Hi and welcome to Learning 2 Walk where I strive to make both our homeschooling life and yours, a little bit simpler. Although we have started our new homeschool year because we homeschool year round, we still need a back to school list to make the transition to a new year easier. As a result, I will be sharing our back to homeschool checklist as today’s homeschool organization post.
BACK TO HOMESCHOOL: KIDS
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My daughter loves stationery almost as much as I do which means that I am now hiding my stash. When she had the opportunity to choose a binder of her choice, she made it seem as if it was the biggest decision of her life.
Why would we need a binder for kindergarten you may ask? I have made the decision to place all her loose sheets for her lessons so that we can look back at it together and see how much she has achieved. As soon as this binder is filled to capacity, I will be getting a new one until the entire school year is through.
I also plan to get a few more binders for her word binders that I will start in the second term. I am also still flirting with the idea of making a calendar time binder that will include her drawing (yes drawing- my daughter is a budding artist amongst other things) bible study lessons that we do daily.
2) Pencils, Crayons, Dry Erase Markers
These are pretty straight forward but I do have my favourites. For example, I was inclined to get the Crayola Dry Erase Markers because they are washable. Unfortunately they barely survived and so I now stick to my oldie but goodie EXPO DRY ERASE MARKERS.
Crayola is still the number one choice for our crayons both regular, triangular for better grip, as well as dry erase.
BACK TO HOMESCHOOL: Teacher/ School
Although a curricula is not necessary at this stage, using one gives me peace of mind as well as saves me time on what Ontario requires my kids to learn. Our curricula choices (which I will share with you later) however is not an all in one curricula, instead everything has been pieced together by myself and my husband. We even created our own history/geography curricula.
This is on my to be purchased list as we are trying to be strict with our homeschooling budget that we have created for the new year.
When homeschooling, there are so many bases to cover and I am not talking about simply the subjects. For me and my crazy little mind, I need to know what snacks my kids will be eating, what’s for dinner in addition to the regular stuff – what will we be teaching next week, how and when will I teach each subject etc. The picture below is for my weekly planner (a must have for me).
I did say that I have a love affair with stationery so obviously pens and markers would make the list. My absolute favourite pens of all time (I am actually trying to keep calm while telling you this) are the Pilot Frixion erasable, retractable and refillable pens. These pens are fantastic- when I make a mistake I can erase it. As a matter of fact, I plan to start stocking up on these babies from my own allowance (that’s another story).
Although Jael loves worksheets, I still aim to do as many hands on activities everyday. As a result, manipulatives are a must and you can see a few of the things we have below. I have even added to my list and you can see how I use them almost daily with Caleb on Instagram.
I do hope that by me sharing our back to homeschool checklist, I have made your life a little bit simpler and less stressful. Thanks for walking with me and don’t forget to follow me below!
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