Basic Homeschool Supplies

It can be quite difficult knowing where to start when it comes to homeschooling. To begin with your best bet is to start as simple and uncomplicated as possible.

Before you can even begin to homeschool there are a few things that you need purchase to get you started in your classroom.

I usually like to purchase workbooks for the children to work from although you don’t have to do this if you prefer to teach on the go. I find that sticking to the British curriculum works for me.  I do this to make sure that my children are at the same level of learning as their peers, although we do do some learning outside of this scope.  I feel much more comfortable in my teaching when I have a rough marker to work against, just in case anything happens and for some reason they have to go back into the mainstream school system.  I like to think that they could quite easily slip straight back in without any issues.

We tend to use the below Letts books for homeschooling as they are very easy to understand and the answers are also included, which can be a great help if you get stuck on a question.  You can order these books as sets, so for example if you purchase the Maths books you could get the Maths Revision, Maths Workbook and the Maths Practice Test Questions as well.  This is pretty great as it teaches all the way through to the test to make sure your child has good understanding on the subject.


I also tend to use Schofield and Sims workbooks.  The reason that I love using Schofield and Sims books is because the books come in many different subject matters, from mental arithmetic, to spelling, to phonics.

They are perfect if your child is struggling in a particular area.

Aside from these curriculm books there some other items which are great if you are just starting out with homeschooling.  You will definately need these along the way.


Laminators are really handy little things to have especially if you want to have keeps sakes for the children.  Laminators are also great for making reward charts!

Childrens Safety Scissors

If your child is particularily young then a pair of safety scissors is ideal.  Allowing children to use scissors whilst they are young helps with motor control and not to mention the fact that it teachs them to be responsible also.

Childrens Ring Binder

Ring binders are really great for keeping track of your childs progress and it allows you to set work and keep organised.  Its probably a good idea to to have one for your child and one for you as you can keep any printables and schedules to hand quite easily.

Glue Sticks

Glue sticks are a handy thing to keep around.  I have used these countless times in the past and I’m sure you will too.

Base Ten Blocks

These base 10 blocks have saved me a lot of frustration when it comes to teaching maths.  They are great for demonstrating fractions, money and decimals.  This is one item I highly recommend especially if your child is more of a visual learner.

Hole Puncher

Hole punchers are standard classroom equipment.  You will at some point require one of these, even more so if you have a ring binder.


A stapler is also standard equipment for a classroom.  Its worth purchasing before you find out you desperatly need one.

basic homeschool supplies

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