As a homeschooling mom who follows Charlotte Mason’s methodologies, I find myself using a lot less specialized tools and things than other homeschool moms with all of the kits and tricks. But there are some things I couldn’t function on a daily basis without.
1. My library card.
Since I found out about the library extension app, we have perpetually had over a hundred library books checked out or on reserve at any given time. Our family has always been a big believer in local libraries, but it hasn’t always worked out with lots of young kids. Reserving books in advance and then just running in and grabbing the books I want is invaluable.
2. A globe and a world map
Geography comes up in more than you realize. It’s handy to have multiple sources that I can instantly point out a location to my kids.
3. My iPad/kindle
I use these really only for playing our composer playlists, folk song playlists, and our hymn playlists. Occasionally, I’ll pull up a nature video on YouTube so the kids can hear a bird’s call or watch a ballet. I also use them both for reading my own books at night or in the morning. They also are sometimes used for the occasional Mister Rogers episode…for the kids. Cheap thrills.
4. A pretty notebook or planner
Pre-filled calendars stress me out. Planning anything too far in advance gives me anxiety. But I found a homeschool record-keeping system that works for me. I use a pretty journal-esque notebook or planner and just write down what we did in a particular day that would relate to school activities. Instead of planning in advance, I just write down what we’ve done. It works for me, but likely wouldn’t work for all.
5. Ticonderoga pencils. Because they’re the only ones that are worth it.
6. A cozy blanket
Even in the summer, my kids are so much more receptive to learning when they’re wrapped up under a soft/light blanket.
7. Chocolate chips
These are the best math counters. Because subtraction is REALLY easy.
8. Amazon Prime
Can I get an Amen?
9. Nature field guides
10. This IKEA cart
(I think they’ve discontinued the colour we have, though.)
What’d I miss? What are some of the things that you couldn’t make it through your day without?