Community Resources

Following is a list of community resources available to homeschool families.

The criterion for this list is that a resource be beneficial to homeschoolers, a free event and be more than a regular support group meeting. Free community activities, classes or speakers would all qualify.

If you have an event or resource that doesn’t meet these qualifications, you may want to advertise in the WHO’s News. Information on advertising can be found here.

Please email WHO any community resource/event information that you would like posted. We can’t publish what we don’t know about. Thanks.

Franz Family Bakery Tours

Franz Family Bakeries is pleased to announce that we are offering FREE tours of our 6th Avenue South Bakery in Seattle. We are currently booking tours on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays beginning September 5th and through the school year. For information or to book a date for a tour, contact Sue Donohue at 206-682-2244 X 6352 or by e-mail at

This tour makes an excellent field trip or group activity for participants ages 7 and over and we can accommodate groups as small as 10 or as large as 60 for a scheduled tour. Larger groups will be split into groups of twenty for the actual 30 minute walking tour but we have a tour room complete with learning activities, games, puzzles and art opportunities for the waiting tour participants. Total tour time for a group of 60 is approximately 2 hours.

Please keep us in mind when you are planning group activities. The Franz bakery tour is one of the few tours of food production facilities in the Seattle area that is FREE. Thank you for your attention and we look forward to hearing from you!

Sue Donohue
Tour Director
Franz Family Bakeries
Seattle Division
(206) 682-2244 X 6352

City of Seattle

SEATTLE PRESENTS – free concerts 1st and 3rd Thursdays at City Hall The Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural hosts Seattle’s very best musicians in the Seattle Presents free concert series. Past concerts have included the Seattle Symphony, Michael Powers, and world music from Brazil, China, Egypt, Spain, and Bali. Visit¬†

King County Metro

The following educational resources are available FREE to anyone who can use them to educate folks about water quality, watersheds, salmon, the Sound and how we can protect them. Some of the contact information is not completely current, but all the content is still very timely.

To order any of the resources listed below, email Polly Freeman
( or Valerie Dascil ( Thanks for helping get the word out.

  • Home and garden hints for healthy streams and salmon – Detailed brochures for homeowners on all the things you can do around your house — home and garden, sidewalk and driveway, car care, lot coverage, etc — to protect water quality.
  • Video and brochure: Watersheds: H2ope for the future – A 21 minute video on King County’s watersheds and why it is important to protect them. Brochure talks about each watershed, the water cycle, and things we can each do to protect watersheds. Great for classrooms.
  • The Fish Who Could Climb Mountains – This colorful and engaging tabloid-sized handout would be great for middle or high-schoolers and works well for community groups too. Full of information about challenges to salmon throughout their lifecycle and how we can all learn about our watersheds and help salmon.
  • Puget Soundbooks – 8 1/2 x 11 format, 45 pages, detailed but with engaging illustrations about maintaining the health of the Sound. Landscaping, lawn care, hazardous waste, recycling, boating practices, wastewater, water conservation — it’s all here and in considerable detail. Lots of what you can do. Great for teachers or high schoolers doing a report. Originally published by the Marine Science Center in Poulsbo.
  • Four color posters produced years ago by the now-defunct Businesses for Clean Water program. The bottom of these posters with the contact info would need to be cut off, but the rest of the poster still has a good message if schools or others would like them.

There are three versions with three different nice photos: “This is a fish tank” (photo of beautiful boats on the Sound) “This is its lid” (photo of storm drain) “Any questions?” Other versions are “This is a wildlife sanctuary” (photo of idyllic pond)” This is its gate” (photo of storm drain) “Any questions?” And “This is a swimming pool” (photo of Lake Washington with dock) “This is its filter” (photo of storm drain) “Any questions?” These would measure about 14×17 after the bottom was cut off.

KCLS Resources for Home Schooling Families

Hello home schooling parents.
With the academic year about to begin, please remember that King County Library System (KCLS) offers a wide range of tools to make use of in your home school curriculum. These tools are free and available to you as a KCLS cardholder from home via our website: Choose the appropriate letter from our ‘Alphabetical List of Databases’ and you’ll find:

-Foreign language lessons and testing through Mango Languages.
-Audio and text eBooks through Gale Virtual Reference Library, Learning Express eBooks, KCLS eBooks: OverDrive and KCLS eBooks: Recorded Books.
– Hundreds of reference books straight from our library shelves in the Gale Virtual Reference Library.
– Audio editions of literature classics in KCLS eBooks: Recorded Books and KCLS eBooks: Overdrive.
– PDF editions of education-themed titles for skills improvement and test-taking in Learning Express eBooks.
Academic skills practice and standardized test preparation through Testing & Education Resource Center

– Advanced Placement (AP) practice tests.
– SAT and ACT practice units.

Science experiments, diagrams, and full-text articles through Science Resource Center and Science Online.

– Magazine articles organized by reading level in Science Resource Center.
– Extensive collection of illustrations and maps (labeled ‘Multimedia’) in Science Resource Center.
– Information on National Science Standards with links to appropriate content in Science Online.
– 3,000+ printable diagrams, illustrating key concepts in all science disciplines in Science Online.
– 600+ experiments, each indexed by grade range and subject in Science Online.

Country and state history and cultural information through CultureGrams, Lands and Peoples, America the Beautiful and American Indian History & Culture.

– Articles, maps, photographs and charts focusing on continents, countries, and states.
– Teacher’s guide (Lands and People) and Teacher’s Resources (America the Beautiful) with curriculum integration suggestions.

Literature recommendations and activity suggestions for a wide range of reading interests through Novelist, Literature Resource Center, and Fiction Connection.

– ‘Features for Teachers’ in Novelist offers articles with curricular connections – most include bibliographies with grade levels.
– Literary criticism in Literature Resource Center.

Full-text articles from thousands of newspapers and magazines through ProQuest, eLibrary, and Infotrac Onefile.

– Perfect for teaching student research skills.

– The ‘Full-Text Magazines & Journals In KCLS Databases’ search located on the bottom of KCLS database webpages pinpoints the database containing specific newspapers and magazines.

Photographs, illustrations, and maps through AP Images, eLibrary, and Oxford Reference Online.

Streaming music through Classical Music Library, Smithsonian Global Sound and African American Song.

– Streaming music collections are accessible on your computer
– Ideal for enhancing culture and music-themed units
– Playlists allow you to select songs in advance

Visit your local KCLS library for further information on any of these resources or email your questions directly to me:

Please help spread the word by forwarding this information to your fellow home schooling families. Just remind your friends and neighbors that these resources are free and available to all KCLS library card holders from the comfort of your own home via the KCLS website –¬†
Not a KCLS library card holder? Apply for a KCLS library card or learn more about KCLS reciprocal agreements for non-King County residents via the KCLS website –

Best Regards,
David Wasserman
Electronic Resources Librarian
King County Library System. ( 425.450.1763


Elegant Gourmet hard candy

Our facility is unique, not only to the West Coast and State of Washington, but to the United States as we are one of only 3 wholesale companies that still manufacture hard candy by hand (just like they did in the 1880’s). During the approximately 40-minute tour at Elegant Gourmet in Woodinville, WA, visitors have the chance to see a variety of treats in the making; from cookies and chocolate to nostalgic favorites like old-fashioned spiral lollipops and ribbon candy. No tour is exactly the same!

Tours are offered on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am, by reservation

Washington State Legislature Senate & House Page Program

Homeschooled students are eligible to participate in the paging program with the legislature. Students must be at least 14, and not have reached their 17th birthday. For information, please call 360-786-7038 or see their website at Information on the House Page program can be found here – General information on Page School can be found here –


Addiction Resource, with the guide for parents and educators about drug abuse among teens and kids ( There’s also this useful guide about the use of tobacco among teens ( It tells you how to spot it and what to do.