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As a homeschooling family, we go about our back-to-school prep a little differently. There are some traditions still (cue the first day of school photo), but there are some staples that we need that others may not think of, unless they are learning at home. Today, we’re going to share our homeschool back-to-school checklist, and a few things we must do before our school year starts.
Create a Reading List
You know those summer reading lists teachers send home with kids before school’s out? Well, we create those lists at the beginning of our homeschool year. We call it our read-aloud list, as we sit every morning and read these to the kids. Some mornings, our oldest will read to everyone, and very soon, our 7 year old princess will start to do the morning readings. This list is created from the books we have right in our home, and then we enlist the help of the local library (or nearby secondhand bookstore) for the rest. The cool part is the kids help us create the list. So, they get to read the books they have genuine interest in.
Organize and Stock The Homeschool Closet
As parents and kids grab their school supply list, and run to the stores to grab all the things, we are doing the same thing. But, instead of hauling it all to their first day of school, my kids add their new goodies to the homeschool closet. Our homeschool closet ends up being a hot mess at the end of the previous school year, so we dedicate time to clean it up before we purchase new items. Then, we make a list of items we need to grab, in order to replenish what we need. Markers, crayons, fun board games, stickers, and more enter our homeschool closet.
Standard School Essentials
Oh, don’t think that because we learn from home we don’t need items every other school needs. There are some staples that this mom/teacher needs on hand at all times. While our classroom may be our kitchen table, we always want to make sure it’s a healthy environment for learning. Oh, and a clean environment. Germs are gross, y’all. Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes remove germs, bacteria, kitchen grease, and countless other nasties you find lurking in your classroom. With one wipe, I can clear the table after breakfast, and get it ready for a full day of school. It’s amazing! It’s one less thing we have to think about during a school day, and I can appreciate it.
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Below is our Homeschool back-to-school checklist. It isn’t long, but it has all items we need in order to have a great school year. Whether you homeschool or your kids go to traditional school, I hope these items help you and your family get excited for the first day of school.
Our Homeschool Back-To-School Checklist
Day planner (1 for each kid)
10 College ruled notebooks
4 composition notebooks with grid paper
Boxes of crayons (5 boxes for each kid)
Pencil box (1 for each kid)
4 memory cards for computer
3 new learning games (for down days)
Backpack (1 for each kid)
What’s on your back-to-school checklist this year?
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