I used to feel like I had to have every educational toy, every workbook, all the curricula, every new thing I saw – to homeschool my children well.
Kids learn well when left alone, maybe just a little coaching and guidance. We’re pretty laid back these days.
There’s so much available online that we could virtually homeschool for free, anywhere, anytime. We don’t need much at all.
I have minimized to the top ten items we love and need to homeschool our four kids.
Our Top 10 Homeschool Items:
10. Art Supplies. (all that crafty stuff that makes life stressful and messy and fun and beautiful). We love colored pencils and glue sticks and the Back to School aisles still give me butterflies! I try to buy the highest quality supplies that will last and give my kids the effects they desire.
9. Library Cards. (we all have our own cards and we max those suckers out each week!) We love books. While I purchase lots, I always check the library and the Overdrive app to borrow eBooks first.
8. Tablets. We each have an iPad Mini. Thank God for technology. Starfall taught Alex his ABCs. We all have one with color-coded cases. (They were gifts from grandparents.) We use them daily for schoolwork and fun. I gave the girls their own shared Kindle account and we download FREE eBooks all the time! We love weather and geography apps. We love Stack the States, Splash Math, and Duolingo! And yes, we watch YouTube, Netflix, Disney+, and cable TV when we have WiFi.
7. Desks/Lap Trays. My kids each have a desk from thrift stores. We had four of this little table kind of lap desk. We also have some portable fun ones from lap gear. And I even found a mini one with a cool clipboard on it! They’re also great for travel.
5. Pencils and Sharpeners. The kids all love their Staedtler manual pencil sharpeners. I like this big electric pencil sharpener. It’s also a good idea to get good pencils, not those cutesy bargain ones.
3. Games. Just Dance and other fun active games. When it’s cold or very wet and windy, the kids love to exercise or wind down with the Wii and Switch.
2. Bookcases. We have lots of books. I have a wall of bookcases in my office. We have bookcases in the kids’ bedrooms. We have bookcases in the basement. I have a basket of our morning reading beside the sofa.