Homeschooling: What do you really need?

This is a tough one because truthfully the answer is how long is a piece of string? It’s an evolving process that depends on your child, your preferred style of teaching, their preferred style of learning and most importantly how much space you have. We started with backpacks so my day pack doubled as a mobile school and space was extremely limited. Now we have Rosie (our mobile home) it’s a lot easier.

Whilst it’s not an exhaustive list here the items that Issy and I use on a daily basis and for the most part can easily be replaced on the road;

  • Laptop and/or Tablet (preferably with Kindle Unlimited)
  • On-Line learning resources (Reading Eggs, Khan Academy, Twinkl, IXL, Pinterest)
  • Workbooks (Maths, French, Handwriting)
  • Pens, Pencils, Paints
  • Geometry Set
  • Calculator
  • Story Cubes
  • Dice
  • Pack of Cards
  • Uno cards
  • Lego
  • Magnetic letters
  • Colouring books
  • Suduko
  • Paperback books (Kindle is all well and good but Issy loves a paperback to read)
  • Sketch Pad
  • Writing Pad
  • Handwriting book
  • Post-it notes

Other items that aren’t essential but have proved invaluable have been

  • Whiteboard/Pinboard
  • Printer/Scanner
  • Sports equipment (skipping rope, stopwatch, badminton racquets, ping pong paddles, football)
  • Travel games (connect 4, rumikub, triominoes, chess, draughts, snakes and ladders, ludo)
  • General knowledge quiz books
  • Craft activities (we make friendship bracelets to give away)

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