Homeschool Supply Checklist

So, what do you need to homeschool, anyway? Well, there are plenty of things that help and make the process more dynamic, but if I had to list the essentials I would say:

  1. Quality time – patience, enthusiasm, curiosity, love, a hearty sense of humor, and all the things put into enjoying an experience with someone.
  2. Basic supplies – paper, pens, scissors, tape, etc. You can make a lot with a little.
  3. Access to resources – a good library, nature space, museums, and other ways to deepen understanding and appreciation of what is being learned, as well as those that help navigate the role of teaching.

What else is nice to throw in the mix? It doesn’t all have to be there on day one, but offhand – and in no particular order – it is a plus to have:

  • Games – dice, dominoes, cards, board games, puzzles, puzzle books, etc
  • Books – a home library, reference materials (like dictionaries), cookbooks, manuals, etc
  • Art materials – markers, paints (watercolor, acrylic), crayons, colored pencils, chalk, canvas, etc
  • Sensory/tactile materials – clay, playdough, sand, etc
  • Pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers, white out, sharpeners
  • Notebooks, binders, folders, paper (blank, ruled, graph), index cards
  • Bins, baskets, organizers, etc
  • Scissors, glue, hole punch, stapler, tape, pins, clips, etc
  • Ruler, compass, protractor, calculator, abacus, etc
  • Maps, atlas, globe
  • Crafting materials (felt, foam, paper bags, popsicle sticks, ribbon, etc)
  • White board, corkboard, dry erase markers, magnets, pushpins
  • Loose parts – blocks, wood, rope, spare parts, construction materials, etc
  • Microscope, telescope, binoculars, magnifying glass
  • Basic tools – hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, wrench, tape measure, etc
  • Needles (sewing, knitting, crochet), fabric, yarn, thread, buttons, etc
  • Cooking supplies – measuring cups, bowls, utensils, food coloring, etc
  • Clock (analog, digital), calendar (standard, perpetual), etc
  • Terrarium, aquarium, cage, etc
  • Thermometer, barometer, rain gauge, etc
  • Nature items – identification guides, survival/orienteering guides, compass, etc
  • Sunscreen, bug spray, etc
  • Camera
  • Imaginative items – dress up clothes, props, etc
  • Musical instruments, sheet music, etc
  • Computer, printer, scanner, laminator, etc
  • Gardening supplies – gloves, shovel, seeds, etc



Who am I? Foremost, the lucky momma of an amazing boy. To be perfectly honest, I am less his teacher than he is my inspiration - I have learned at least as much from him in the last eight years as he has from me. I am an old-timer at heart; I'd rather live on a farm, garden, crochet, and raise my kid out in the sun than anything else. I'm a bit of a technological dinosaur, more geared toward life where you can get your hands dirty and have some fun exploring, learning, and growing. I'm a homeschooled, homeschooling single parent with a passion for my son, nature, and the simple life. I am not here to pretend I know it all or lay out the research or provide a step-by-step game plan. I hope to encourage and inspire families to join in the journey of learning together - and have the fun that life is supposed to be made of along the way. Happy exploring!

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