Dad's involvement: If you are married and homeschooling I surely hope that your spouse is on board, because if he is not, this journey just became harder (If it has not already been). If he is on board, making sure he is involved in the homeschooling process is also a great help. Make sure you share the joys and difficulties, the challenges, the successes. If at all possible, have him be involved in some part of it. For us it means read-alouds and family Bible reading times, and in the summer, sports.
- Mobile devices such as e-reader or able to have apps
- Loyalty cards to supply and bookstores for savings.
- Velcro and magnet stuff
- Permanent markers for projects
- sheet protectors
- File folders for lapbooks or mini-office.
- Cork boards to hang all of those things you want to have ready available.
Support groups or homeschooling friends: Some people carry on homeschooling without any support system but I truly wonder how they do it. I can't imagine not knowing anyone who homeschools and not being able to share with other homeschoolers about struggles of the journey, as much as gleaning from other homeschoolers valuable advice. These are extremely valuable and help you carry on.
Now one last time, let's see what other homeschoolers consider essential:
Marcy @ Ben and Me
Lisa @ Golden Grasses
Tess @ Circling Through This Life
Victoria @ Homemaking with Heart
Kayla @ The Arrowood Zoo
Deanna @ His Treasure Seekers
Melissa @ Grace Christian Homeschool
Beth @ Ozark Ramblings
Rebecca @ Raventhreads
In the series:
Day 1: The Basics part I
Day 2: The Basics Part II
Day 3: The Curricula
Day 4: The Attitudes
Day 5: The Extras