lessons, flash-cards and quizzes. Adults can access resources for GED, Microsoft Office skills and resume writing.

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Gale In Context: Elementary
Cross-curricular research and homework help for K-5 students. A graphic interface and a subject-based topic tree search will appeal to the early learner.

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Gale In Context: High School
An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a wide array of subjects. The solution merges Gale's authoritative and continuously updated reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

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Gale In Context: Middle School
Created specifically for middle-schoolers, Research In Context combines the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history.

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Gale OneFile: US History
Find authoritative periodical information on all aspects of U.S. History. Key subjects include coverage of events in U.S. history and scholarly work being established in the field.

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Gale OneFile: World History
Find authoritative periodical information on all aspects of World History. Key subjects include balanced coverage of events in world history and scholarly work being established in the field.

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Lynda.com from Linkedin
Lynda.com, a LinkedIn Company is an online educational site that includes over 5,700 courses (and over 180,000 videos) in popular fields like web design, web development, IT, education/instruction, media production, and business. Experts create and deliver all courses as well as provide supplemental materials like exercise files and relevant work samples. Users will need to create accounts in order to track course progress, create playlists of potential coursework, and keep course notes.

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Mango Languages
Self-paced learning in 70+ languages available across desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

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Peterson’s Test & Career Prep
An online tool library customers and students of all ages can use for standardized test preparation, researching and selecting college and graduate schools, finding tuition assistance, and exploring careers. Includes test prep assistance for career certification exams, as well as, advice on resumes, cover letters, interviewing and networking, and so much more.

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Sight Words
A curriculum, sponsored by the Georgia Preschool Association, for teaching Phonemic Awareness (also called Pre-Phonics) to children.

Virtual Tours

AVAM Virtual Tour and classes

BMI Virtual Tour

Virtual field trips on topics ranging from ecosystems to social emotional wellness.

Virtual aquarium scenes

National Museum of Natural History virtual tours.

Walters Art Museum virtual programs, activities, and tours

Online Parent Resources

COVID-19 Resources for Maryland Schools: Guidance, resources and updates for Maryland schools and communities.

The Maryland State curriculum defining what students should know/ be able to do at each grade level in these content areas.

Home Instruction Regulations for the State of Maryland COMAR 13A.10.01.01-.05

Frequently asked questions regarding home instruction in Maryland.

Resources for parents trying to find out how to start homeschooling in Maryland.

"Accidental homeschoolers" encompasses families whose children were first enrolled in traditional schools (or had planned to be enrolled), but due to unforeseen circumstances, needed to seek an alternate educational option.

A grassroots association that grew out of Hand in Hand Homeschool and works to create an active and diverse statewide homeschool organization.

Supports Maryland homeschool families and strives to provide access to quality information - including updated information on homeschool-related legislation. Provides links to other resources such as homeschool curricula and field trips in the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as professional services offered by Maryland Hand in Hand.

Find out how to homeschool, what the homeschool requirements are for Maryland residents, connect with local homeschoolers, find nearby classes and co-ops, discover field trip destinations, and much more.

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Online Educational Resources

No card, no worries! Fill out this online form and receive a temporary library card which can be used immediately.

Record your reading, write reviews, and get book recommendations.

Carroll County Public Schools - Family Resources

Power Up! Technology Training Camp

A nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

This comprehensive resource is wealth of information for anyone interested in learning about space. It includes lesson plans, experiments, amazing photos, and space mission information.

Carroll County Public Library and Carroll County Public School librarian-created grade leveled Recommended Reading Lists. Visit our YouTube channel to view videos about the booklists.

Plans for teaching remotely or homeschooling including resources, discussion guides, and activities.

Community Support

Carroll County Homeschool Resource Center
Community Foundation of Carroll County
25 Union Street, 3rd Floor
Westminster, MD 21157
410-725-2390

CCPL Programming

Video Tutorials for Home School Families