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Your Home Is Already a Homeschooling Supply Warehouse!

Posted by on May. 16, 2012 at 4:53 PM
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Your Home Is Already a Homeschooling

Supply Warehouse!

By Linda Dobson

homeschoolingWhen life and learning co-mingle as they do in homeschooling, you begin to look at the world differently. You realize every moment holds the potential to be a learning moment, every experience is a deposit in a knowledge bank, and every “thing” can contribute to the education of your child.

To help you see resources through the eyes of a homeschooling parent – and to save you money! - I once questioned homeschooling moms of “early years” children: “What items do you have in your home which you consider invaluable for homeschooling?” I expected an array of answers and, boy, did I get it! Here, for maybe the first time in homeschooling history, homeschooling parents reveal to the world their most highly regarded resources. Now you, too, possess knowledge of the heretofore secret educational resources for early years children!

Household Items as Homeschooling Supplies Already On Hand

Library card

Newspaper subscription

Craft magazines

Ruler

Car

Money and coins

Piano and other musical instruments

DVD player and DVDs

CD player and CDs

TV

Glue

Magnifying glass

Needle and thread, fabric

Radio

Chess set

Scissors

Cookbooks

Box of “useful things” – string, paper clips, rubber bands…

Lots of assorted paper, for writing and creating

Calendar

Camera

Clock

Gardening tools

Masking tape

Toolbox

Tape measure

Scotch tape

Binoculars

Atlas

Museum Memberships

First-aid kit

People as Homeschooling Aids Already On Hand

Parents

Grandparents

Friends

Children’s best friends

Interesting, creative people in the neighborhood

Pets, including dogs, cats, and horses (Give me some leeway here; our pets were always treated like people.)

Places as Homeschooling Aids Already On Hand

Entire kitchen

Greater community

Backyard plants and dirt

Workshoop

Garage

Things You Thought Were Just Toys are

Homeschooling Aids Already On Hand

Tinker toys

Yahtzee, Monopoly, Clue, Scrabble, Mancala, Life

Labyrinth

Blocks

Deck of cards

Dice

Dress-up trunk

Legos

Shovels and pails

Colored chalk

Assorted balls

Bicycles

K’nex set

Map puzzles

Stuffed animal collection

Playmobil toys

Wooden train set

Matchbox or Hot Wheels cars and toy construction vehicles

Children’s magazines

Additional Homeschooling Aids You Can Easily Make

History timeline

Alphabet posters

Journal

Hundred chart

Surprise! Your Home Is Already a Homeschooling Supply Warehouse!

homeschoolingEveryday household items sit waiting to be used in fun and creative ways. “Our finances aren’t tight, but I choose to not spend much money on homeschooling,” says Leslie. “We use real money, real clocks, and a real thermometer to learn about money, time and temperature. For math manipulatives we pull out checkers, poker chips, Matchbox crs, Legos, M&M, or whatever else my son wants to use.”

Looking for ways to expand the idea of “real” materials, Rachel thought a backyard garden would be a great resource. “It’s amazing what you can end up investigating after even only a fifteen-minute session out there,” she marvels. “We’ve learned how seeds germinate, figured out what’s eating the plants, performed experiments with light and water, and we get to eat fresh veggies, to boot!”

While Rachel and her son knew what their harvest results would be, other backyards yield surprises. Holly and her son were visiting her cousin’s farm, where they read that Civil War soldiers used pokeberry ink and feather quills to write letters from the battlefield. Holly says, “We brought home a handful of goose feathers from the farm into which we carved nibs. Then we picked pokeberries from our own backyard, crushed them, added a little water to make ink, and wrote with the results. It really worked!”

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Many times the children themselves spot a great homeschooling resource that adults fail to notice. Her children are now teens, but Valerie still treasures the pots made from clay dug out of the local creek bank where her little boys spent long hours playing.

Celia’s six-year-old daughter has a knack for finding human resources. “She finds the ones I overlook. She’s the one who remembered her grandpa speaks French and could help out,” Celia says. “And she doesn’t mind questioning the lady in the grocery store line behind us.”

Get rid of the notion that you need to consider spending anywhere near the amount of money your local school district spends on each child each year. Consider the items you already have, and then supplement these with others to fill in gaps you discover.

Your pocketbook will thank you.

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kirbymom
by Sonja on May. 16, 2012 at 7:26 PM

 This is fantastic! Great Posting usmom3.  If only I had seen this when I first started homeschool.  lol  :)  

usmom3
by BJ on May. 16, 2012 at 7:36 PM
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 I know right! I have gotten way better at seeing the educational properties of all things but in the beginning it was hard to see it!

Quoting kirbymom:

 This is fantastic! Great Posting usmom3.  If only I had seen this when I first started homeschool.  lol  :)  

 

mem82
by Platinum Member on May. 17, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Great read and so true!

My basement is a huge craft/junk room that the kids go explore for fun stuff all the time.

Boobah
by Nikki :) on May. 17, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Mine too! I've been a crafter all my life and have so much craft stuff. I also have always hit up the back to school sales, even before I had kids (I was in school for early childhood Ed) so I have a supply of crayons, scissors, paper, foam, glue, folders, notebooks, etc.

Quoting mem82:

Great read and so true!

My basement is a huge craft/junk room that the kids go explore for fun stuff all the time.

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by Member on May. 18, 2012 at 2:12 AM


Quoting usmom3:


Library card

Newspaper subscription

Craft magazines

Ruler

Car

Money and coins

Piano and other musical instruments

DVD player and DVDs

CD player and CDs

TV

Glue

Magnifying glass

Needle and thread, fabric

Radio

Chess set

Scissors

Cookbooks

Box of “useful things” – string, paper clips, rubber bands…

Lots of assorted paper, for writing and creating

Calendar

Camera

Clock

Gardening tools

Masking tape

Toolbox

Tape measure

Scotch tape

Binoculars

Atlas

Museum Memberships

First-aid kit

People as Homeschooling Aids Already On Hand

Parents

Grandparents

Friends

Children’s best friends

Interesting, creative people in the neighborhood

Pets, including dogs, cats, and horses (Give me some leeway here; our pets were always treated like people.)

Places as Homeschooling Aids Already On Hand

Entire kitchen

Greater community

Backyard plants and dirt

Workshop

Garage

Tinker toys

Yahtzee, Monopoly, Clue, Scrabble, Mancala, Life

Labyrinth

Blocks

Deck of cards

Dice

Dress-up trunk

Legos

Shovels and pails

Colored chalk

Assorted balls

Bicycles

K’nex set

Map puzzles

Stuffed animal collection

Playmobil toys

Wooden train set

Matchbox or Hot Wheels cars and toy construction vehicles

Children’s magazines

Additional Homeschooling Aids You Can Easily Make

History timeline

Alphabet posters

Journal

Hundred chart


I have plenty of this at home. I am artsy enough that I could make a history timeline and a hundred days chart to mark us half way through the school year.

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