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Homeschool supply list: Affordable must-haves for first-time homeschoolers

One of the most exciting things about homeschooling is creating a homeschool supply list. But as exciting as it may seem, it may also be overwhelming to see your list getting longer and may fall in that pit of “over shopping”. It is important to create a homeschool supply checklist so you do not compulsively cart everything that you may find.

What homeschool supplies do I need for homeschooling?

Your homeschool materials will depend on the age and grade level of your child. It varies from home to home, but there are a number of homeschool supplies common to every homeschooling family. These materials are frequently used and they are supposed to last you through the year, so you need to choose materials that are inexpensive but still do the job.

I would recommend buying homeschooling materials that will last your whole homeschool year because you get items at a cheaper price when you buy in bulk. But if you do not have plenty of storage space for your supplies or if buying monthly supplies is more feasible for your monthly budget, then get a pack or two of each of the items listed below, and just replenish as needed.

The items on the list are essential though we all do not want to break our banks, so I made a list of affordable must-haves for first-time homeschoolers.

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Homeschool Supplies Checklist for first-time homeschoolers

Homeschool supplies for writing

These are definitely my favorite part of my homeschool supply checklist. I love journaling and doodling, so writing supplies excite me.

I love to encourage my daughter to write a lot. Getting inexpensive but durable quality pens encourage our child to scribble away. You may add these items to your homeschool supply checklist.

1. Pencils

2. Ballpoint pens in different colors

3. Erasable ink pens

4. Sharpie markers in different colors

5. Dry erase markers

Aside from pencils and pens, our homeschoolers need a clean surface to write on. And by clean, I don’t mean writing on our walls. Instead, we need paper supplies where they can write non-stop (if possible). Here are some homeschool supplies I can recommend.

1. Notebooks/ Lined paper

2. Post-It

3. Colored construction papers (cheaper than smooth colored papers)

4. Drawing blocks/ Painting Blocks

5. Bond paper

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Homeschool supplies for Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts are a big part of homeschooling. Art is engaging, and seeing art resources in itself will ignite every homeschooler’s creativity, so it would be great to have some arts and crafts supplies from your local art or book store. I listed down a few of the art must-haves you may begin with.

1. Tempera or poster paints

2. Art brushes

3. Glue

4. Glue sticks

5. Crayons

6. Cellophane tape

7. Masking tape

8. Inexpensive decorative stickers

9. Scissors with round edges

10. Scrapbook

11. Watercolor

12. Acrylic paints

13. Glitters

14. Cardboard

15. Clay

Other homeschool supplies for writing

1. White board and eraser (preferably magnetic)

2. Chalkboard and eraser (optional if you already have a whiteboard)

3. Clipboards

4. Scissors with rounded edges

Homeschool materials for the teacher

Office supplies

1. Hole Puncher

2. Cellophane tape

3. Masking tape

4. Stapler and staple wires

5. Calendar Poster

6. Teacher’s whiteboard (yes, better to have a separate one from your child’s)

7. Cork Board (optional if the whiteboard will also be used as a reminder board)


Homeschool supplies for storage

If you are serious about homeschooling, then you need to have a storage solution plan. It does not matter if you have a dedicated space for your homeschooling or not, but you will surely need a space to store your homeschool materials. Here’s what you’re going to need:

1. Storage bins with lids

2. Desktop carousel/ organizer

Homeschool supplies for filing

You will definitely need a filing system that will help you organize your lesson plans, worksheets, etc.  Here are a few of the convenient things that you’ll use consistently:

1. Reusable envelopes

2. Reusable folders

3. Binders


These may or may not count as supplies, but these equipment may be the priciest items in your checklist. These would be good investments if you plan to homeschool your child because you will surely use these throughout your homeschooling years.

1. Personal computer or laptop

2. Wifi

3. Printer

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That’s about it for our homeschool supply list.

Do you have any more to add to this homeschool supply checklist? Let us know in the comments.

Aand, before you go, don’t forget to download our free Homeschooling for Busy Moms Starter Kit. I have included a homeschool supply checklist that you can print and edit.

Get it here.

Lastly, if you’re homeschooling for the first time (or considering it), feel free to read my Beginner’s Guide to Homeschooling for Busy Moms.

Take care.

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