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Home school must haves ?

Posted by on Aug. 6, 2011 at 12:33 AM
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Ok so I want to do things right this time and make them work and have everyone happy. What are some "MUST HAVES" for home educating ? I will be doing pre-k this year I am thinking more along the lines of book shelves,desk, organizers ect .. things like that not curriculum type stuff.

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by on Aug. 6, 2011 at 12:53 AM

 Bookcases, computers, maps, globe, notebooks, lots of pencils...........lots of used books...

by on Aug. 6, 2011 at 1:00 AM
Bookcases and books are a must, everything else are good ideas. Computer, globe, maps, dry erase board, binders, boxes/bins, filing cabinet. Um I am sure other things will come to me.
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by on Aug. 6, 2011 at 7:58 AM
Paper, construction paper, blunt scissors, glue, crayons, paint, markers, pencil boxes to organize supplies...
Fun stuff
Lacing beads and shoe strings, Popsicle sticks, memory game, counting bears, multi colored blocks to build with/count/sort, alphabet you can put on the wall (make your own if you have a cricut, or even if you don't! I bought mine for $1 on clearance at staples), a laminator is definitely not necessary but is nice to have!
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by on Aug. 6, 2011 at 8:04 AM

Storage boxes (plastic tubs) to keep all the "stuff" together-labeled. It's nice to just go grab one thing instead of pawing through everything trying to find what you need.

by on Aug. 6, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Anything artsy!  Crayons, Markers, Paper, Glue, Scissors, chalk, pencils, you name it!   I agree a dry erase board is a must too!!!  Anything they can create with!  Then of course the usual bookshelves, storage continers, places to keep whatever curriculum you have purchased.  And I'm guessing you already have a computer, I couldn't homeschool without one!!! :)  I think the must haves are prob different for each person :)

by on Aug. 6, 2011 at 11:34 AM

 file cabinet! book shelves! a nice comfy couch! chalk board

by on Aug. 6, 2011 at 12:52 PM

 Shelves to put all the stuff. An old dresser works well too. I just bought 2 cheapo 6ft tall bookshelfs for $25each. (it was a sale). I love my dry erase things. I have a giant board, lots of the markers and several dry erase books like math, letters, shapes, games.

For preschool I would have lots of learning toys. Leap Frog things are great, blocks, dress up, playdough, sandbox, and endless crafty supplies.

OH they recommend book covers be seen by young children to help encourage them to read, so some way of displaying that.

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by on Aug. 6, 2011 at 1:04 PM

a battery operated pencil sharpener.  I bought one 2 years ago.. we take it with us in the backpack when we go places. 

by on Aug. 6, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Cool thanks so much ladies. !!!

by on Aug. 6, 2011 at 10:42 PM

I took a few minutes to think about your question and asked my girls what they thought, we looked around the classroom and this is what we came up with. My girls are in third & fourth grade. Not sure if any of this applies to you but I hope it helps.

large white board - It's a wonderful teaching tool as well as tons of fun for my girls. Both of my girls and my husband agreed it is the tool we use the most.

small white boards - we all use them and I couldn't imagine not having them

our large table - both of my girls have their own desks and I have my own. They all used to be in the classroom along with our big table (it's around 5' x 2'). Last year the girls spent almost no time at their desks and all their time at the table so we moved their desks into their rooms to allow them a space for quiet study time and just kept the big table in the classroom.

dry-erase flashcards - my girls love creating their own cards and we use them for not only math but spelling and vocabulary..really just about anything they need to study for.

*For all our dry-erase surfaces we have a collection of many different colored markers and crayons that we use. We use a basket that is screwed to the wall to hold them and the erasers. We have three regular erasers and a hand one. To care for the boards we use the dry-erase cleaners spray and a soft cloth.

bookshelves & old entertainment center - we have three bookshelves in our classroom and a large old wooden entertainment center. The entertainment center has created cubbies for my girls as well as myself. They hold their odds & inns for their subjects as well as extra supplies for the classroom.

camcorder - okay, I know not everyone is going to need this and if they have one they don't use it but we use it all the time. The girls love to use it to record their daily lives and this year are talking about having their very own news station. It also allows daddy to see what we are doing all day which he loves.

web cam - we use this as a tool for my girls to not only video chat with family and friends but it is pretty awesome for them to have video pals right along with their pen-pals. Also, they attend a virtual school so it is awesome when they are speaking with their "teacher".

My core secrets ball - This ball is mine and I use it a great deal when I am at my desk. It helps my back and helps work my abs while I am sitting. What I didn't expect it to do was help my girls too. My eldest daughter has ADHD and this ball is a miracle for her. She sits in it while she is doing bookwork or studying and the constant motion helps keep her from being distracted for longer periods of time. It's awesome!

stereo/iTunes - We have both but use the iTunes the most. It's nice to be able to play mood music or listen to a podcast or audio book.

three drawer plastic organizers - we created our arts & crafts center around two of these. They hold all of our craft supplies (or most of them anyway). We use a shower caddy for our brushes, sponges and old ceramic mugs.

I'm sorry if all of this was way off but as we looked around and thought about our everyday these were the things that came up. There is more but I figured this list was already too long. I hope we helped!

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