What Do You Need to Homeschool Your Child?

What is Homeschool?

Elective Home Education (EHE) or home education, also known as homeschooling, is the education of school aged children at home or a variety of places other than a traditional school. 

Whether you are taking your children out of school or if they have never attended school you may have many questions about how to make learning fit into your lives and what do you need to homeschool your child. Also take a look at the post about Things I wish I had known before starting to Home Educate for more tips.

What do you need to homeschool your child?

Approach to Home Education

However you are approaching learning at home remember that it may take a while to get into a routine.  Homeschooling can be a very flexible and diverse option with a variety of home educating styles which reflects the diversity of the people who homeschool.

Whatever approach you take to home learning, stocking up on a few basic supplies for your homeschool is a good idea.

Basic Homeschool Supplies you need

Paper Supplies

  • Notebooks
  • Graph paper
  • Plain paper
  • Index cards
  • Printer paper

Writing Supplies

  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Coloured Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Felt tip pens
  • Highlighters
  • Erasers
  • Sharpeners
  • White out liquid

Math Supplies

  • Calculator
  • Rulers
  • Protractor
  • Geometry Set
  • Teaching Clock


Craft Supplies

  • Scissors
  • glue
  • Glue sticks
  • Glitter glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Construction paper
  • Colored pencils and/or crayons
  • Markers
  • Watercolor paints + paint brushes
  • Chalk
  • hole punch
  • Pastels
  • Stickers
  • WoodenLollipop sticks
  • Googly eyes
  • Fabric
  • String
  • Save boxes
  • String
  • Crepe paper
  • Air dry clay
  • Ribbons
  • buttons

Organization Supplies

  • Pencil cases
  • Ring binders
  • Pocket folders
  • Whiteboard
  • Dry erase markers
  • Calendar
  • Planner
  • Stapler + staples
  • Rubber bands
  • Pencil clips
  • Page protectors

One of the best item to get is a LIBRARY CARD

Any other educational supplies your children may find enjoyable or useful.

Homeschool Space

Do you really need a dedicated homeschool space?  My answer to this is no.  After many years of home educating any space can be used and will be used for home learning.  We tend to use the dining room table if we are doing written work or using the computer but for a lot of activities any space can be used.

Remember that many children will get fidgety sitting at a desk for a period of time so moving around for different activities will help.  Also children do not need to be sat in front of a screen for too long without a need to get up and get physical movement into their day.  Allow your children to take breaks whenever possible.

Above all allow you and your children to be creative and think outside the box.