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I know it seems early in the summer to talk about school supplies but as a year-round homeschooling family, we are constantly on the lookout for deals on the materials we use for our schooling. We especially capitalize on the back to school sales and get the most we can with the funds we have.

One of the many benefits of homeschooling is that we don’t have an exhaustive list of school supplies that we need to purchase every year. Plus, since our supplies stay in our home, they tend to last longer because we don’t have to deal with loss or theft.

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I love office supply stores! I could spend hours browsing in them, and I get a euphoric high around back-to-school time!

I have two lists here; the first is my one-time purchase items (the materials that I use for many years), and the other is my annual school supply shopping list.

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Our most-used homeschool supplies

A school map. I especially love the dry erase maps.

A globe.

A good quality dictionary.

A magnetic whiteboard and whiteboard markers.

An excellent wireless, all-in-one, printer.

An iPad mini.

Three hole punch (40-page capacity).

Paper cutter (I use it at least a few times a week).

High-quality binders. We have one for every subject (and we use them every year).

Children’s scissors.


A good quality stapler with staples.


The school supplies we replenish annually

Homeschool planner. This one from Mama Miss Designs is gorgeous and keeps me organized.

Pencils. These eco-friendly pencils are my favourite.

Pens. This is hands-down THE best pen there is.

Pencil crayons. The erasable ones are a favourite!

Drawing journals. We use our drawing journals at least 2-3 times per week.

Felt markers.

Printer paper.

Cardstock. This is great for making book covers, cards, and teaching materials.

Lined paper. I buy regular lined paper. I find the elementary lined paper pricey, and my children have always struggled with writing large. They naturally have regular-sized printing.

Watercolour paints.

Tempra paints.

Paint brushes.

White glue.

Glue sticks.


Do you have any favourite homeschool supplies? What’s on your annual back to homeschool shopping list?




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Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.
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