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It’s back to school time you realize as you head through the grocery stores and see all the bins filled with school supplies on sale. Homeschooling moms need a cheat sheet to remember what they need for back-to-school in their own home school this year.
Some things I only purchase every other year. Others every ten or so years. Many things I purchase every August/September. At least I check on my supply and the functioning of my machines at the end of every summer.
Here is my list for the beginning of each year:
- Black & White Laser Toner Cartridges (and possibly BW Laser Printer)
- Color Laser Toner Cartridges (and possibly Color Laser Printer)
- Laminator Paper (and possibly Laminator)
- Washable Markers
- Glue Sticks
- Colored Pencils
- Electric Pencil Sharpeners (someone always sticks a crayon in during the summer)
- Notebook Paper
- Folders (in different colors)
- Graph Paper
- Construction Paper
- Globe (one time purchase for the most part)
- USA Map
- World Map
- Index Cards
- 3-Hole Punch
- 1-Hold Punch
- Tape Measure
- White Board (one time purchase usually)
- Dry Erase Markers (Stock up!)
- Dry Erase Eraser
- Dry Erase Sleeves
The Zebra Ballpoint Pens are my favorite! The rubberized grip keeps my fingers from hurting when I’m doing a lot of writing. I buy a few packs at the beginning of the year. Purchase 18 Pack Zebra Ballpoint Pens at Amazon.
We love to color through all the grades. Younger grades mean color page and Middle/High school means Anatomy & Physiology coloring or Fine Art Masterpieces coloring books. Either way–crayola is my favorite and I love the big boxes. Guess what? Now they are washable! Wow! Purchase the 2-pack Crayola 64-count Washable Crayons at Amazon.
Black & White Laser Printer
I find laser printers invaluable. I have two laser printers because color cartridges are so expensive, so I only use the color printer when I have to.
Now I have a HP Laser Jet that I purchased almost 20 years ago at a Black Friday Sale. It still works great! However, I know I will have to replace it soon. This is the new black and white laser printer I’m looking at: Canon Imageclass All In One, Wireless, Mobile Ready Duplex Laser Printer. You can purchase the Canon Imageclass All In One, Wireless, Mobile Ready Duplex Laser Printer at Amazon.
Laser Printer Toner
Grab Toner cartridges for your printer at Amazon, too.
Color Laser Printer
It is so much cheaper to print in color with a laser printer! And all of those adorable eBooks just have to be printed in color, right? Purchase this Canon All-in-One Wireless Color Laser Printer at Amazon.
Color Toner Cartridges
We use tons of printer paper for the laser printer, especially with all the eBooks I purchase! I like to stock up in August.
I use high-quality paper to print things in color and special pages from eBooks. I also use them when we make cards, print craft templates, or other special things. Other than that I use copy paper. So, I keep copy paper in my BW Laser Printer, but nice paper in the color printer because I’m very careful how much I use it! (color cartridges are expensive!)
This laminator is perfect for the homeschool mom! The Lamtetur Laminator Machine has a quick 2-3 minute warm up with ready indicator light and set up to avoid paper jam. Fast laminating speed to boost your efficiency. Protect and Preserve valued keepsakes or use them to make printables last longer. Comes with a pack of 70 laminator sheets.
I love sharpies for labeling folders and notebooks, but I have to keep them out of reach of little ones. My children always seemed to want to suck on them. Yuck!
Stapler & Staples
This set has a stapler, staples, and a staple remover. I use paper clips more than staples for papers–easier to grade, but I use staples for little booklets the kids make. Purchase this Stapler Set at Amazon.
Electric Pencil Sharpener
I always buy the folders with prongs and pockets. For each class I put their assignments in the prongs and they leave writing papers inside the pocket for me to grade. You can use different colors for each child or different colors for each subject. I write the name of child and subject on the front of each folder. Purchase this Oxford Folder Set of Assorted Colors at Amazon.
I like these notebooks better than the wire-bound–it avoids all those small pieces of paper when they tear pages out. These lined notebooks are also fun to decorate with doodling. Purchase this 12-Pack Composition Notebook at Amazon.
This is a cute, colorful wall map of the USA. It has the state name and capital for the whole country. Purchase the USA Wall Map at Amazon.
I use my 3-hole punch for papers and my 1-hole punch for crafts. This is an old-fashioned one like the one I grew up with. You can also get 1-hole punches that make heart or star holes. Super cute! I like this old-fashioned one, though, and it’s cheap! Purchase this 1-Hole Punch at Amazon.
Dry Erase Markers
Dry Erase Eraser
This are so nifty! You put a worksheet inside the sleeve and let the kids use a dry-erase marker to do the worksheet. Clean it off when you are done and you can use the worksheet (and the sleeve) over and over again. Purchase Dry-Erase Sleeve at Amazon.
I have some fun memories of homeschooling with a compass–especially when we were studying Lewis and Clark’s Expedition and how they used dead reckoning and their dependable compass. Not a “must-have” but certainly a fun addition to homeschooling! Purchase this Compass at Amazon.
Not only does this compass magnify 30X but it has an LED light. If you only get one scientific “tool”, get a magnifying glass. It is so fun to look at bugs, leaves, and dirt through a magnifying glass and of course, you can burn paper! 🙂 Purchase this Magnifying Glass at Amazon.
We always seem to need construction paper so I keep a huge supply. Purchase Bright Construction Paper Smart Pack Multi Colors Variety Pack at Amazon.
Rubber bands are great for keeping rolled art projects in place and tying together a package of anything opened in the wrong place. You know what I mean! Purchase Rubber Bands in Assorted Sizes at Amazon.
I love this paper clip set that includes different sizes, clips, and rubber bands–all in cheery colors! If you buy this set, you don’t need to purchase the rubber bands above. Purchase the Colored Office Clip Set at Amazon.
These are less messy than normal charcoal which coats your hands with smudge. Purchase charcoal drawing pencils at Amazon.
This is the backpack I use to travel (as my carry-on) and I love it! It’s also great for attending homeschool co-ops or for the children to use. I love that it has wheels! Children may want cuter ones, so look around, but you may want your own backpack, too! Purchase the Holly Home 19″ Laptop Backpack at Amazon.
I used an old-fashioned calendar back in the day, but I love the way my friend Patties uses a dry-erase calendar. This is one of my favorites! Purchase this Dry-Erase Magnetic 3 in1 Calendar Set at Amazon.
I hope this helps you in your back-to-school shopping! Until next time, Happy Homeschooling