Ahhhh it’s school supplies time again. I love the smell of brand new crayons. Love freshly sharpened pencils. A neat stack of notebook paper. New books ready to be cracked open. We know what the usual school supplies consist of, but homeschooling is its own unique entity. An entity that requires some different supplies.
We moved between the end of last school year and the summer. This caused me to re-evaluate what school supplies we really needed/wanted/liked. This is our top 15 list. (This list does contain affiliate links. I was not asked to add or review any of these products. Please see statement at the bottom of this post)
- Laminator – I’ve seen people poo-poo this one. I got one and I admit it sat dormant for awhile before I used it. And once I finally started, I haven’t stopped. You can do so much with this! Laminate worksheets to be used again and again. Laminate poems of the month. Art work. Chore charts. Pressed flowers.
- Play dough or clay or floam – So many uses! Dough can be used to keep littles busy. Or give some to your early letter learners to practice making letters. Have your dyslexic use it to illustrate words like between and together. Use clay balls for math problems. Build a replica of the pyramids. We prefer the non-air drying and floam which also doesn’t dry out, link above.
- Library card – Free books. Need I say more? And free DVDs. Books on CD. Digital books. So many good reason to join your local library. Some even offer home school classes!
- Coffee shop cards – Sometimes a change of scenery helps the soul.
- Rain boots and water shoes – If you live in a desert, you can probably disregard this one. For everyone else, rain boots and/or water shoes are awesome. Get out and splash in those puddles! Explore the streams. Hike without worrying about getting your shoes muddy. Rainboots hose off and Keens (our favorite) are washable!
- Journals and colors – Write stories. Sketch in the museum galleries. We love Prisma Colors because of their rich colors. And SO MANY colors to choose from. Not just 12 or 24, but SO many. So good for your budding artists. Start a nature journal.
- Pouch for collecting treasures – magnifying glass, bug jar, flower press, binoculars – We love our exploring bags. My children love to collect treasures. And of course, they all have the proper tools for looking at what we explore.
- Bin for taking supplies outside – When the weather is beautiful, we don’t want to stay inside! Take your supplies with you in these buckets.
- Annual pass to local nature preserve – Yes, we do have a nature theme going on. We love being outside. I think, and research supports, that children do best when they can be in a green space as often as possible.
- Water bottles – A must! My kids are always thirsty and we are always in the car. It is so tempting to stop at Sonic all the time for us. This adds up and it’s too much sugar! I discovered these Camelbak waterbottles this spring and it was love at first use. My kids used mine so much I had to buy them their own! These keep water cold for 24 hours and tea or coffee hot for 12! So awesome.
- Headphones for audio books – Great for listening to all those digital books from the library!
- Sidewalk chalk – There are so many ways to learn with chalk. Practice spelling words. Write the alphabet on the driveway. Have your child run from letter to letter to spell their words. You can play a similar game with math. Draw the water cycle. Draw a sun dial (don’t forget to add a book for the arm).
- White board markers – Great for so many things. Writing on all of those laminated pages. Drawing on white boards. Do math on the window. Grammar on a mirror.
- Laminated map – We like seeing where the people live that we are learning about. A laminated map allows you to use those white board markers. Mark the journey of the Ingalls as you read Little House on the Prairie. See how far Paddington traveled.
- Cardstock – printables last longer printed on cardstock. Making sorting cards for grammar games. Print out a timeline. Make a lapbook. Use to make a cover of a book written and illustrated by your children.
What would you add to this list?
(We were not asked to review any of these products to add them to the list. These are products that we regularly use or have used in our home school. The links do contain affiliate links, but that does not cause you to pay more if you do decide to buy them via the links. We do receive a small commission for sharing these products with you. This helps the website to run. Thank you)