The following post will be a blog archive copy of the Build Your Library’s September 2019 Monthly Newsletter. If you missed the email, you can subscribe to our mailing list here. [Scheduled to be sent 09/03/19 9:30 AM EST]
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.
It’s September, which for many of us, means back to school and getting back into the swing of things. As much as I adore summer, I must admit, there is something about September…it turns me into Anne Shirley. “Isn’t it nice to think that ‘the new school year‘ is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” I don’t think there is anyone so hopeful as a homeschooling mom the night before the first day of school.
On that note, if you need some inspiration getting back into the swing of things, we have a week’s worth of articles on our blog full of advice, helpful tips and inspiration to help you make this the best school year ever!
At long last, Level 12 – our final full year set of lesson plans has been released. Build Your Library’s Level 12 features a deep dive into American History, from the first Americans before exploration to modern day. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted this course to be, and I decided that I wanted to focus on people – the people who lived that history and how events affected them. We’ll be exploring the major events of America’s turbulent past and witnessing how people have changed (or stayed the same) throughout our history.
A little over a week ago, on August 22, we celebrated our 7th year in business! I couldn’t have done any of this without all of you! You are the best cheerleaders, the most amazing customers and dearest friends. Thank you for sticking with me over these past seven years! I can’t wait to see what the next 7 will bring.
The month of September is “National Library Card Signup Month” and “Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month”. Although it should be everyday, September 6 is designated National Read A Book Day. “Banned Books Week” is at the end of the month, from the 22 – 28.
As far as literary birthdays go, we have a bunch of great ones. Roald Dahl (September 13), “Tomie” dePaola (September 15), Hermione Granger from Harry Potter (September 19), George R. R. Martin (September 20) and Stephen King (September 21). And if you are a Stephen King fan, don’t forget the latest movie It Chapter Two is scheduled to be released in the United States on September 6, 2019.
We currently do not have any appearances lined up in the very near future, but we will keep everyone updated when more events are scheduled.
We hope you all enjoyed our last four “Tea with Emily” Facebook Live Streams. We just did one just over a week ago, if you missed it (or any previous one), you can find a recording on our Facebook or on our past events page.
Our next one will be scheduled for Friday, October 11th at 1pm EST, where we will are going to talk about Morning Baskets! Do you use morning baskets in your homeschool? This is where we fit in those fun extras that slip off the to-do list when things get hectic. Let’s talk all about it!
At the beginning of the livestream, I will give a brief overview of the topic and then open the floor to any questions you may have. If you have any questions you want to make sure we cover, you can submit them via our Contact Us page prior to the event, so we don’t miss it in the scroll. This is a Facebook Live event, so you will just need to click through on Facebook to watch it live.
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 some 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!
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 Family Reading Crate 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 what 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 unboxing videos for the Family Reading Crates or just want ideas for books to read (either for you for 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.
Where did the summer disappear to? We are jumping back to school again! If you are looking for inspiration this month, here are some articles you might find helpful:
We have 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