Every year as summer winds down, inspiration strikes me when I’m shopping at my favorite store. You know, the one with the hypnotizing bull’s-eye and all that inviting redness? When the water guns disappear and are replaced by colorful displays of glue, markers, and folders, I want to pull a school list from the end cap and start pitching notebooks into my cart. And the lunchboxes! I still fondly remember that red and black plaid one I had with its matching thermos…
My boys always roll their eyes when I suggest buying new backpacks and barrels of paste, then they remind me that we homeschool.
The Homeschool Supplies List
This year, I decided to make my own Not-Back-to-School Homeschool Supplies Shopping List:
- File folders for lapbooks! After ten years of homeschooling, I still don’t quite know for sure what a lapbook is or what it does, but at least we can keep our options open.
- New water bottles for park days, er — PE
- Rubber bands of various sizes for rubber band gun ammo. We could predict the velocity of the projectile as it ricochets off the wall.
- Miniature marshmallows and toothpicks to construct a DNA replica. Pinterest is calling my name!
- More LEGOs. Can you ever have enough? Hey, they can be used as math manipulatives or for constructing a Roman coliseum for history.
- An alarm clock…Aww, who am I kidding?
- Crickets, meal worms, frozen rodents, etc. for the homeschool classroom pets. It is important to keep weird stuff in the fridge, after all.
- New denim jumper for me and color coordinated button downs and khakis for the boys. New pajamas (see number 6).
- Films for teacher in-service days: The Notebook, Mission Impossible, Where the Wild Things Are, Back to the Future.
- Just for fun, new notebooks for everyone.
What’s on your homeschool supply list?