My Top Ten Must Have Items for Homeschooling

(I’m spending ten weeks writing about homeschooling topics, along with other members of iHomeschool Network, during the Top Ten Tuesdays.  For you non-homeschoolers, don’t worry – I promise to skip homeschooling topics for a while after this ten week series is done.)

My Top Ten Must Have Items for Homeschooling

God’s Grace – This goes without saying, right?  It’s a big counter cultural commitment to decide to keep your children home for school.  We need a whole lot of God’s Grace every day.

Computer – We do so many things on the computer every day!  The kids work on things like Teaching Textbooks, Mavis Beacon typing, and a variety of educational sites and games.

Internet – The kids love playing games, doing research, and just having some down time on the Internet.

For me, I find homeschooling ideas, resources (free and paid), and a plethora of places for support.

Library – We have some nice libraries near us, and I don’t know what we would do without them.  The kids go just about once a week and always come home with a new stack of books and videos.

Plus, I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t admit that it is always some quiet time at home, as that is an outing that Eric does with the kids (and it usually includes a small ice cream at McDonalds as well).

Homeschooling Group – Our homeschooling group offers us support and friendships for myself, the kids, and even my husband.  I don’t know how I would have gotten through our homeschooling journey without our homeschooling group.

Assignment Sheets – I write up an assignment sheet for each of the children for every school day, though I am considering moving this to assignment books for each child.  I like that, now that my kids are getting older, I can write down their assignments and they just know what to work on next (plus they love checking off things).

Dry Erase Board – Great thing to use when you want to save some paper!  We have a larger dry erase board, as well as small, individual boards for each of the children.

Tool Caddies (for organizing supplies) – This was what one of the kids suggested to add to the list.  Their Aunt Kristin decorated a tool turnabout for each of them to store their school supplies (like pencils, pens, colored pencils, scissors, etc.).  They each have their own tool caddy on their own shelf of our bookshelf that holds school supplies.  They love these tool caddies and having a space for their own small supplies.

(The caddy shown is from Kristin’s Etsy shop.  It’s not one of ours.)

A Dedicate Space for Homeschool Stuff – No matter how small it is, it’s just nice to have an area in your house at that is specifically for school materials.  At our house, because we don’t have a school room, that area is just a closet and a bookshelf.  However, it’s nice to know that there tends to be one area to look for things.

A Supportive Spouse – I know some people manage to homeschool without their extended families on board, but I just don’t know how it would be possible to successfully homeschool without your spouse being in agreement and supportive.


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Angie Kauffman
Angie, a domestically challenged nerd and mom of three very fun kids, is the founder of Real Life at Home.  Angie also listens to music every chance she gets, writes eBookspodcastsloves Pinterestdocuments the little moments in life on Instagram, and occasionally sleeps.


  1. says

    I’m nodding my head all through your list! Love it. And the supportive spouse is a huge, huge blessing. Especially if he steps in to help with math, science and more. Thanks for hosting Angie!

  2. says

    Fabulous list! We share a few of the same ‘must have’ things on our lists. Love the tool caddy. So cute. Thank you for hosting this. Be Blessed!

  3. says

    I forgot to include God’s grace on my list- but you are so right! Without it, anything we do would be worthless. Extra points for you!! :-)

  4. VJ says

    Sticky notes – I use sticky notes when one of my children needs to fix/correct/do something in one of their books. Once they completed the task they often write a love note or draw a cute picture on the note and stick it on my computer. It’s hard to through such little love notes away! I totally agree with the rest of the posted list, thanks so much for sharing it.

  5. says

    I appreciate you putting this together and getting all homeschoolers involved. I had a lot of fun putting mine together and completely agree with you when it comes to the supportive spouse and God’s Grace. Awesome list and Awesome idea! I just got back into blogging after a 4 year break so finding this community and top ten list has struck up my creative juices! Hope you had a fabulous day!

  6. says

    This is a great list. I was wary about opening it because I was afraid of the temptation to buy MORE stuff after I’ve just got done buying my homeschool books. But every item on your list surprised me and got me nodding my approval instead of discouraging me that I had to go out and buy one more thing. Thank you. It’s very encouraging. Oh by the way, now that I found your link up, I’m coming back and you are on my blogroll. I love the colors of your blog, too.