If you’re a new homeschooling mom and you’re trying to figure out where to start with supplying your homeschool, I’ve created this list of the 7 items I consider to be must-haves in your homeschool room. Of course every family is different, but these are the items we use most.
7 Essential Homeschool Supplies
Laminator – When you first get your laminator you will go crazy laminating everything, it’s just fun. Eventually you will slow down but you will still use it regularly. I am continually surprised how much I use it still – daily checklists, to make worksheets reusable, making small wall posters more durable, for playdough mats, etc… You can get by without one..but I wouldn’t want to!
Dry Erase/Chalkboard – Either or both. We have an easel that has one on each side that the kids use for everything from art to spelling practice and everything in between. We also have one hanging behind my head where I can write the date, a daily quote or Bible verse, spelling words, and more.
Printer/Copier – Even if you have chosen a boxed curriculum you will find often that you want to print extra worksheets, coloring pages, and other items. It is really more cost effective to print at home than to run to the office supply store every week to print or copy. While I occasionally do print in color, whenever possible I print in black and white in draft mode which conserves a lot of ink. I also take advantage of refillable ink cartridges on Amazon, this saves me 50% or more branded ones.
Bookshelf – Even a small 3 shelf is better than none. You will need something to catch the overflow of books and paperwork and in this case bigger is definitely better. Shelved school books are so much easier to find than piles.
Electric Pencil Sharpener – Pencils break in the course of a day, sometimes a lot and it’s not just the kids. An electric pencil sharpener makes quick work of broken pencils and saves time.
3 Hole Punch – The best way to corral loose papers and keep them organized is with a 3 hole punch. At the end of the week I gather up all the papers I have kept in a file folder, hole punch them and place them in a 4” binder that I will thin out at the end of the year and use as part of our portfolio.
Baskets – I have a deep and real love for baskets of all sorts and sizes. They are the quickest way to contain a mess and make your space feel neater. Of course when your space is organized it is so much easier to find whatever you need and it lends a more peaceful feeling to your room when everything is not scattered about. You can keep flashcards, games, art supplies, manipulatives, and other items tucked away in baskets on shelves, on the floor, and around the rest of the house.
What do you consider essential homeschool supplies?