There are so many resources out there for homeschoolers. While we are so blessed to have such numerous choices, it can also be overwhelming. I appreciate moms who take the time to share about what they use. It helps me to know what others have found useful. I limited myself to a maximum of 3 things I loved most for each category. I have used affiliate links in this post, but I do want to reassure you that I own (and love) every item on this list (or in the case of one of the books (The Well-Trained Mind) have signed it out of the library numerous times).
Proclick binding machine for all the books we make.
iPad (we use ours ALL the time)
The Well Trained Mind - everything you need to start your Classical journey
How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare - how to memorize Shakespeare with your kids. It’s so well explained and makes the process fun and painless.
chalk pastels - you can buy these with a coupon at Michael’s
Prang watercolors (come with a paintbrush)
size 12, 6, and 1 paintbrushes
watercolor paper this can also be bought with coupons at Michael’s, Joann’s or Hobby Lobby.
SQUILT - ready-to-go music appreciation
Life of Fred - better price at Rainbow Resource or Amazon, but here is the link to the publisher so you can read more about it.
Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts - this is the curriculum that inspires my daughter’s author self.
Apologia Science - very thorough Science, but written in a conversational tone that makes it more accessible for the elementary student. We haven’t used the Chemistry and Physics one yet, but it is next on our list.
scale and cuisenaire rods - the more cuisenaire rods, the better, and wooden ones stack up better. I didn’t know about that, and unfortunately bought plastic. Check out the activities you can do with these rods at educationunboxed.com. The scale was incredibly helpful when Bear needed more practice reading scales but refused to do one more workbook page on the topic. We would load it up and she would have to read the number.
teaching clock - indispensable for learning to tell time.
Language Arts Resources
How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare (it’s that good that it gets placed in two categories)
the iPad (for kindle books and Lit2Go)
Amazon - to buy those books that just aren’t available at the library
Story of the World (all 4 volumes) This has been the easiest way to see that history gets done.
King of the Golden City (Just discovered this gem and it is fabulous for children and grown-ups alike. The “three-kings” brought it for the children at the beginning of the month. We have already listened to this audio version – all the way through – more than once in the car on all our rides to gymnastics.)
My Path to Heaven - another one of those creative types, out-of-the-box of things I like. The child and parent observe a very detailed drawing and then have faith-forming discussions about them. Check out the link and see inside the book to understand what I mean. Bear and I are really enjoying this.
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This post is part of the Homeschool Essentials blog hop. Below are 9 of the 89 linked up. Visit one, or visit all; I am sure you will learn a lot!
Laura @ Day by Day in Our World
Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures
DaLynn @ For the Display of His Splendor
Lori @ At Home: where life happens
Nicole @ Journey to Excellence
Adriana @ Homeschool Ways
Brandy @ Kingdom Academy Homeschool
Meg @ Adventures with Jude
Sarah @ Delivering Grace