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Are you starting homeschool for the first time this year? Congratulations! I remember feeling excited and nervous when we started 5 years ago. We began on a tight budget, so I needed to be sensible with buying our homeschool supplies.
Most of these items were needed throughout the school year, and I am still using some of them years later. Your homeschool will be tailored-made for your family, so you may not need all the supplies that work for my family.
Today, I am sharing my homeschool supply list for beginners. I hope this list will get you get off to a great start, as well as save you time and money as you create your own homeschool experience!
Crayons, you can never have enough crayons! They come in handy for art projects, coloring books or putting a creative twist on a school lesson.
Markers are a great alternative, for when your children are bored with crayons. Sometimes, construction and markers are all that is needed to get their creative juices flowing!
Dry Erase Boards, adds another layer of fun to a lesson. I find that it gets them involved and more engaged in their subject.
Erasers are a necessity for us. By mid-year, the erasers on pencils have mysteriously disappeared, and a topless pencil can cause an immediate distraction to a not-so-fun subject, that’s when erasers come to the rescue!
Pencil Boxes are the best place to keep pencils from getting lost and making them easy to find by our students.
Folders are a great organization tool to collect completed work, and easy for students to assist in keeping their work in one place.
Clip Boards are great option tool for mobile learning.
Composition Books work for well for handwriting, copy work and interactive notebooks
Rulers are good for math lessons and arts and crafts.
Scissors are good to have around for crafts and creative assignments.
Glue is essential for making projects, art and more!
These items provide me with the convenience, creativity, and ability to start our school year prepared.
A 3-Hole Punch comes in handy for putting items together in binders for portfolios or subject-based centers.
A Large White Board can be a great tool for copy work or further explaining a lesson.
Dry Erase Markers are needed for the white board and using them with laminated or sheet protected worksheets.
A Weekly Planner allows you to organize and plan your lessons, activities, and ideas for the year. You can also use it as documented evidence of your school year if needed.
A Printer is a good item to have for collecting free worksheets and printing out helpful tools for your homeschool at your convenience.
A Laminator and sheets are something that I am so glad I invested in. I am able to keep, small posters, printables and documents for a longer period and I have saved money by not having to go to an office store every time I need something laminated.
Plastic bins, accordion file or file box are a must have for staying organized throughout the year, it’s very easy to collect a ton paper to have to sort through. Having these tools will save you a headache!
Manila Folders are a great way to keep your important documents (e.g, state/county requirements, homeschool evaluation notices, Co-op classes, receipts, etc.) all together in one place.
Stickers are a wonderful way to provide an extra reward incentive and reinforcement. Stickers go along way in our homeschool.
Binders can be used collect completed work to put together portfolios or to create mobile subject centers.
Pens, you can never have enough! Keep them in your own personal teacher bin, for your convenience
Other Supplies To Help With Lessons
Mathlink cubes (we also call them Unifix cubes) are a great math manipulative and fun for making cool objects. They are a popular tool in our homeschool!
Flash cards are nice to have for reinforcing new or current lessons.
Alphabet magnets are fun for preschoolers and can be used for a creative lesson in spelling or language arts.
What items would you recommend to a new homeschool Mom? Share in the comments.