Get ready for a fruitful homeschooling journey with our complete guide to essential supplies. Discover the magic of learning together.
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Are you excited to dive into the wonderful world of homeschooling with your kids? Whether you're a seasoned homeschooling pro or just starting out, let's explore the must-have homeschooling supplies that can make your homeschool a fun and organized learning space. This friendly guide will walk you through the essentials for a successful homeschooling adventure.
Why Homeschooling Supplies Matter
Before we jump into our list of essential supplies, let's chat about why having the right materials can make your homeschooling experience even more awesome:
- Stay Organized: Knowing what supplies you'll need ahead of time helps you plan what kind of space and storage you'll need in order to keep your homeschooling space neat and tidy, so you can easily find what you need when you need it. If you're in the beginning stages of mapping out your homeschool journey, consider one of these teacher lesson plan planners (affiliate) to prep for the year ahead.
2. Have Fun Learning: The right materials can turn learning into a fantastic adventure, keeping your kids engaged and excited about learning. For example, making sure you have plenty of options for lessons that incorporate sensory play can really make a difference for motivating little ones!
3. Cater to Different Learners: Homeschooling supplies come in all shapes and sizes–paint, paper, cutouts, tablets, gardens, manipulatives– you name it! This variety makes it easy to adapt your teaching method to what works best for each child.
4.) Boost Success: With the right resources, your child can tackle lessons with confidence and success, as well as retain information better. When kids have the right tools at their disposal to learn information in the way that makes the most sense to them, it saves you time and frustration. I recommend this quick learning style quiz to get a feel for what you need to prioritize for each of your kiddos. I have a post that talks about understanding your child's needs when choosing a curriculum and another one about choosing the right approach.
The Essential Homeschooling Supplies List
Let's dive into the list of must-have homeschooling supplies to make your homeschooling journey a breeze:
1. Curriculum Materials
- Textbooks and Workbooks: Depending on your curriculum, you might need textbooks and workbooks for different subjects. Books can be a big ticket item as far as spending, so explore ways to save when buying schools supplies.
- Online Learning Platforms: Online courses and interactive platforms can be super useful in your homeschooling journey. If you have older kids or are interested in trialing books yourself prior to having your kid read, I love the platform Blinkist (affiliate)! This app takes full-length nonfiction books and summarizes the main application points and most important insights of each chapter so that you can easily absorb the crucial information! Each book takes about 15 minutes to listen to.
2. Writing and Art Supplies
- Pencils and Pens: Every student needs these basic writing tools.
- Notebooks and Paper: Make sure your child has plenty of space to take notes and work on assignments.
- Art Supplies: Fuel your child's creativity with goodies like colored pencils, markers, crayons, and sketchbooks. Construction paper and even big rolls of craft paper can come in handy as well.
3. Organizational Tools
- Binders and Folders: Keep assignments and projects neatly organized with binders and folders for each subject.
- Planners and Calendars: Help your child develop good time management skills with a homeschool planner or a calendar/visual schedule app. Or use real cards like these on Etsy to let your little one know what the day will bring. Erin Condren (affiliate) has adorable planners for kids that help them practice organizing their own thoughts and working on time management skills.
- Storage Containers: Keep your supplies organized and within reach with clear bins and storage boxes.
4. Educational Manipulatives
- Math Manipulatives: Tools like counting cubes and geometric shapes make math more fun and understandable.
- Science Kits: Get your hands dirty with science experiment kits for hands-on learning.
- Maps and Globes: Explore geography and history with maps and globes.
5. Reading Materials
- Library Books: Frequent trips to the library offer access to a wide variety of reading materials. Search for quality staples that will serve kids for years to come. I am not a history person, so I know that the literature is really going to have to be killer in order to fill that gap. I really like The Tuttle Twins for covering history in an engaging way. Do research in each subject before investing in your library.
- Bookshelves: Organize your growing home library with bookshelves for easy access. I like that the forward-facing bookshelves (affiliate) seem to draw kids in and encourage them to pick up a book.
- Computers and Tablets: These are essential for accessing online resources and interactive learning platforms.
- Internet Connection: A reliable internet connection is essential for online research and communication.
7. Supplementary Resources
- Educational Games: Add some fun to your lessons with educational games and puzzles. Even games like Guess Who and Go Fish can be good games for younger kids for building language and cognitive skills.
- Reference Materials: Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and atlases are valuable references.
8. Arts and Crafts Supplies
- Craft Kits: Encourage creativity and fine motor skills with craft activities.
- Paints and Brushes: Dive into the world of art with painting and creative expression.
- Sensory Bins: Make concepts more engaging by breaking up content with sensory breaks. You can put items relevant to lessons in the sensory bins and make them a talking point with your child (for example, hiding dinosaur figurines in a box of beans for them to excavate).
9. Classroom Furniture
- Desks and Chairs: Create a comfortable and dedicated learning space for each child.
- Whiteboard or Chalkboard: Make lessons and reminders more engaging with a writing surface.
- See my other posts for more furniture recommendations for small spaces or homeschool space setup on a budget.
10. Basic Stationery Supplies
- Scissors, Glue, and Tape: Essential for arts and crafts projects and keeping everything organized.
- Stapler and Paper Clips: Keep assignments and notes together.
11. Educational Software
- Educational Apps: Explore apps that make math, language, and other subjects a blast.
- Typing Software: Older students can improve their typing skills for research and writing. Typing Club has good options for this with lessons and practice.
Where to Find Your Homeschooling Supplies
Now that you know what you need, where can you find these amazing homeschooling supplies? Here are some options:
- Local Stores: You'll find many of the supplies you need at office supply stores, bookstores, and craft shops.
- Online Retailers: Websites like Amazon, eBay, and educational supply stores offer a wide variety of materials delivered right to your door.
- Library: Your local library might offer books, educational materials, and even educational software.
- Secondhand Resources: Check out thrift stores for budget-friendly options. Many homeschooling families find fantastic materials at these stores.
Conclusion: Create a Magical Homeschooling Experience
By stocking up on these essential supplies, you're setting the stage for a successful and engaging homeschooling journey. These materials will not only make your teaching more effective but will also create a fun and enjoyable learning environment for your children. Remember, homeschooling is a unique adventure, so make these supplies your own and cater to your family's specific needs and preferences. Have a blast homeschooling!