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Are you considering homeschooling?
Summer is a time when some families decide to change things up and shift from one school setting to another.
If you’ve decided your family is ready to take this adventure, let me share with you some essential homeschool items.
It’s not what you may think. Here are the things you must have to homeschool successfully:
1. Quality Curriculum
Notice this heading reads “quality” not “expensive.” You don’t have to spend a fortune to provide quality curriculum for your children.
There are a ton of resources for homeschool families and many ways to create (or purchase) quality curriculum.
Homeschooling on a budget while providing a quality education can be done. Be sure to choose a curriculum that will engage your children.
If you have their undivided attention, they’re learning.
2. Library Card
The library is a wonderful FREE resource for homeschool families. If you have a library card, you can check out books, electronics, and participate in their fun community activities.
This is a great place for your children to make friends. It’s also a great way to instill a love of reading within your children.
A library card can unlock a ton of resources for your homeschool, and this certainly makes it an essential homeschool item.
In today’s society, kids need electronics to homeschool. Smart TV’s are wonderful for showcasing things you find on the internet on a larger screen.
The good news is some libraries offer electronics you can rent. You can also use computers at the library.
4. Dry Erase Board
I could not do the homeschool life without my dry erase board. I know it sounds crazy, but I love it.
I can write assignments, provide demonstrations, and review things with my kids in an easy-to-see method by using the white board.
It’s especially useful if you’re homeschooling more than one child at a time.
Consider this awesome dry erase board lap-desk!
5. Dry Erase Markers
I use my white board all the time (for homeschool and as part of my daily routine.) This means I go through quite a few markers.
Keep a few extras on hand because it’s frustrating when you need to explain something, and your markers are giving you fits.
6. Arts and Crafts Supplies
It truly frustrates me when people assume that homeschool parents put their kids in front of a computer, school them solely online, and that’s it.
If you think this is what you’re in for, you’re wrong. Better to find out now than when you’re in the midst of homeschooling.
Homeschool kids do some things online, but they also do a lot of hands-on activities. You’ll need appropriate arts and crafts supplies for these instances.
We’re fortunate to live in a time when so much is available at our fingertips. The internet is a must when you’re doing any type of schooling.
If you can’t afford the internet, check into your local library. Most provide internet access. You can take your electronics and stay as long as you like at the library. They offer computers as well.
I never teach any type of curriculum without supplementing. Each teacher has a way of adding their own spin on things.
Pinterest provides me with ideas to bring what we’re learning to life. Tap into Pinterest!
Homeschooling provides a ton of flexibility. It’s great because you can move at your child’s pace, and if life throws you a curve ball, you can adjust your schedule to adapt to that season in life.
However, don’t get too flexible. Kids thrive with routines. It makes them feel secure because they know what to expect.
Some flexibility is great when necessary but do try your best to develop some type of routine. It makes all the difference in our household.
Physical Education gets overlooked a lot in homeschooling. In my case, my kids aren’t athletic. I have one who wants to be a professional gamer, and the other is probably going to cure cancer. (No joke! He’s my science kid.)
They could care less about sports, but I want them to learn healthy habits when they’re young to carry throughout their lives.
I’m on a routine where I exercise one hour a day, so my kids do the same now. They spend 30 minutes exercising on equipment and 30 minutes riding bikes or jumping on our trampoline.
My friends enroll their children in homeschool PE classes, some enroll their kids in sports, and you can also do PE online.
Find some way to get your homeschooled kids moving every day. Physical activity is an essential homeschool item.
I purchased the ABC and numbers magnets my first-year homeschooling. My youngest was in preschool, and I thought they’d be a helpful tool for him.
That was the best money I ever spent. We are in our 6th year homeschooling, and I still use them. They’re wonderful for spelling and math.
My kids learn spelling through writing the words and building them with magnets. We do the same with our multiplication tables.
Kids need opportunities to learn. They shouldn’t be assigned strictly book work. Take your children to the park, let them meet people, let them ask questions, join a co-op, and take field trips.
Do anything you can to provide educational opportunities for your children. Put them in sports, dance class, art class, or in online classes.
You don’t have to spend a fortune or keep yourself on the go constantly. But do give your child the opportunity to be exposed to different things so they can figure out what they may be interested in and what they aren’t.
Homeschooling is a wonderful experience. There are many ways to go about it, and it doesn’t require a ton of materials to homeschool successfully.
But these essential homeschool items are things I think every homeschooler should have to maximize each resource and opportunity available.