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Homeschooling Supplies – A Supply List for Remote-Learning

With the U.S. still trying to figure out the best next steps for its citizens, back to school is fast approaching. For many students, school starts in August, while for others it  may start as early as July or as late as September. As a result of the global pandemic keeping so many institutions closed or with limited capacity, many school districts have opted for remote learning options. Regardless of what you as a parent decide, back to school shopping lists are always a must to fulfill when it comes to getting your kids back in the swing of things. If you’ve chosen a remote learning option to continue your children’s education this year, a relevant list of homeschool supplies may be an added help to ensure you’ve got everything you need right at home. If you need more information on things you’ll need for school registration, you can check out our blog here.

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To learn more about back to school dates across the nation, check out our infographic here.

Homeschool Supplies – Things Your Kids May Need if Learning at Home

While some of the standard supplies already needed for in-school learning are going to be a must, some parents may also want to include items that’ll make zoom calls, online programs, and activities a bit easier at home. Below we’ve put together a list of some helpful items and tips for parents to consider to help make this school year at home a bit more successful. 

  • Writing supplies  – While schools typically require specific brands for supply lists, you can cater your likes a bit more when doing schoolwork at home. Pencils, pens, lined paper, and notebooks are a must for any type of learning. 
  • Art supplies – This is especially important for younger students. Access to crayons, safe paints, clay, popsicle sticks, glue, and other media for them to create their art projects is a big one. For younger kids, art and creativity will continue to be a large part of their lesson plan. The upside of remote learning? You can choose the brands you want, and how much or how few of these items to purchase.
  • Electronics – Many school districts are offering Chromebooks or iPads and tablets to be checked out to students whose families have chosen to learn at home. It’s best to contact your school directly to see if this option is in place. If not, getting one yourself may be high on your homeschool supply list. While the cost may be a bit high and may not fit your budget, your school may also be able to help direct you to financial assistance opportunities. Ensure your kids have keyboards and a mouse, as well as back up supplies and charging stations if need be.
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Creating a designated schoolwork space with easy access to all your child’s remote schooling supplies can help them stay focused, and help keep them on task.
  • Internet – There’s no question, remote learning requires you to stay connected to your child’s teachers and learning programs online. But what about parents who don’t have the means or income to have the internet at home? Check your local internet providers for basic assistance. Companies like Comcast are offering $10 a month packages for families in this exact situation
  • Organization –  The data is in – there’s no debate that creating a designated school work space is highly beneficial to a successful learning environment. Separating a workspace from living space is important to help focus, and to help keep the two from bleeding over into one another. With so much going on both mentally and physically in your child’s home environment, giving them a designated space can help bring normalcy to remote-learning. To do this, you’ll want to make sure there’s an appropriate desk space or surface near an outlet for a desk lamp and any electronics they may need. Consider getting them desk organizers, shelves, and other containers to help keep all their school-related supplies organized and accessible.
  • A routine – It’s notable that routine makes success easier. In order to maintain your children’s school/life balance, set a schedule or routine, and do your best to stick to it. Breaking up screen time and online sessions with activities, breaks, snacks, and activities can help keep everyone focused and engaged. It also makes it easier to keep normalcy and expectations clear. Purchasing an organizer or whiteboard can help assist in making sure everyone is on track.
  • Give yourself a break – This pandemic has everyone changing almost everything about their normal way of life. We know you want to keep your kids safe while offering them the very best education possible. Teachers, school staff, and parents are working hard to figure out a solution that makes this transition as manageable as possible. Reach out to your teachers with questions, seek support within your community, and remind yourself that you’re doing your best. It’s ok for everyone to take a break and let your brains’ rejuvenate. Schoolwork will be there, and if you find yourself fighting, it’s ok to take a time out from schoolwork. 
  • It’s ok to change your mind – Parenting has a long list of challenges. There’s no need to guilt yourself or beat yourself up for not being 100% certain on whether you’ll put your kiddos in school, or teach them at home. It’s absolutely ok to try one and decide it isn’t for you or your family. 

In order to give our children the very best, adapting to our current climate is more important than ever. Don’t fret parents, no matter what you choose, we know you’ll do what’s best for you and yours. Good luck on this upcoming school year!

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