Let’s Talk Shop: What Supplies Do You Need for Homeschooling?
Times are…weird. And if you’ve successfully transitioned into your new role as a homeschooling teacher without nine mental breakdowns, we totally applaud you. But now that you’ve put your nose to the grindstone, you might be realizing that your classroom is woefully understocked. (No big deal, you have toilet paper for days.)
There are so many products you might want to purchase, but it’s certainly best to begin with the basics. So what supplies do you need for homeschooling? Read on for an essentials-only guide for the pre-k to fourth grade set. (If you’ve got older kids, we hope they’re getting a distance-learning plan from their teachers.)
1. Spiral-bound Sketchpads
There’s a good chance that a lot of art is happening in your homeschool—and that’s just the way you want it. Opt for a spiral-bound sketch pad to spare yourself the loose-leaf mess.
3. Washable Markers
Now that you’ve got your paper, you’re going to need something to write and color with. A washable option will keep clothes and furniture from getting ruined.
4. Glue and Glue Sticks
Parents are divided on which works best: Your standard Elmer’s is best for bulkier materials, while glue sticks are mess-free and work fine on paper projects. Either way, be sure you have some sort glue at your disposal in order to keep the creativity flowing.
5. Desktop Pocket Chart
This handy pocket chart includes easy-to-clean cards that can be used for early-learning spelling and sentence building (cat, dog, mom) or the Pythagorean theorem (Google that one, though). Feel free to use it for your daily schedule too.
6. Reward Punch Cards
Struggling to maintain discipline in your tiny home-based classroom? These punch cards will help you define, encourage and reward good behavior...and the hole punch is included.
7. Big Dry-Erase Whiteboard
Chalk is dusty, guys. Get yourself a whiteboard and whip up any lesson with ease while your kids watch. This option is big enough to get the message through, but not so big that your home feels like a classroom all the time. Bonus: Mistakes are easy to erase.
8. Dry-Erase Lap Board
There are many benefits to this lap-sized learning board—but mostly it helps kids follow along and stay engaged, while also practicing their penmanship without fear of making mistakes.
9. Dry-Erase Markers
You have all the whiteboards, so definitely scoop up these dry-erase markers. They work well and they don’t stink. Best of all, they have a built-in eraser and they’re magnetized, so they will stick to your new supercool teaching surface.
10. Heavyweight Construction Paper
There’s construction paper, and then there’s crafting construction paper. If you are hoping to incorporate arts and crafts into your new homeschooling routine, definitely go for the good stuff. This heavyweight paper gets high marks for quality—and the hues are quite nice too.
11. Magnetic Storage Boxes
So many art projects and so many art supplies…and so much time spent picking up markers off the floor when you could’ve been teaching those kiddos. Homeschooling veterans say the key to success is staying organized. These storage boxes (designed for school and art supplies) work well when stuck to a whiteboard or as freestanding desktop organizers.
12. Demonstration Clock
At one point or another, you and your child are both likely to “watch the clock.” If anybody in your school is still learning to read the clock, this experience of boredom can be seamlessly combined with time-telling education. Either way, this write-and-wipe clock is easy to manipulate and helps children learn about time (and possibly promotes solidarity, as you pass the hours together).
These blunt-tip bad boys can cut out butterflies and flowers, and are made to fit both righties and lefties, in case you’ve got a southpaw in the family. Older kids can, of course, use older-kid scissors. Just make sure you’ve got some way to cut things out.
14. Colored Pencils
Colored pencils teach precision and fine motor skills—perfect for art projects, coloring books and letter-writing practice to boot. Older children can hone their pencil-holding form, and younger ones won’t be able to color on the walls so effectively…so everybody wins. These guys are erasable too, so if you have a budding artist/perfectionist, look no further.
15. Educational Posters
Your lesson plans are legit, but you still aren’t getting the respect you deserve. Stick some educational posters on the wall so your home-based classroom looks the part, and be sure to use them. These wall hangings cover a variety of subjects, and the bold visuals make them perfect for a wide age range.
16. Pipe Cleaners, Googly Eyes and Pom-Poms
Because those toilet paper rolls ain’t gonna decorate themselves.
Supplies for Teachers:
- Spiral-Bound Notebooks
- Composition Books
- Washable Markers
- Glue and Glue Sticks
- Double-Sided Desktop Pocket Chart
- Reward Punch Cards
- Big Dry-Erase Whiteboard
- Dry-Erase Lap Boards
- Dry-Erase Markers
- Heavyweight Construction Paper
- Magnetic Storage Boxes
- Demonstration Clock
- Colored Pencils
- Educational Posters
- Pipe Cleaners, Googly Eyes and Pom-Poms