I have HUNDREDS of books I have collected over the years, books for adults as well as books for children of all ages. Sinan (who doesn't value books, which seems to be a Turkish cultural idiosyncrasy) suggested one time that I sell my "unused" books on Amazon. I thanked him for his suggestion, but weeding through my collection, I find very few books I don't think I might want to refer to in the future. I get it honest, my father collects books, too. ALL kinds of books. And I like to think that books make people smart and smart people read a lot. I have noticed that there are all kinds of intelligence and I'd never look down on someone who doesn't value books, because invariably they possess some type of intelligence or gift that I lack. So, I'm not snobbish about it or anything. My older daughter values books, but my son--who is just as intelligent, doesn't read for pleasure, but reads well and will read to explore certain topics of interest. I always had my nose in a book as a child, just like Callie.
I have to admit that it is quicker and easier to use the online library catalogue than to have to go to the library and flip through the card catalogue. But I still miss it. And it amazes me how answers to almost any question can be found in seconds simply by entering a few words into the search engine box. www.Youtube.com is one of my most referenced sites in my homeschooling moments, and I have even made plans to upload some of my own videos to share. I finally figured out how to make playlists, so it is easy to reference favorites. I have a playlist of Turkish songs, a playlist of Bible Class songs, and some others.
Part of my homeschooling is Bible teaching and although my kids typically spend time twice a week in Bible Class at church, I like to reinforce things at home. And SONGS are so useful. To learn the books of the Old Testament see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q98RDFAFjaM , Books of the New Testament http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRnYaf-RDeI&feature=related (I like the songs captioned with the lyrics the best!) and the 12 Disciples of Christ (later called Apostles) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkmLkBvXKUY .
When we had a 13 year cicada invasion a few weeks ago (which is just winding down) I found 2 fantastic videos on www.youtube.com : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYLxxALTfAQ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjLiWy2nT7U and I gathered up several dead cicadas (hoping I got males and females at that at some point I will learn how to tell the difference) and also several larval cases and loose wings. I expect with careful handling, they will last and I will be working up a study unit on cicadas before they come around in another 13 years (at which point, I may be a grandmother!) and Dilara should be an expert on the cicada life cycle. I guess we should be collecting and studying other insects, too! Here's a nice site I found on insect collecting http://xerantheum.vicissitudo.net/insects.html .
I am planning on sending Dilara off to public school in about 3 years, but in the meantime, we have lots of learning and growing to do together, and even when she does to go school, I will have plenty of teaching to do at home with her. And I'm glad to have the internet to make it easier!