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Moving while homeschooling has definitely made me realize my favorite homeschool supplies. These are the items that I use multiple times a day without really thinking about them. Day to day, they are just there making my job as a homeschool mom a little easier. I hadn’t considered how much I use my favorite homeschool supplies until I was faced with not being able to access them. They were quite literally the last items packed at our old house and will be the first boxes unpacked at the new house (after the coffee pot – let’s not go crazy).
Favorite Homeschool Supplies From a Veteran Homeschool Mom
This white board gets used during almost every single subject. It is our preferred place to:
- use our All About Spelling magnetic letter tiles
- work through math problems together
- practice edittng sentences for grammar
I also write each child’s subjects for the day in the top corner. They erase the subjects as they complete the tasks. The really like being able to see how much schoolwork they have left.
The white board has also become a place to draw pictures, leave jokes, and write notes for family members.
I use dry erase markers every single day. They are great for my calendar system as well as our white board. Thin tip dry erase markers work best on my refrigerator calendar because I’m always trying to cram as much as possible into each box. The tips of no name markers seem to wear out so much faster compared to when I use Expo dry erase markers. Eventually though, the tips will widen. I always start my thin tip dry erase markers on my calendar, where precision is more important, and then move them to my large white board when they start to widen.
Is it weird that a pencil sharpener is one of my favorite homeschool supplies? We tried so many pencil sharpeners before I discovered the Classroom Friendly Supplies pencil sharpener. This one is fantastic.
- Quickly sharpens
- Easy to take apart to remove a piece of broken graphite
- Doesn’t require electricity
- Replacement parts are available – although we have used ours for over 5 years and not needed to replace anything
- It comes in a variety of colors
There is a discount with orders of 3, so ask your other homeschool or parent friends if they need a new pencil sharpener too. Homeschool parents are always looking for deals, or at least I am!
Let me tell you a little secret. For a long time we did not have a printer, even as a homeschool family. We could print 70 pages a week for free at our library, so I just did all of my printing there. I ended up biting the bullet and buying my own printer when I needed to print a few Math Mammoth workbooks. It would have taken me forever at 70 pages per week!
Now I use my printer daily. I print out free printable games I find online, my lesson plan template, student work, and so much more. It is very handy for homeschoolers to have a printer that has copying capabilities. Every week I copy student pages from our Story of the World Activity book – mapwork, coloring pages, and sometimes games.
I love to keep things organized. A well thought out plan for the day, week, month, and year keeps me on track to reach my goals. I have tried a few lesson planner books and never really found exactly what I was needed. Last year I realized that if I was going to modify a lesson plan book anyway, I might as well make my own. It is perfect for me because it is completely customized. My lesson plan book contains a section for weekly plans, monthly calendars, curriculum maps for each child, and even a section for our co-op. What would you include in your plan book?
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My children have their own computers for school. It certainly isn’t a requirement, but having multiple computers in our house is a luxury that has come in handy. My kids are able to do online assignments, research, and play educational games whenever it fits best in their school day. They don’t need to wait for a turn. This helps keep our day moving.
Thankfully, Chromebooks are a great computer choice for children. They are relatively inexpensive (in the low $200 range) so I don’t worry too much about damage. It is also virtually impossible to download viruses onto the Chromebook. All downloads are stored in the cloud, not on the physical device. The only drawback is that Chromebooks do need internet to be of much use. That hasn’t been a problem in our household.
Quality pencils are a must in my homeschool. They are one of the most basic of my favorite homeschool supplies. Broken pencils were driving me crazy. It seemed like nothing derailed a lesson faster than a broken pencil. Some pencils seemed like the graphite must be broken the entire length of the pencil! We don’t have that problem with Ticonderga. They sharpen well, erase neatly, and the graphite seems strong. I stock up and buy a case whenever I find a good deal.
I love this brand of markers so much, it was the only craft supply that I brought on our cross country adventure. The colors are bright and bold, the marker tips stay tight and neat, and they can survive over a week without the cap without the ink drying out! They even come in a convenient storage box.
Families are busy! It can be difficult juggling everyone’s activities and keeping it all straight. I need a nice dry erase calendar right on my refrigerator to keep me on track. Our calendar has been in our U-boxes the last few weeks and I have really struggled keeping track of the day and various deadlines. I can’t wait to stick it back up on our new fridge!
I organize my calendar a little differently than most, but this technique is what works for me. Read about my calendar organization method.
What would you add? What are your favorite homeschool supplies?
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