Need any help with using the Build Your Library curriculum? We got you covered!
For general questions on any facet of our secular, literature based homeschool curriculum, we may have already answered them on our BYL Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.
For general questions about our Read Aloud Book Club packs, please refer to our RABC FAQ page as a starting point.
For general questions about our Family Reading Crates, please refer to our Crate FAQ page as a starting point.
For level specific questions, tips and tricks from those using the same level, or general motivation and encouragement from current BYL users, we have several Build Your Library Facebook support groups you could join. We have a main group for all families, as well as several sub-groups of specific level ranges.
One of the key features of BYL is the flexibility afforded to families in acquiring the materials listed in the booklists. We have all of the required books linked to Amazon for your convenience, but you could also find these titles at your local used book stores, public library or other online discount book sellers. However, another option is the BYL Book Swap Facebook group where you may find other BYL customers selling used books or looking for them.
If you are wondering how to make the Charlotte Mason philosophy work in your modern secular homeschool, this is the book for you. In A Literary Education: Adapting Charlotte Mason for Modern Secular Homeschooling, I share my 14+ year homeschool journey and how I have adapted her methods to work with my children, and how that can help you with yours.
Here are some blog posts written to help you get the most out of the Build Your Library curriculum.
Have you ever received a snarky comment from an acquaintance along the lines of “Oh, you homeschool your children? I didn’t know you have a teaching degree”? Are you just starting out on your homeschooling journey and feeling overwhelmed and not quite sure where to start? Or are you a veteran, but looking to brush up or expand your knowledge?
Have we got a program for you: Build Your Library University (for Parents)
Other Build Your Library topics:
Articles on BYL mechanics
Another option for some general homeschooling information, book recommendations, Family Reading Crate and Read Aloud Book Club unboxings and other videos is our companion YouTube Channel – Arrrgh Schooling!
Every other month, I will host an 30-60 minute long Build Your Library homeschooling chat. Ask questions about homeschooling, using Build Your Library curriculum, book recommendations, etc. We will announce the date ahead of time, and you will be able to submit some questions you would like me to cover. You can also ask questions during the interactive live stream. Grab a mug of tea (or coffee) and cozy up with our virtual hangout!
Check out our Events page for details on upcoming livestreams or links to the recordings of previous ones.
When all else fails, of course you can reach out to us directly at our Contact Us page.
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Emily Cook is the author and creator of the secular homeschool curriculum Build Your Library, a literature-based K-12 program infused with the teachings of Charlotte Mason. She writes full year lesson plans as well as shorter topical unit studies. Emily has been homeschooling her four children in Southern NH for 21 years. She is passionate about reading aloud to children of all ages and loves to share her love of literature with others. She and her family also makes incredibly dorky videos about homeschooling, books and more on Youtube at ARRRGH! Schooling. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. You can also check out her author page on Amazon.