School Supplies For Every Homeschooler

B2S school supplies

Dear Homeschooler,

I don’t know about you, but my heart skips a beat when Target starts setting up the ‘Back to School’ aisle. I LOVE school supplies. I always have. My mom will attest to me sitting for hours in middle school pouring over flyers deciding whether I wanted binders or notebooks. Honestly, I am an organizer, and I think my true thrill comes from deciding how I will arrange my school work. That love of school supplies followed me through my high school years, my college years, my teaching years, and is now fully expressed in my homeschooling years.

So, whether you love pursuing the aisles full of crayons, glue, and paper like me or whether you shop online (also like me), hree are some school supplies a homeschooler shouldn’t be without:

The Basic Homeschooler

Of course, there are the basic necessities. For me, this includes the following:

  • Pencils and sharpener
  • Erasers
  • Erasable pens (My absolute favorite!)
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Glue
  • Paper or notebooks
  • Colored markers or pencil crayons
  • Binders or folders for keeping worksheets organized.
  • Dry Erase board with dry erase markers (Chalkboard also works).

The Make-It-Yourself Homeschooler

If I’m not creating the curriculum, I am finding ways to supplement the kids’ learning with fun projects. If you lapbook or notebook, this list may be for you, too:

  • Colored markers or pencil crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue and tape (scotch tape, masking tape, duct tape, etc.)
  • Stapler
  • Hole punch
  • File Folders
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Printer Paper and Ink
  • Laminating or Sheet Protectors

I often will put worksheets or daily drills in sheet protectors and have the kids use dry erase markers to complete the activities. This allow you to reuse those worksheets over and over.

The Artsy Homeschooler

Every assignment is an opportunity to be colorful and creative. If this is your student, you may want to have these supplies on-hand:

  • Coloring tools (crayons, markers, pencil crayons, Kwik Stix, etc.)
  • Paint (acrylic, tempura, watercolor, finger, etc.) and paint brushes
  • Art paper (construction paper, sketch paper, watercolor paper, canvas, etc.)
  • Oil pastels or watercolor crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue (glue stick, white glue, rubber cement, etc.)
  • Garnishments (glitter, poms, pipe cleaners, stickers, gems, etc.)
  • Paper bags, paper plates, etc.

Don’t forget the drop cloth!

The On-The-Go Homeschooler

Sometimes our schedules are hectic, and we have to do lessons in the car on the way to a function or field trip. Sometimes we just like to do lessons in a new place like Panera. Whatever your reason, here are some supplies to help you be ready to school on the fly:

  • Backpack
  • Lunchbox
  • Water bottle
  • Grab-and-go snacks
  • Clipboard
  • An extra fully loaded pencil case, complete with pencils, erasers, scissors, glue stick, colored pencils/markers, stickers, dry erase marker, etc.

I always make two complete pencil cases. One stays in their desk at home while the other stays in their backpack. This way I know we always have the essential supplies wherever we are. It is also very convenient and efficient because I don’ t have to waste time and energy making sure I have everything every time we leave the house.


The Outdoor Homeschooler

I asked my friend at The Get Outside Colorado Kids for what she thought were essentials when adventuring:

  • Sketch pad
  • Colored pencils
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Backpack
  • Patience
  • A good sense of humor 🙂

Absolutely perfect!


Of course, most of us are probably a mixture. I know I am.  Click here for a printable supply list. Happy shopping!

Till Next Time,


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