(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).
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.