Most homeschoolers, especially by sixth grade, are very familiar with the library. Some families have large bags they bring to the library, in order to carry home all of their treasured finds, and others may even bring a laundry basket to haul away their checked-out books. If there’s one thing homeschooling tends to encourage, it’s reading.
Learning how to use the library resources is a great idea for any homeschooler, and these skills become more and more important as children get older and more independent. Learning about the Dewey Decimal System, how to find things in the library’s catalog, and where different sections are located in the library are all invaluable skills. Sixth graders are certainly old enough to get their own library card and learn some responsibility that way.
Even if your chosen homeschool curriculum doesn’t specifically recommend utilizing the library, you can certainly do so on your own to supplement the materials you use as part of homeschooling. Kids benefit a great deal from free time to do independent reading, so letting them choose some books to check out is a great bonus. For younger kids who aren’t reading yet, let them get comfy and read them a story so your sixth grader can browse the books in peace. If you instill a love of reading in your kids, by sixth grade you can just turn them loose and they’ll love a trip to the library.