Best School Supply List for Homeschool Parents

It's back-to-school time and stores everywhere are promoting their merchandise as stuff your kids can't supposedly live without. From backpacks and jeans to notebooks and electronic gadgets, the retail industry clamors for parents to buy, but what do you really need? After polling several homeschool groups on AOP's social media, we've compiled the best school supply list for homeschool parents!

3-hole puncher
3-ring binders
Art smock (an old, oversized shirt put on backwards works great)
Art supplies
Backpacks - (perfect for field trips or on-the-go studying)
Beads, magnets, and other math manipulatives
Bible and concordance
Bookshelves - (you never have enough)
Calculator - (multi functional for older students)
Clear adhesive tape
Clipboards - (for all those learning moments on the couch)
Colored construction paper and tag board
Computer and printer/ink cartridges
Craft table - (it beats having to clean off the kitchen table when you want to eat)
Craft supplies
Dictionary and thesaurus
Digital camera - (record all those precious learning moments)
Drawing paper
Dry-erase board, markers, and eraser (not as messy as chalk)
Electric pencil sharpener and pencils
Erasable year at-a-glance wall calendar
Flash cards
Games (traditional and educational)
Globe and atlases
Glue/glue sticks
Graph paper
Heavy-duty stapler and staples
Index cards
Journal and composition notebooks
Lesson planner notebook or software
Lined penmanship paper (elementary students)
Markers, highlighters, colored pencils, and crayons
Multi-drawer storage containers (store daily to-do lessons or completed work)
Notebook paper
Paint and brushes
Pencil boxes
Penmanship letter charts
Post its
Report binders
Scratch paper
Sports equipment
Timeline charts

More enthusiasm for your homeschool year can also be created by shopping together with your children and letting them pick out their own supplies. Also, remember to buy reward stickers and other items that encourage your children in their daily work. Most importantly, work within your homeschooling budget and don't let yourself get caught in the hype to buy unnecessary school supply items.

What can't you live without as a homeschooling parent? Take a moment and share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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LISA N 08/02/2012 09:04:09

Gotta have an encyclopedia. I'm so old school when it comes to real down to Earth research.

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