If you’re like me, there are those favorite homeschool items you just can’t live without. Well, I can live without them but I definitely don’t want to homeschool without them. These things make my life easier as a homeschooling mother and make school more fun for my little people.
Here are my top 10 favorite homeschool must-haves in no particular order:
All pencils are not the same and you will get you what you pay for when it comes to pencils. I prefer Ticonderoga pencils, preferably in black. They sharpen so easily that it just makes my heart sing. I know that’s dorky, but I really do love them.
Which leads me to my next favorite item…
Our Electric Pencil Sharpener
You know how you have those small kitchen appliances that make you so happy to use (crockpot!)? In the schoolroom, one of my favorite “appliances” is our electric pencil sharpener.
After many sharpenings of my beloved Ticonderogas, our sharpener is still going strong after 2 years of moderate use. I researched electric pencil sharpeners fairly well before buying one, and this one got fairly good reviews. I’ve been most pleased with it thus far.
Our 8-Foot White Board
Yes, you read correctly in that it is 8 feet long. I know that makes some of your cringe and thrills others of you! Purchasing that big board was one of our first homeschool decisions and in my opinion, it’s been one of our best.
If you’re going to splurge on a white board, make sure you get one that is also magnetized. I thought that wouldn’t be an important feature for me, but we’ve used magnets on it countless times.
My laminating machine and I are bosom buddies. I love that thing! I purchased our machine at Wal-mart for about $28 and it has held up remarkably well, despite my moderate-heavy use.
Just FYI – the cheapest place to find 8.5 x 11” laminating pouches is at BJ’s. They offer 50 pouches for only $6.99. That’s a steal compared to Wal-Mart’s price of 50 pouches for $13.99.
Our Plethora of Construction Paper
Construction paper, like pencils (see above), is another item where you get what you pay for. While I’m okay with the cheap-y, cheap construction paper at Wal-Mart for some projects, there are some crafts that deserve a higher quality of paper. I found a wonderful vendor last year at our NC homeschool conference that sold various colored construction paper in bundles.
And I bought a lot.
If you really knew how much I had purchased, you’d be surprised at the amount I bought from the same vendor at Teach Them Diligently this past March. I literally jumped for joy when I saw that they were at the conference and I could score some more of their top-quality construction paper. It’s the little things, right?
I wish I knew the vendor so I could link to them!
I know that Do-A-Dot Markers seem like an odd must-have homeschool item. But it would make perfect sense if you could see the Crazy Town that is our homeschool some days. A 3 year old and 18 month old tend to keep things lively around here. Do-A-Dots are one of those activities that quieten them down and will keep them entertained for about 30 minutes. And that 30 minutes is precious time to this Mama!
I’m not sure I could homeschool without my laptop. It’s how I research curriculum, purchase and then download curriculum, buy books, keep track of our lesson plans, find new-to-me ideas, organize my homeschool ideas and thoughts (in OneNote), and create printables for my little people.
I could homeschool without it, but it would be tough!
Our Amazon Prime Membership
Yes, I did mention Amazon Prime in my last Top 10 post, but I thought it should be mentioned again since this is my Top 10 List of Favorite Homeschooling Items. I order something from Amazon Prime every couple of weeks, so it’s an integral part of obtaining the materials we use in our daily school.
My Coffee Pot
Yes, my coffee pot. Just keepin’ it real.
What are your must-have homeschooling items? Do tell!
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