Take Ten-Improve your life ten minutes at a time!
Choose a project and work ten minutes a day to complete it. This week…
I’ll be working on organizing our home to prepare for the start of the school year.
We home school and this year we are in a much smaller space than in previous years, so it’s even more important to be organized. I’ll be organizing books onto shelves, moving all school supplies to a central location and creating a comfy reading corner with cushions and interesting books.
What will you work on for ten minutes a day this week? Leave a comment and let us know!
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amber steranka says
thank you SO MUCH for your input! this definitely helps…
My pleasure! Have a peaceful day!
amber steranka says
hi kimberlee…i’m going to be homeschooling my 1st and 3rd grader this year. i homeschooled their 18yr old brother years ago…so it’s going to be like starting from scratch. what “school supplies” would you suggest keeping on hand? we live in nashville and we’ll be having “tax free” weekend beginning on friday august 5th. i would like to stock up, but want to make sure i’m stocking up on the right tools…
thanks so much for your help
We are in a little different stage than you are with my children being 5th through 11th grade, but I will tell you what we use and then you can decide what will work for you:
2 packs of pencils (mechanical ones for my older children, but buy whatever your kids like) and some notebook paper.
Markers, colored pencils and/or crayons, colored file folders, glue sticks and colored paper (not construction paper) for lap books. Depending on the subject and the curriculum you are using you may want to have a couple of binders for your kids to put their work in. You can do a search for “homeschool notebooking” and “lapbooking” to get some ideas.
We also use spiral bound composition books for journaling. My older children write the answers for language arts, science and math in these so the next child can re-use the text or workbook. For younger children this may not work as well. There are notebooks available from Miller Pads and Papers with the top half blank for drawing and lines on the bottom half for writing. These are especially good for encouraging children to write stories.
When the children were younger I kept lots of construction paper, watercolor paint and other art supplies. We especially loved play-dough and modeling clay and had a session at least once a week with those.
For elementary aged children I do a lot of reading aloud, imaginary play and have tons of books at all levels available for them to read. It’s important to have some books below your child’s level to encourage lots of fun reading, as well as some more challenging books in order to stretch them. I found that my children’s reading level increased by leaps and bounds when I read chapter books aloud to them. Sonlight has some great lists of books even if you don’t order the curriculum.
Hope this helps! Let me know if you have other questions. 🙂