Now that you have decided to homeschool your children, what on earth do you need?
Of course, you will not be able to purchase all these homeschool HOT items, but you can add them over time. Unless your homeschool budget is much grander than mine was, you can pick and choose which ones you can’t live without.
These have been compiled from numerous seasoned homeschoolers and we pretty much all said the same items were a MUST.
Here are the 25 HOT Homeschool Items
- Bible – we also really enjoy the dramatized bible on audio, this is not the one we have, but this one is FREE.
- Dry Erase Boards – we have a HUGE one in the schoolroom but have several little ones that we use daily. And yes, we home school on the bed!
- A good Pencil Sharpener – (this is the one that I have in my own classroom)
- Globe – we use atlases, too. Check out this super cool globe and why you need one
- Library Card – we only have one family card. All the children had their own at one time and it was a disaster. We keep all library books in a basket or designated self. Check out this fun library scavenger hunt
- Red Pens – I stock up during the Back to School sale at Walmart
- Flag – teach your child the Pledge of Allegiance, please!
- Good Planner – tons of free homeschool planners.
- A Schedule posted – not necessary with times, but in sequence order to everyone knows what to do next.
- 3 Hole Punch – someday when my ship comes in, I want an electric one.
- Laminator – this is my favorite item. I use it all the time.
- Page Protectors – invest in good quality ones. We make a lot of notebook pages. I use these in my classroom now
- Bible Tools – The children use a concordance, Bible dictionary, and other various tools to do research
- Mom Support Group – on-line and in real life. This is so imperative because Satan will attack you and the yellow school bus will be so tempting!
- Stapler – and lots of staples.
- Scissors – a good pair for Mommy.
- A printer that has a copier – I use this feature all the time!
- Sticky Notes – I use the little ones as bookmarks in all teacher guides, so I know where we left off instantly.
- Binders – we like the white ones with a slip sleeve, so they can create their own cover.
- Book Shelves – over the years you will build a library. Also, each one of my children has their own shelf to store all their homeschool books.
- Label Maker – I am addicted!
- Pencils – more than you could ever imagine
- Local Homeschool Group – get your children involved and participate in field trips, projects, and activities.
- 1828 Dictionary – we use this for word studies. One of my favorite resources
- Crayons/Map Colors– I buy an enormous amount during the Back to School sales
Of course, I am sure you could think of many other things that would be helpful, but these are the ones that were the most popular among the homeschool community.
If you are new to homeschooling or are on the fence, read How to Homeschool – 10 Steps! Also, don’t ruin your homeschool asI did with these 7 silly ways.
What are your favorite top homeschool items in your homeschool?
Jill, what a great list, this is our first year! I have many of the things on your list, thankfull already, I got a laminator last year and it ws packed away but just got it out… now to find the sleeves! lol! I borrow a friends labeler and need a globe and a couple other things but do have a map on the wall!
LOVE it!!! Thanks for linking up, too!
It is good to have a list, especially at such a busy time!…what a valuable help to those new in home-education. I love your blog!
Thank you, Jacqueline for your sweet words. And I love your blog, Deep Roots at Home!
What a great list! I think this is going to be really helpful for me when we start homeschooling.
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Great list, Jill! My two must haves are: library card and laminator! :)))
Loved your list. This is my first year to homeschool. Trying to figure out what is necessary can be daunting. Thanks for making it simple and affordable.
Don’t agree with a few of those but I love the suggestions for the rest. Thank you!
I just wish i could sign up for free homescholling