Want to make your homeschool day run a little smoother?
These are the homeschool products that have made my life as a homeschooling mom a little better. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference.
Large Magnetic Dry Erase Board-I could not get through the day without this thing. It hangs over our dining room table all year long. It may not be the most attractive thing to look at, but it makes instruction so much easier. Especially math and shared writing activities. When we’re sitting side-by-side at the table it can be hard for my son to see everything I’m writing. I bought this our first year and it has been a lifesaver.
Magnetic Handwriting Paper-I found this a couple of years ago and could not recommend it more to anyone who has a child that is in the early stages of writing. It’s a giant magnetic sheet of lined paper. Genius! It’s probably my favorite tool. It helps give your child a large view of letter formation during handwriting practice and makes shared writing activities a breeze!
Classic Kitchen Timer-You need one. Yes, you have the freedom to spend as long as you’d like on a topic, but the day gets away from you fast when you’re home. The timer helps me stay on track when I don’t want to spend longer than 15-20 minutes on an activity. I also use it for short breaks in between subjects.
Electric Pencil Sharpener -If a teacher has a pet peeve, I would put money on it being the amount of times her students get up to sharpen their pencils. I can’t live without a quality electric sharpener. It’s a must! I sharpen a good handful of pencils in the morning and we never make it through the day without needing to sharpen 400 more.
Portable Storage Bins–We don’t have a separate room for school and have to make the most of small spaces. Portable bins make gathering things up to move around the house (or elsewhere) easier and eliminate having huge piles of school stuff laying around everywhere. They make it easy for the kids to assist in keeping up with clean up and hide some of the clutter of homeschooling throughout the week. They also make it easy for me to organize the day’s agenda. Usually, what’s in the bin is our “to-do” pile.
A Cheap Bookshelf -I think I paid a whopping $40 for the cheapo bookshelf we have hiding in a hallway. It’s an eye sore, but a necessity. We store everything there! And it keeps “school” from exploding all over my house. You can’t see the shelf from the main area of the house and that makes my eyes happy. I’m the kind of person who can’t take a huge amount of clutter so having a place to hide things is a huge plus.
What are your must-have homeschool products?
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