I don’t know about you, but it’s typically more fun for me to shop for others than it is to shop for myself. I often find it difficult to come up with a “wish list” when someone asks me what I want for Christmas, as well. However, there are a few things I utilize on a regular basis in my homeschool that I wouldn’t want to do without. Maybe one of these items in on your wish list, as well.
Emma and I use our Fiskar’s Paper Trimmer almost daily. She hates to cut things out on her school work. So, she uses the trimmer when there are straight lines. She also uses it to trim construction paper when she’s crafting. It’s also great for cutting out lapbook pieces.
I bought a laminator a few years ago, and it turned out to be one of the best investments I made. Before that, I was taking things to the local teacher store to be laminated. That gets expensive quick, though. I used the laminator a TON when Emma was in the younger grades – for calendar pieces, pocket chart labels, flash cards, and so much more.
Last year, we bought all of the kids a Kindle Fire for Christmas. I think this was, by far, our best homeschool purchase ever! We use them daily. I have downloaded so many classic books for free that I use for our morning read-alouds. I downloaded quite a few living books for history that Emma reads from each week.
I wake up each weekday morning, make my cup of coffee, and grab The Homeschool Mom’s Bible. I posted a review of this Bible last month, and I am enjoying it just as much today. I find the devotions relevant to my homeschool journey, and the Bible is easy to read.
Educating the Whole-Hearted Child, by Clay and Sally Clarkson, is chock full of great information for homeschool moms. I read this book with a pen and highlighter in hand. It covers a multitude of topics from building relationships in your home to learning styles to homeschool methods. There are reading lists and planning forms. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been at it for a while, you are bound to come away with some new ideas when you read this book.
I read Jim Trelease’s The Read-Aloud Handbook many years ago – back in college, I believe. I found it again at a used book store a few years ago, and I bought a new copy. Mr. Trelease writes about the importance of reading aloud – how it fosters a love for reading, the importance of turning off the TV, and suggestions for finding time to read-aloud. And, thats just the first half. The second half of the book is filled with lists of books to read-aloud. From picture books to beginning chapter books to poetry, fairy tales, and novels. This is a must-have resource in any homeschool classroom.
I love my Thirty-One “Organizing Utility Tote on my desk. Inside my tote, I have a clear file box that I purchased at the Container Store. This is where I keep lesson plans for the upcoming weeks.