You can homeschool on a dime. It doesn’t take too much to begin. When we first started, we had some basic office supplies and a few things I picked up in the back-to-school section at Target.
We were fine.
However, having a comprehensive list to look over before each school each year is always nice. You can be reminded of what you need to stock up on, as well as, mark the things you might like to purchase in the future.
- Laminator I put this first on my list because I have not regretted this purchase at all. Well worth the $25!
- Laminating pouches a must for your laminator.
- Copier/Printer We had an inkjet for the longest time, and we finally upgraded to a laser printer/copier, because we use it so often.
- Paper cutter honestly, a small paper cutter is where it’s at for me.
- Electric pencil sharpener will save HOURS of your life.
- 3 whole punch for everything you will put into binders…
- Single whole punch yep
- Ruler a math essential in grade school
- Yard stick another math essential I had to run out last minute for
- Tape measure very useful
- Scissors goes without saying
- Stapler same
- Spiral binding machine I have yet to purchase this, but its on my list. With all the projects we do I think it would be most helpful. (I’ll link the one I am looking at purchasing.)
- Chalk/white board you can find these at a craft store or even a thrift store
- Protractor possibly needed for math
- Colored Pencils
- Dry Erase Markers we use these all the time for our wipe-off resources as well as, our white board. (I’ve heard you can use Crayola markers for wipe-off too, but I haven’t tried it.
- Highlighters are great for planner marking .
- Notebooks having some spiral notebooks on hand are great for impromptu journaling or interactive notebooks.
- Writing paper loose leaf writing paper for small reports or handwriting assignments.
- Graph paper great for math and also drawing lessons.
- Copy paper we go through reams of this more than I want to admit.
- Composition Notebook great for copywork or other writing practice.
- Cardstock great for creating and projects
- Glue sticks don’t underestimate how many of these you actually need.
- Tape scotch, washi, double-ed… it all comes in handy.
- Thank you cards our literature curriculum has our kids writing lots of cards, its good to stay stocked.
- Rubber bands great for organizing cards or other manipulatives.
- 3-Ring binders I always try to have a few on hand (especially for when I get and print my curriculum from online.)
- Stickers because every teacher should have a little stash.
- Clear page protectors are so handy for creating wipe-off resources
- Wipe-off pouch a sturdier wipe-off option. (I saw some in our dollar section at Target this year.)
- Paperclips little but important
- Watercolors I’m a little bit of an art snob. I like to splurge and get the good stuff. Here is a pallet we like.
- Washable Paint having some Tempera paint around, is great for hand painting and other elementary fun
- Oil Pastels super fun medium to work with
- Chalk great to use with your chalkboard, artwork, or sidewalk
- Yarn an inevitable need
- Paint Brushes a must for painting
- Clothespins these are great for clip cards, manipulatives, organization.
- Brads I can never find one when I need one.
- Construction Paper so many projects all for construction paper. Plus, who doesn’t love colored paper?
- Book Shelves because piling books on the floor is not ideal.?
- Art Cart we personally, do not have one, but I’ve heard of homeschool families organizing in this way.
- Caddy we have an art caddy on our kitchen table that holds all of the basics. (Love it)
- Book Pouches we use these for our subjects that have moving pieces that I am trying to keep all in one place. I bought these pouches from Lakeshore Learning.
- Workboxes great if you are working to keep your subjects separated and organized.
- Family Calendar we have a magnetic whiteboard calendar that is on our fridge. It’s very helpful to see the big picture so we stay on track with our time and events.
- Homeschool Planner you can print one off my website for free!
- Pencil case a little box or bag to keep them all together works nice.
- Student Planner you can print one off my website for free!
- iPad/tablet we use an iPad for our online piano lessons, Spanish app, and drawing app.
- Backpack for those days you want to take school to the park, grandma’s, or a local coffee shop
- Personal white board we use ours everyday for math.
- Balance Scale great for elementary math
- Thermometer another tool I was running out the night before the next day’s math lesson to get.
- Compass great for learning direction and geography. (Besides, the life skill is being able to read one.)
- Binoculars are so useful for outdoor exploration.
- Magnifying Glass we purchased one to use when we did a butterfly kit and have used it many times since.
- Calculator I’m sure it will come in handy at some point.
- Timer Great for keeping everyone on track. Here’s the one, I am looking at purchasing. (I’ve heard good things about it.)
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