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What you need to start home schooling

It is very often the the thought of starting that puts us off doing something. We assume it is going to be hard so we put it off. When we do finally start it is more often than not a lot easier than we assumed. I am guilty of this. The thought of starting home schooling can be overwhelming but it easier than you think. I have shared some thoughts on how to start home schooling. Today I am going to share a few of the things you will need to start.

If you have done some research on home schooling you will probably have seen some stunning home school rooms. Don’t let these spaces distract you. You do not need to replicate these spaces to successfully home school.

What do you need?

A dedicated space. In our home this is our dinning room table. It is a big square 8-seater table so we can spread out and everyone has enough space to work. You don’t need an entire room so if your space is limited, a dining room table or a small table and chair set is perfect.

Your curriculum. ff you are following a set curriculum, you will need the associated books. Most of them will send you all the books you need, making it easier.

Stationery. The best part of this is that you don’t have to buy items according to a school list, you can buy whatever your kids enjoy using. We use pencil crayons and white board markers daily.

Glue. I am putting this as a separate item because it is one of a few items we run out of frequently. We use it for book work and for crafts, so you will need both stick glue and the liquid kind.


Exercise Books. Kiara works more in books than Jack and Emma so don’t buy too many of these if you have younger kids.

Paint and General Craft Supplies. Crafts and art are a big part of our day, so I always have paints available. We also have stickers, pipe cleaners, paper and other general crafts.

A library membership. We rejoined the library this year and it has been invaluable.

If your kids are still young, avoid buying every single activity book you find. Start slowly and see what works for your child. Each series of books are different and some will work for your kids and other’s won’t. Jack isn’t a big fan of work books but if they are colourful, packed with stickers he is more likely to work through them. Emma, on the other hand, loves working in work books.

You don’t need much more than this to get started. If you look around your home you will realise that you have a lot of stuff you can use to help you teach your kids different concepts and ideas.

Pinterest is also a great place for DIY ideas on how to teach kids. I have started setting up a few home school related boards if you are a Pinterest fan.

If you are a home school family, what are some of the items that you can’t live without?



  1. 26 March, 2019 / 2:27 pm

    We don’t homeschool, but I do try to get my kids to work on things over breaks from school. My oldest loves workbooks but my youngest hates them 🙂 Occasionally he’ll want to do what his big brother does, but for the most part, I’ve had to get a little more creative with him.

  2. 1 April, 2019 / 4:13 pm

    We are starting a homeschooling journey with our 4 year old from June. This has been super helpful! Thanks for sharing! Megan xx

    • Laura-Kim
      4 April, 2019 / 6:42 am

      You guys are going to have the best time <3

  3. 17 April, 2019 / 9:44 pm

    I don’t home school but we definitely need a designated space. Even just for home work.

  4. Sarah
    19 April, 2019 / 12:34 am

    I have never thought I’d homeschool but my thoughts go to it more often. We’ll see.

  5. Elizabeth
    19 April, 2019 / 6:57 pm

    This is really great! I’ve been considering home school for a while and it’s a little overwhelming and intimidating to get started

  6. 13 May, 2019 / 6:20 pm

    while i don’t home school, i do actively involve myself in the kids school work (on need basis for them but i keep myself aware); and these items that you mention are always useful to have regardless

  7. Hoang vi Fessenden
    23 May, 2019 / 4:59 pm

    This was super informative, this helps me to decide when my baby is of age!

  8. Annarea
    25 July, 2019 / 6:57 am

    I have two year old twins and am considering home schooling for them. I love your page and am glad I came across it. Gonna stick around a bit longer.

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