Basic Homeschool Room Necessities

When setting up your homeschool room, your mind is in the express lane, thinking up ways to enhance your children’s learning. 

Paper, pencils, art tools, encyclopedias, atlases, globes, maps, charts and a human-sized skeleton are probably on your ever-growing home school material list as you begin to accessorize your high-tech home school room. 

Before you start buying supplies though, think about what you really need in order to spend wisely and reduce your homeschooling costs.

Remember: Most new home educators spend way to much when beginning to homeschool. Be patient. Once you homeschool for awhile, you will discover additional items that are useful or helpful when educating your child.

Over the years, items have come and gone from our homeschooling area.

The absolute basic necessities that you will need to have available, to home school your child easily are:

  • writing utensils
  • paper (lined, construction, etc.)
  • crayons/colored pencils/markers
  • a ruler
  • erasers
  • glue
  • tape
  • quality pencil sharpener
  • stapler
  • file folders (for organizing and/or lapbooking)
  • binder/s (and dividers to divide subjects)
  • lined paper/notebook/s
  • organizing system – file cabinet or milkcrate and bins to organize multiple children
  • shelf/shelves
  • table or desk for your children
  • comfortable chair/s
  • library card - your ticket to low-cost homeschooling!
  • a smile (my kids included that one!) :)


Other very helpful items are:

  • a calculator - depending on the grade
  • a computer - this may be a necessity depending on the age of your kids or the curriculum you use.
  • internet connection - again, this may or may not be a necessity for you. Our family relies on the internet for some of our schooling; it makes our homeschooling so much easier as so much information and resources our at our fingertips.
  • encyclopedia/set - for quick reference

During July and August, you will find huge back-to-school sales at many local retail stores. Wait and take the opportunity then, to stock-up on these needed supplies. If money allows, buy a bit extra to have on hand, all year long.

Other Homeschool Room Necessities

Not only will you need most, if not all of the above items in your homeschool room, you will need curriculum-specific items. Thankfully, many homeschooling programs and courses have a list of items needed to complete lessons. If a materials list isn't provided, you will need to look through the curriculum and make your own list of the items, so you will be prepared for each lesson.

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