Hey there, homeschooling moms! As the new school year approaches, it’s time to gear up for another exciting journey of learning and growth. Whether you’re a seasoned homeschooling pro or diving into it for the first time, having the right supplies can make all the difference in creating a smooth and enjoyable experience for both you and your kids. From practical tools that streamline your teaching efforts to a touch of frivolity that adds fun to the mix, here are 10 essential back-to-homeschool supplies for moms!
Keep your homeschooling schedule, lessons, and activities organized with a dedicated planner. This tool will be your trusty sidekick, helping you stay on top of your plans and ensuring a structured learning routine for your children. I’ve loved Franklin Planners and Full Focus Planners over the years, but I always come back to a Bullet Journal that I can create myself.
Be sure to invest in simple planners for each kiddo and schedule in time to use them together! You can read about how we used planners to teach Executive Functioning Skills Here. Or listen to the podcast here.
A reliable printer is a must-have for homeschooling. From printing worksheets and lesson plans to creating educational materials, having a printer that can handle the workload is a game-changer. If you live way out of town, like we do, be sure to stock up on back up printers ink! And if you can afford the expense and space, a laminator can be super helpful, too.
Since you’ll be spending a significant amount of time teaching and guiding your kids, invest in a comfortable chair or cushion that supports your posture. Comfortable seating can go a long way in making your homeschooling sessions enjoyable. I splurged on a luxury office chair- game-changer! And of course, having a comfortable area for your morning meeting or at your learning centers contributes to the overall atmosphere!
Educational Games and Puzzles
Learning doesn’t always have to happen through textbooks. Stock up on educational games and puzzles that add an element of playfulness to lessons. These tools can help reinforce concepts in an engaging and interactive way. We built these 6 cube bookshelves to store our board games and puzzles in.
Whiteboard or Chalkboard
Having a designated area for visual aids can be immensely helpful. A whiteboard or chalkboard allows you to illustrate concepts, solve problems, and involve your kids in interactive learning sessions. We had a large whiteboard on our dining room walls for years and I would set it up over the weekend with weekly memory work and important notes. Initially time consuming, it helped organize our week and kept everyone on track.
Digital Resources Subscription
Online resources and educational platforms can provide a wealth of supplementary materials, from virtual field trips to interactive lessons. Consider investing in a subscription to a reputable platform that aligns with your curriculum. Make sure you have a place to keep logins and links to save time and limit frustration re-setting passwords!
If you’re working in a bustling household, noise-canceling headphones can be a sanity-saver. They help create a focused learning environment, allowing both you and your kids to concentrate without distractions. At some points in our homeschooling journey, we’d have 4 people at a time on various computers and devices. Since we had a rule that we’d all be in public spaces when working on the computer, it could be tricky. We like Logitech headphones– inexpensive and effective!
Inspirational Art and Decor
Spruce up your homeschooling space with motivational art and decor. Inspirational quotes, colorful visuals, and decorative elements can contribute to a positive and inspiring atmosphere for learning. We love maps and invest in a large world map for easy reference. We also had a large white board hanging in our dining room, and a place to hang timeline cards. We also invested in some original art that inspires and delights us!
Aromatherapy Diffuser or Scented Candles
Infuse your teaching space with calming scents using an aromatherapy diffuser. Essential oils like lavender and citrus can help reduce stress and create a serene environment that enhances concentration. We love scented candles, too, like this massive, layered candle (we joke that one of our kids will inherit it because it is massive and burns slowly- but oh, it smells amazing)! Word to the wise, choosing a Snickerdoodle Cookies Candle is going to up everyone’s craving for snickerdoodle cookies, and choosing the vanilla scented candle might just inspire to you to make a quick run out for a vanilla latte. Just sayin’!
Personal Treats & Self Care
Don’t forget to pamper yourself! Contribute to you own TBR pile of books, keep a stash of your favorite snacks, a cozy blanket, or a cup of your preferred beverage within arm’s reach. And be sure to schedule a daily walk or snag a membership to your local gym. These small indulgences can provide moments of relaxation during busy teaching sessions. Because, let’s face it, homeschooling is a job! An amazing, wonderful job, but a job, nonetheless.
Remember, homeschooling is a journey that involves both dedication and creativity. By equipping yourself with the right tools, you’re setting the stage for a successful and enjoyable learning experience for your children and yourself. So, go ahead and strike a balance between practicality and a touch of frivolity as you prepare for the upcoming homeschooling adventure! It’s going to be a great year!
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