The following post will be a blog archive copy of the Build Your Library’s June 2021 Monthly Newsletter. If you missed the email, you can subscribe to our mailing list here. [Scheduled to be sent 6/1/21 8:30 AM EST]
[ June 1, 2021 ] – “BYL June 2021 Video Newsletter“ – Welcome to our June Video Newsletter! You should have gotten our regular monthly e-mail newsletter in your inbox if you are subscribed. But you can now watch the video highlights and read the full details below or watch BYL June 2021 Video Newsletter on Facebook here.
Hey everybody, it’s Emily from Build Your Library! If you are just going to skim the beginning, here are the main topics in this month’s newsletter:
Now that I have your attention, here are the details on those items and more.
Welcome to summer! Even here in New Hampshire, it is finally warm and sunny more often than not, our school year is winding down. I don’t know about you, but the beach is calling my name, and I’m looking forward to a few months of relaxing in the warm, fresh air.
We have some new information to share as well as some reoccurring monthly reminders.
In an attempt to answer when the next level update will be ready, we have compiled our projected schedule into a post for easy reference. We will periodically update the chart when we make progress or have any changes to our tentative schedule.
We have finished updating the Prehistory Unit as of yesterday with some really great new books. I’m currently working on updating Level 3 to replace out-of-print titles and add some new exciting books. You can expect the Level 3 update to be available by the end of June.
We are excited to announce our newest project, History Book By Book! The website is live and we will be discussing it in depth this Friday during our Tea With Emily livestream on Facebook.
June is Audiobook Appreciation Month! We have recently been enjoying a few audiobooks while I recovered from oral surgery and I can easily see them becoming a mainstay in our homeschool. Audiobooks are great for getting some extra “reading” in (or more specifically having something “read to you”) while driving, cleaning, cooking, or when you just need to take a break from doing all the reading aloud.
As far as birthdays go, Joe Hill (June 4, 1973), Maurice Sendak (June 10, 1928) and Octavia Butler (June 22, 1947) all celebrate this month.
We also have a couple of Harry Potter character birthdays with Draco Malfoy (June 5), Dudley Dursley (June 23) and Dobby (June 28).
While most of you do not need any extra encouragement to pick up some additional reading material – we have plenty of excuses for you here! Or an excuse for cake. June 10th probably warrants a cake! Let the wild rumpus start!
If you follow a traditional school calendar, then you are at the conclusion of another homeschool year! The following list of conversation starters is a great way to wrap up this year and plant the initial seeds of the next. Not quite done yet? Bookmark this article and tuck it away until you are ready!
Our 18th monthly “Read Aloud Book Club” subscription pack is now available! The June 2021 theme is “Rules of Friendship.” This month’s selection is a heartwarming story with a hint of magic, about a girl who always tries to fit in by being just like everyone else. She discovers that there is more to friendship than just being a copycat. It’s the perfect read-aloud for the whole family!
We hope you all enjoyed our last “Tea with Emily” Facebook Live Stream. If you missed our “Interview with Lindsey Sodano, Author of History Quest“ last month in April, you can find a recording by scrolling our Facebook or direct links on our past events page.
Our next Livestream will be later this week on Friday, June 4th at 1 pm EST, where we will be discussing “History Book By Book!” We are pretty excited about this one and can’t wait to unveil this project.
Every other month, I host a 30-60 minute Build Your Library homeschooling chat. You can 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 questions you would like to cover. Additionally, you can also ask questions during the interactive live stream. Grab a mug of tea (or coffee) and cozy up with our virtual hangout!
Are you looking for help or advice on your homeschooling journey? We have compiled all of our helpful resources into one blog post for you. From the many BYL-related Facebook groups to my book A Literary Education, there is a treasure trove of information and helpful parents out there to help guide you along your homeschooling adventure. If you have any questions, just ask!
For a comprehensive, everything you ever wanted to know about homeschooling with Build Your Library, check out our “Build Your Library University (for Parents).” We have collected the definitive list of articles, videos, and books pertaining to Build Your Library, Charlotte Mason, and general homeschooling. All categorized in a logical order for you to peruse.
We always have our Social Media “chicklets” at the bottom of our newsletters and webpage, but we wanted to make sure you are following us on our other platforms. The Build Your Library Facebook is our go-to social media site, and we post there frequently with cool Amazon products and book recommendations we think you would like, as well as all of our Read Aloud Book Club announcements, blog posts, full-year and unit study product releases and updates, and more.
Our Build Your Library Instagram page regularly posts pictures and insider info about projects I’m currently working on or what I’m doing with my kids.
Although not 100% exclusively Build Your Library related, our Arrrgh Schooling YouTube channel has videos about books and homeschooling, but let’s be honest, it’s mostly books. If you want to see what I’m reading, join my Arrrgh Booked Book Club (we are reading The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith in June), or just want ideas for books to read (either for you or your children) you are sure to find something useful! We also have a BYL Twitter feed where I share links and information about BYL and homeschooling. Or you can stay subscribed to our email list and browse our monthly newsletters.
I hope your school year is going well! If you are looking for some springtime inspiration, here are some articles you might find helpful:
We have well over 100 blog posts on various homeschooling and book-related topics if you want to browse for more.
I think that is about all for this month. Again, please follow us on whatever social media you frequent, there will be periodic updates posted there as well, but we will try to keep everyone in the know where ever you are surfing!
Thanks and Happy Reading! Emily