There are always a whole bunch of back-to-school supply checklists. What about homeschoolers? Do you have a homeschool supply checklist? What are your essential supplies? As homeschoolers, we don’t have to buy a specific list of supplies every year, but there are many things we use in our homeschool everyday and that make our lives a bit easier. Today I am going to share with you some of our favorites that make our homeschool life easier. I also have a little checklist of supplies that I stock up on each year at back-to-school time. Some of these are bigger ticket items, but we literally use them almost daily.
Here is our list of the supplies that we use regularly, separated between student and teacher resources to help out a little bit. Of course there is overlap on many of these supplies, but you’ll get the idea of who uses what. You’ll find the whole list at the end of this post.
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- Lined Paper I usually get a few packs for us each year. We also get a pack of graph paper as needed to use with our harder math problems. I find that the grid helps them keep numbers in the correct spots when multi-digit multiplying.
- 1 Subject Notebooks
- Pencils (I usually get Ticonderoga No. 2 pencils. After many years of homeschooling, I have found these are the best pencils ever – they don’t break, the lead just seems to work better than most. I do get some fun pencils too, but these are the preferred pencil for my kids).
- Pencil Erasers
- Pencil Boxes
- Glue (I get glue sticks in bulk, we use them for everything, they dry quickly and are virtually mess free when it comes to little people.)
- Paint & Brushes (What child doesn’t love to paint)
- Butcher Paper Rolls for painting
- Colored Construction Paper
- Expo Dry Erase Markers ( we have thin and thick ones)
- Washable Crayola Markers/Crayons, etc (They have to be washable for us. With preschoolers and toddlers, I can’t even tell you how many times my walls and tables have been drawn on).
- Fancy Markers for lettering or drawing or art projects (We use the Tombow Dual Brush pens for hand lettering and journaling)
- Scissors (Kids rounded ends)
- Binder Rings (We have used these for numerous things, always good to have on hand).
- Page Tabs/Post It Notes ( We use these to mark pages in all our books and notebooks- literature, textbooks, teacher manuals, etc)
- Index Cards and Box (Used for many things, like vocab or math, verse memorization, games etc.).
- Wooden Craft Sticks: I find we use these all the time for random things, building projects, crafts, etc. Another variation of these are the Smart Sticks Interlocking Notched sticks. They have little notches out of them that help immensely with construction.
- Do-A-Dot Marker Set (These are great for keeping the younger ones busy! We have been fans of them for years.)
- Wall Map (I recommend getting a quality wall map, it will last you for years. We have a US map and a World map).
- Globe (We have used this globe for years and they still love it. You could get a plain globe, but I love that this one has so many educational games and activities).
- Mini Dry Erase Boards for each child (I do have one large board for the room, but each child likes to have a smaller one for their work).
- Laminator: I still can’t believe how often I use my laminator. It gets very frequent use, especially at the beginning of our school year. You could laminate at a local store if you prefer, but I have found the ease of having one at home is well worth it. This one is not expensive and has lasted us many years. I did purchase it online originally and now can pick up the refill packets at WalMart and Target.
- Hole Punch (I have a single hole punch as well as a 3 ring hole punch.)
- Printer and Ink (It will get a LOT of use, so get a decent one).
- Pencil Sharpener It is WELL worth buying a good one! (We use this one. We do have some cheap sharpeners as well, but an electric sharpener is an absolute must in our homeschool).
- Red Correcting Pencils ( I use Ticonderoga Checking Pencils to check work).
- Mavalus Tape! (This is another must for me! It’s like masking tape, but it holds literally everything on our walls, and doesn’t mark or take off paint!)
- Stapler & Staples
- Workboxes (These are 10 Drawer Rolling Carts, and we have used this to organize each child’s daily work. They have created much more independence so I can teach multiple children).
- White Board These can be pricey, but it is a necessity in our homeschool. It is literally used daily. I have a 3′ x 5′ size.
- Calendar Poster (This is held onto a cork board with small thumb tacks.)
- Fun little things for our Prize Box (When the kids finish all their schoolwork for the week without complaining, they get to pick from the prize box).
- Desktop Carousel: We have changed this up over the years, but have always had one. There are quite a few to pick from. We have also made our own at times, with a cheap bucket type thing and glass jars inside to organize our supplies. I keep the majority of our supplies in here so everyone can share.
I think that about sums up our homeschool supply list! It seems like a lot, but some of these things we do not have to buy every year. You can find notebooks and folders on sale during the summer for just cents, and stock up! Same goes for crayons and markers and things like that. We do have some other items in our homeschool, but these are the things I consider must haves.
Here is a quick reference list of the supplies I mentioned, for your ease. Let me know if you think I missed anything that you find to be a must in your homeschool!
- Frixion Erasable Pens
- Pencil Grips
- Desktop Carousel
- Fun Iwako Animal Erasers
- Ticonderoga Pencils
- Ticonderoga Red Marking Pencils
- Expo Dry Erase Markers
- Do A Dot Markers
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens
- Scissors (5 Pack)
- Elmer’s Glue Sticks
- Mavalus Wall Tape
- Scholastic Wall Calendar
- Post-It Sticky Flag Tabs
- Crayola Twistable Crayons
- Bic Mechanical Pencils
- Craft Sticks
- Tempera Paint
- Butcher Paper Rolls
- Sharpie Highlighters
- Smart Globe Discovery