TIME TO HOMESCHOOL!
It’s time to shop and grab the essentials you will need for the homeschool year.
I know we don’t generally follow the back to school calendar, but it’s still an exciting time for homeschoolers. Do you have a homeschool supply checklist?
Today I am going to share with you some of our favorites that make our homeschool life easier. I also have a little checklist of supplies that I stock up on each year at back-to-school time. Some of these are bigger items that you don’t need to buy yearly but are things that we use almost daily that lasts for a while.
Here is our list of the supplies that we use regularly. You’ll find the whole list at the end of this post for your reference.
HOMESCHOOL FAVORITE SUPPLY CHECKLIST
- 3 types of Paper – lined, graph, and colored construction
- 1 Subject Notebooks – grab enough for the subjects and interests that you’ve chosen
- Folders – to keep organize with worksheets, drawings, spelling lists, etc.
- Calculator – depending on the grade level and math curriculum
- Pencils– good quality 2 pencils.
- Pens – black, blue, and red ink
- Dual Tip Color Brush and Pen – fine liner art pens for hand lettering, drawing, art projects and journaling
- Expo Dry Erase Markers– both thin and thick ones are used
- Washable Crayola Markers and Crayons – or equivalent
- Do-A-Dot Marker Set– great for keeping the younger ones busy and lots of fun)
- Binder Rings– to keep organized with notes, worksheets, charts, lists, etc. It’s good to have on hand.
- Page Tabs and Post It Notes– use these to mark pages in all books, notebooks, literature, textbooks, teacher manuals, etc.)
- Index Cards and Box– used for various things like making vocabulary or math flash cards, verse memorization, games etc.).
- Wooden Craft Sticks
- Wall Map(I recommend getting a quality wall map, it will last you for years. We have a US map and a World map).
- Globe – this one is a great choice – Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Discovery Educational World Geography Kids. You could get a plain globe which works just fine. This one just has extra features.
- Mini Dry Erase Boards– one for each child (I do have one large board for the room, but each child likes to have a smaller one for their work). It’s good for answering questions as well.
For students who uses an online platform full time or part time to supplement the curriculum: in addition to the above items, you will need …
- Computer, laptop, or tablet – check with the online school platform you’re using. Schoolization can run on all three types of devices. Check for good source of charger, USB port, etc.
- Headphones – it is important to grab one that is high quality with a speaker and one that blocks noise in the background.
- Mouse – optional, but I find it very useful to move around the classroom more efficiently. Mouse pad if needed.
- Anti-glare glasses – optional, highly recommended to protect their eyes.
- Printer and Ink– it gets used a LOT so get a high quality one with extra paper and ink.
- White Board – These can be pricey, but it is a necessity in our homeschool. It is literally used daily. I have a 3′ x 5′ size for the wall. Then magnetic handheld size white boards as well.
- Sticker note pads – various sizes and colors
- Pencil Sharpener– electric sharpener is an absolute must in our homeschool.
- Red Correcting Pencils – a good quality erasable checking pencilto check work).
- Stapler & Staples
- Hole Punch
- File Folders
- Laminator – it is so expensive to get things laminated. You actually end up saving money if you invest in one. I use it more often than I thought I would.
- Calendar Poster
- Fun little things for our Treasure Box– grab some at the discounted stores. I use it when the kids finish all their schoolwork for the week, they get to pick their prize from the treasure box).
- Desktop Carousel – I have found these at different stores in different shapes and colors. No matter what they are just handy to organize homeschool supplies.
- Homeschool Planner– this is a printable planner I use year after year to keep me organized.
Well, this is a great place to start gathering your supplies once you decide on your homeschool curriculum and schedule. It seems like a lot. Again, some of these things we do not have to buy every year. You can find notebooks and folders on sale during the summer for a fraction of the regular price. Same goes for crayons and markers and things like that. So be sure to stock up! I do have some other items in our homeschool that I use often, but these are the things I consider must haves. This is the list that I recommend to my parents and students as they come through Schoolization and in some of my coaching sessions.