Your complete school supply list for preparing for your first year of preschool homeschool. Stock up on these must-have preschool homeschool supplies and be ready for the fun!
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Your Complete School Supply List For Preschool Homeschool
Preschool is all about learning through play and exploration. Cover the basics like numbers, letters, colors and shapes but keep the focus on fun for a wildly successful preschool year. Here’s a list of school supplies to stock up on to give you everything you need for a great start to your preschooler’s homeschool experience.
Extra Items You May Want On Your List
If you haven’t heard of Color Wonder products before, you’re in for a treat. And if you have here’s your reminder to stock up on the best invention in coloring! Color Wonder markers work only on special Color Wonder paper which makes them the mess-free coloring go-to activity for home, car, and out and about. I highly recommend having a Color Wonder kit – this is a great idea for at a restaurant or any place you need to keep your preschooler occupied without leaving a mess behind.
|LeapFrog LeapStart Learning System
I bought this originally because I was looking for something my preschooler could do that would not be more screen time. Now, I really want to do an unsponsored unsolicited post just talking about how wonderful this is! I love that the LeapStart gives my daughter something interactive to do and that there are so many books that can go with it. She’s learning numbers, letters, colors, sequencing – all sorts of preschool subjects and it’s a tactile book and pen that makes this anti-screens mom happy. I just can’t say enough good about this system. If it’s in your budget I highly recommend this purchase. Currently $30 on Amazon and you can buy most books for $7. The books make great birthday and Christmas gifts too!
|Preschool Leap Pad Books
There are many books that pair with the LeapStart system. My favorites for preschool are Alphabet Adventures, Shapes & Colors, and Scout & Friends Math.
While you can always use an old t-shirt, art smocks are a great thing to have for preschool. Use while painting and doing crafts. Not only will it keep your child clean, it will make him or her feel like a real artist!
Stock up on a variety of manipulatives and you can make up all sorts of learning games and activities on the spot. Some of my favorites are foam dice, lacing beads, pattern blocks, magnetic letters & numbers, and shapes puzzles.
This is one of the first things I bought for my homeschool and we have used it for many years already! I love this easel and use it for teaching all the time. The kids can color on the chalkboard with chalk, draw on the whiteboard, it holds a butcher paper roll so kids can paint on it as well. In my opinion this is definitely worth the money, but you can read about how I got mine for practically free here.
You may not think about whiteboard markers for preschoolers, but buy the low odor pens and see how many uses you get out of them. From writing on windows (sure, why not?!), reusing worksheets in sheet protectors, drawing on whiteboards and more, having a good amount of these on hand will allow you to do even more activities. Pair with a laminating machine and you can make file folder games and activities that can be reused day after day and kid after kid.
The Teacher’s Supply
The Crafting Supplies
I am including Amazon links to these items for your convenience, but you can purchase all these items at your dollar store or local discount grocery store.
A Few More Unique Items To Stock
|Clothespins & String
I’m so amazed at how many clothespins I’ve used over the last year! It’s so easy to pin up some string on a blank wall and then have your kids clip their artwork or special homework to display for the whole family to see. Whether it’s Bible verses we’re memorizing, a particular worksheet that one of my kids totally rocked, or a piece of artwork or craft that needs a special place in the house, young kids love clipping up their work.
You can use these also to “feed” cotton balls to stuffed animals (for counting and fine motor skills), hanging things up to dry outside, making fishing games, and clothespin crafts.
|Packing Paper / Butcher Paper
You can buy a roll of brown packing paper at the dollar store and have a ton of fun with it. My personal favorite? Tracing the kids’ bodies and doing a science or art project with the outlines. You can name parts of the body, glue pictures of vital organs where they go, or just have fun adding clothes, hair, and a face. You can also use this for collaborative murals, drop cloth for art projects, make your own wrapping paper, any large scale artwork.
Ok so I know we’ve all seen a gazillion pictures floating around pinterest of using shower caddies for art buckets, homework stations and all sorts of things. But they really are useful so I make sure I have plenty on hand. Here are my two favorite uses:
We have one caddy that holds pencils, crayons, markers, glue and scissors. This caddy is put away when the baby is on the prowl and taken down for school work.
We use a second one to stock with some general craft supplies so when I hear those words “Mom, I want to do a craft” but I don’t have time to whip something up real quick, I can set up the craft caddy and let them get creative.
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Thanks for this post! I’m going to buy some stationery supplies for my kid. Which online store is the best in your opinion?
I tend to buy things mostly on Amazon, but sometimes I buy on Staples because I can get free supplies by trading in used ink cartridges 🙂
You completed my list. Greatly Appreciated!
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