My Top 10 Must Have Homeschool Items

so you call yourself a homeschooler?The following is a post from contributing writer Carlie who blogs over at  So You Call Yourself A Homeschooler?


Our Library Card
Pretty self explanatory. I am grateful to whomever it is that established the first ever library. There is disputes about who gets this credit, but some believe that the Romans would leave behind scrolls in their bathhouses for others to read – thus establishing the first “modern” library system we know of. But the debate is certainly not conclusive. But thank you – who ever you are!


What would I do without her? This has saved me countless dollars in curriculum costs as I can purchase or create something that I am able to print off the computer and then laminate then reuse for different children. A life saver!
Scotch Thermal Laminator 15.5 Inches x 6.75 Inches x 3.75 Inches, 2 Roller System (TL901)
Workbox Organizational System
It is simply consists of a few Mobile Storage Carts that house all of the children assignments, supplies, and most of their school books. What doesn’t go in the workbox system goes directly on to the book shelf. It has been a life saver these past 8 years of homeschooling.
Mobile Storage Cart 15 Drawer Multi

School/Office supplies
Just your basics: pencils, pencil sharpeners, 3-hole punch, paper, binders.

A Computer

Seriously, where would I be without my beloved 27″ iMac that hubby blessed me with on my birthday two years ago? This fine piece of machinery helps me keep the scheduling, researching, organizing, blogging, and everything else in between together. Thank you Jesus for computers :)

We Choose Virtues Character Training Curriculum
I am always raving about how much this curriculum has changed the atmosphere of our homeschool and entire household. You can read a recent article I posted on the Homeschool Classroom {The Importance of Character Education in Your Homeschool} that goes more in depth as to why we love this resource.


Kindle Keyboard
This has saved us time, money (as we get loads of free Kindle Ebooks), and space while traveling. It houses several different versions of our #1 most valuable homeschooling resource on it as well: THE BIBLE. Although we have many real life Bibles, I am grateful that the Kindle allows us to take 15+ versions with us where ever we go.

Must Have Homeschool Item

Lexmark Wireless Printer/Scanner/Copier

This has been a life saver for me in so many situations. From printing out free worksheets to making up my own assignments for the children, I am not sure that my homeschool would have functioned so well without this blessed piece of equipment!
Lexmark Pro915 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax

Many-a-recent-homeschool days would have never come to pass without this amazing beverage producer. Although I am a new coffee drinker, I am totally in love with the single-cup coffee maker that we purchased at the beginning of this year!
Keurig B60 Special Edition Gourmet Single-Cup Home-Brewing System

Our DSLR Camera

This has helped us complete research, document various experiments, capture fun field trips, and countless other memories. For us, this has become a must have item and we are grateful for the technology!
Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18 MP CMOS APS-C Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD

When Carlie is not teaching her beautiful children, she can be found spilling the beans about family, faith, frugality, homeschooling, military life, cooking, living in Europe, and lots more at her blog: So You Call Yourself A Homeschooler?


This post is part of the iHomeschool Network 10 in 10 series. It is also linked to Top Ten Tuesday at Many Little Blessings.
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  1. says

    I don’t have the space for a laminator, so I use the “self-laminating” sheets. They’re a little bigger than an 8.5×11 sheet of paper so you get the edging on it – lay your paper on one sheet, and smooth another sheet on the other side – voila! Done! Or you could use a roll of clear contact paper from the kitchen section of Walmart, but that’s a little harder to work with because it won’t lay flat very well. Either way gets the job done without having to make space for another machine.

    • says

      I totally hear you about the space that machines can take up! We currently live in Germany and to laminate anything is extremely expensive, so for us, this was the way to go. I miss Walmart and so many other American stores like crazy! Although I am enjoying Germany, I can’t wait until we are stateside again :) Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. says

    Great list. I would have loved to have a laminating machine when my kids were younger, especially for flash cards and notebook reference sheets. Would have given them a longer life for sure. Thanks for sharing. Be Blessed.

  3. says

    Good post! It inspired me to try and come up with my own list. I agree with most of the items on your list (tweaked to match what I own of course). I think I would have to add my cell phone. I’ve come across so many wonderful books while visiting friends or at the bookstore. I love being able to scan the barcode and add it to my wishlist on Amazon. I always go through my wishlist before heading out to the library.

  4. says

    We use a similar workbox system and I would be lost without it. I read your post on the character curriculum and am hoping to implement it in our homeschool next year.

  5. Rebecca says

    We have that very same laminator!!! LOVE your Keurig! I am really wanting a DSLR camera….do you have any good recommendations for a novice?

  6. says

    I can see that a wireless printer would be a valuable asset to homeschooling, particularly when a significant part of the curriculum is printable-based. Definitely worth considering!

  7. Anne Logan says

    Oddly enough we have pretty much the same, except we have more space. My husband has graciously permitted the schooling ‘territory’ to fill, in an orderly fashion, much of the house. However, we don’t own a laminating machine. To cover small items like cards etc. I simply use packing tap. It’s quick and rather inexpensive. LOVE my coffee machine. I would add – electric pencil sharpener, decent 3 hole punch, and a paper cutter.