There are different types of supplies that you will need whenever you are homeschooling your child. With a little creativity you will be able to bypass the need to purchase expensive curriculum to use within your homeschool. You can find other ways in which to create a rich learning environment for your child and still provide them with a high-quality education at the same time.
A Library Card
Don’t forget the library card! It will allow you to have access to a lot more than just books. Your child will be able to find videos, DVDs, CDs, audio books, reference materials and magazines that they can use to study a wide variety of topics. Remember, that if you are living in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, the Bethel Park Library will also be offering a homeschool co-op again this year. (I mentioned them in an article I wrote entitled, “The Pros And Cons Of Homeschooling.”)
As a parent, you will definitely want to have Internet access. There are a lot of links to lesson plans, worksheets and hands on projects available online. You will even find lots of learning games so that your child to enjoy learning while playing. If you have an older child who needs to do research, or if you want to find a quick answer for your child’s question without having to wait to go to the library, then the Internet is also a great research tool. There is so much information online today that you will be shocked. Once you see it, you will never forego Internet access again.
Even though there are lots of learning games available online, you will still want some board games to play. Not only will this add some variety to your school day but it will help your child develop their math and reading skills as well. The best place to find these games is at yard sales and thrift shops.
Paper And Pencils
Of course, your child will also want pens, crayons and markers to use too. As a parent you may also want to purchase a white board or a chalkboard to use. This will give you more of a “classroom” feeling.