Homeschooling can be intimidating when you don’t know where to start, but having the right homeschool supply list can get you started on the right track. Whether you’re buying a curriculum for your kids or making your own, you have to have these basic necessities around.
This homeschool supply list focuses on lower level grades but most of the basic supplies listed are necessary for any grade level. You also don’t need every activity and game on this list. You know your kids and how they learn best so pick and choose which tools you think would be most beneficial to them.
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Computer ~ you don’t need anything super expensive or fancy. Just something simple to print worksheets or research different lesson plans. I bought this computer for my husband last year and it’s a really great computer for not a lot of money.
Printer ~ this is a great basic printer for copying, scanning, faxing, and wireless printing.
Laminator ~ laminators are a must to keep all those nice projects you worked so hard on from getting ruined because let’s face it, small children are fantastic are ripping, tearing, crumpling, and chewing paper.
Laminating Pouches ~ you won’t be doing much laminating without these.
Dry Erase White Board ~ is a great tool to use for you to teach from or for kids to write on for different activities.
3 Hole Punch ~ good to have around for organizations sake.
Pencils ~ I like the thicker pencils for the kids little hands.
Electric Pencil Sharpener ~ kids press way too hard when learning to write so there will be tons and tons of broken pencil tips.
Calendar & Weather Pocket Chart ~ a super fun and easy visual tool for teaching kids days of the week and weather.
Flash Cards ~ these are super handy to have around for different activities and games.
Dry Erase Pockets ~ I love using these for printed worksheets because Oliver really likes using the dry erase markers. I really like only having to print a sheet once then being able to reuse it as much as I want.
Rolling Storage Cart ~ I love my school cart and think it’s the best way to organize school supplies. You can even use a label maker to label all the drawers.
Adjustable Bookcase ~ this bookcase is perfect for organizing books but also to throw a few storage bins in to store smaller supplies.
Storage Bins ~ to use for the bookcase or even just to have around for extra storage.
24 Pocket Project Organizer ~ great for organizing lesson plans or different projects.
6 Pocket File Folders ~ another handy organizing tool for separating each subject.
Create-a-Space Storage Center ~ this is my favorite for keeping our craft supplies clean and in order.
Hands On Tools
Interactive Alphabet Poster ~ this is a great way to practice letters outside of a workbook to help break up desk work for smaller kids.
MathLink Cubes ~ a fun way to practice counting and keep those little fingers busy at the same time.
Magnetic Alphabet Letters ~ another offbeat way to practice letters that is a little more engaging than just tracing in a book.
Time Activity Set ~ I really like all the different activities this set includes to teach time to help kids understand it better.
Easy Words Puzzle ~ these sight word puzzles are great for quiet time activities.
Matching Letter Game ~ this is another great quiet time activity to help kids practice putting letters together to build words.
Counting Bears ~ I love these bears to teach my littlest colors while at the same time my oldest can practice counting and patterns with them.
Frog Balance Counting Toy ~ an awesome and fun activity to help teach kids counting up to ten.
Pattern Blocks Set ~ this is a good tool to use to help kids learn shapes and symmetry.
6-Sided Dice ~ dice are great to have around to use for counting activities or to make up fun math games.
Sight Word Flashcards ~ these flashcards are awesome for reviewing sight words or you can even make up different games to make it more engaging. They go all the way from Pre-K to grade 3 so you can use them for years.
Swat a Sight Word Game ~ another great way to practice sight words.
Alphabet Go Fish ~ everyone loves go fish so why not make it educational at the same time.
Zingo ~ this is one of Oliver’s favorite games to play. It’s great for getting kids started with recognizing simple sight words.
Phonics Dominoes ~ I love this game for sounding out different words
Sum Swamp ~ a fun game to help teach simple math concepts.
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Awesome Science Experiments for Kids ~ science was my least favorite subject in school so I was not looking forward to having to teach it to my kids, but this book makes it so easy and fun.
100 Write-and-Learn Sight Word Practice Pages ~ after your kids have had some practice learning simple sight words, this is a good book to help them start learning how to write them out.
The 3 Minute Gratitude Journal for Kids ~ this year I decided to start every school day with this book. I want to get the kids in the habit of being grateful for everything while they’re little so it’s something they’ll always do as they get older.
Scissor Skills Preschool Workbook for Kids ~ what kids doesn’t love to cut paper into tiny pieces? Plus it’s a great way to strengthen your kids fine motor skills.
Learn to Write Line Tracing Workbook ~ this book helped Oliver with his pen control so much, it’s a must have for any preschooler learning to write.
The Outdoor Toddler Activity Book ~ this is one of my favorite books because it gives me so many different outdoor activities to help the kids learn about nature that I never would’ve thought to do on my own. It’s also a great way to break up the day and get everyone outside for awhile.