One thing about homeschooling is when you start out, it can be very stressful. Homeschooling is not the ‘easy way out’. A homeschool supply list is a great place to start but I have noticed they are few and far between.
I recently sat down with Walmart associates and discussed the idea of a homeschool supply list provided on their app and in stores for back to school. This might be something in the future. I think it would be genius to have just a basic list on hand in-store.
Until this happens, I have made up a very basic and simple homeschool supply list with some of the items we use in our homeschool routine.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
When first starting out in homeschooling, I want you to know that you do not have to go “all-out” in school supplies. I see some lists having you purchase nearly every back to school item possible and it can really create clutter.
Especially if you do not have a specific homeschool room.
Create a Study Space
One thing I do recommend is that even if you do not have a homeschool room, create a study space. You want to ensure that your kids and you have a place to keep all of your homeschool supplies, books, etc. and a nice workspace to use it all in.
This can be as simple as an area of your dining room or at your dining room table.
I personally like to keep small organization boxes filled with tools that my kids will need on a weekly basis near our dining room table so that they can grab them and place them on the table.
This also helps keep crayons, pencils, scissors, etc. all together.
We use a small whiteboard calendar and a simple clock in our dining room area to help learn the days of the week, months, and telling time. You, of course, can decorate more of an area depending on space and preference.
I do recommend a globe and/or a map be placed somewhere in your home. We use a basic “blow-up” globe that the kids love to toss back and forth and call out locations they know.
Homeschool Supply List
In this basic homeschool supply list, you will find some of the following items:
I recommend a wireless printer but any printer will do. You will be printing things to your heart’s content. Even if you use workbooks, there is always more to print.
I didn’t list a laminator this on the homeschool supply list you can download but it is worth a mention.
They are great for elementary-aged homeschool students to print letter sheets, math problem sheets, etc. so they can write with a dry erase and wipe off when finished.
Lesson Planner for Parents
This is an item I did not list in the supply list either since this is something I more recently recommend. Especially when you are working with multiple students.
Have a good lesson planner in hand. This helps you keep track of schedules and stay on-task which is very easy to fall off from when homeschooling. I know from experience.
Here are some of the lesson planners I personally recommend:
- Blue Sky Academic Year Teachers Weekly & Monthly Lesson Planner
- Schoolgirl Style – Hello Sunshine | Teacher Planner
- BIG Teacher Happy Planner®
Blank Index Cards
I like using blank index cards to write sight words on, math problems, etc. They are great for creating your own flashcards of any kind.
Whatever works for your home but I highly recommend staying as organized as possible. It makes it easier to tote things to where they are needed.
You might already have a computer in your home but laptops are great for being mobile. Especially if your child has courses online.
There are so many amazing science kits in stores now. I recommend having some on hand for that hands-on learning approach to science.
Other basic supplies can be found on the printable homeschool supply list. I hope this gives some direction and ideas to create your homeschool and home learning space.
Don’t become overwhelmed thinking you need an entire classroom space in order to homeschool. Do the best you can, have a dedicated space for things, and don’t be afraid to move the classroom outside.
Learning at home is fun. The best part is that most days we are all figuring this out as we go. It is all based on what works best for your family.