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I have always had a crazy LOVE for stationery. I can spend hours browsing through catalogues, and needless to say, back to school shopping has been, and still is the highlight of my year. When I decided to homeschool Phoenix & Joshua, I thought I had everything I needed. But reality soon hit and I realised that I needed more stationery/supplies than we had at home.

It was not easy trying to prepare lessons without having the necessary tools at hand. I found myself needed to go to the store too often, and finding time in my day to do that on top of homeschooling two boys, and working from home was just too much.

On one hand, the thought of going stationery shopping excited me, but I soon felt overwhelmed trying to figure out exactly what we need versus what are things that I want. I thought about my own classroom, and the things I would use when I taught preschool. So I developed a list with everything you need when starting to homeschool your preschooler.

It is a process to get everything, and you don’t have to rush to get it all at once. You can start building up your homeschool supplies slowly. With my OCD, and love for all things stationery, this list worked amazingly for me. It allowed me to keep track of what I had already purchased and what I still needed to purchase.

Please keep in mind that this list is aimed at working with children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. Most of the items on the list can be used for more than just the preschool years, although items like glue, paint, crayons etc will need to be replaced more often.

I don’t follow a set curriculum with either one of my boys. I develop my own curriculum not only based on what they should know for their age, but also based on their levels of development. I focus a lot on learning through play and exploration and use as much concrete material as possible when teaching and learning with Phoenix.

So here you go. This is my list of everything you need when starting to homeschool.

I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me!

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While there can never be a replacement for actual reading books, Kindle gives you access to lots of E-books and audio books. When those busy moments pop up, and you need to keep your little one busy, it’s great to have Kindle at your fingertips. With a wide selection of books to choose from, you are sure to find something that relates to your theme. The best part is that you can access it on any device. Why not give it a try – the first month is free.

1. Laminator
There is nothing worse than having to throw away resources you worked hard to prepare because of little sticky fingers, bent corners or crumbled up paper. When you laminate your resources you’ll be able to use them over and over again.

2. Guillotine
A guillotine comes in very handy with the endless amounts of resources that you will end up making. It also saves a lot of time compared to cutting with a scissor.

3. White board
I highly recommend getting a magnetic whiteboard that can be mounted onto your wall. This is great for making notes and keeping track of things, and also can be used while teaching and learning!

4. Table & chairs
One of the most important things to get for your homeschool is a table and chair set suitable for your child. To ensure the correct posture and muscle development, your child needs to be able to place their feet comfortably the ground The back of the chair also needs to give them good support when sitting.

5. Printer
It goes without saying that a printer is a must have when homeschooling. There are lots of resources available online for you to choose from, and a lot of homeschool curriculums or programs offer printable. When it comes to purchasing a printer, you need to find the right one that suits your needs.

FINE MOTOR SKILLS

6. Scissors

7. Plastic yarn needle

8. Fine motor tool set 

9. Magnifying glass

10. Pegboard

11. Lacing beads

WRITING & DRAWING TOOLS

12. Triangular pencil

13. Pencil crayons

14. Wax crayons

15. Pastels

16. Twistable crayons

17. Rock crayons

18. Jumbo markers

19. Dot markers

PAINTING

23. Tempra paint

24. Project paint

25. Pots & brushes

26. Paint pallet

27. Rollers

28. Glitter glue

29. Water colour paint

MOLD & MANIPULATE

30. Play-Doh

31. Air drying clay

32. Dough tools

ARTS & CRAFTS

33. Pipe cleaners

34. Pompoms

35. Wiggle eyes

36. Plastic beads

37. Craft sticks

38. Mini pegs

39. String

MATHEMATICS RESOURCES

40. Counters

41. Magnetic numbers

42. Tens frame

43. Unifix cubes

44. Abacus

45. Scale

46. Clock

47. Pattern blocks

LANGUAGE RESOURCES

48. Magnetic alphabet

49. Whiteboard

50. Letter stamps

51. Calendar/weather chart

52. Illustrated dictionary

53. Puzzles

STEM RESOURCES

54. Lego Duplo

55. Lego Classic

56. Mathlink Cubes

57. Interstar

58. Magnatiles

59. Junior engineer

60. Building blocks

– Cath