Supplies for Home Schooling
By Joseph Parish
With the situation as it is in America today I have decided to once again home school my grandson. There is currently a lot of talk about the Child’s Corp of Mr. Obama’s which is highly reminiscent of the Hitler days of German. I have recently heard that flu shots may be given to school children this coming year whether the parent or guardian desire it or not. In view of these revelations I feel it is best to go back to a home school environment.
Once a decision has been made to home school supplies must naturally be obtained. In order to teach as a teacher you must be prepared to do so. Naturally the list of supplies will be nothing similar to the ones issued by the public school each year the ones that are on the list are essential. I had previously discovered that when it comes to school supplies we would completely run of some while others would last the complete year. Different age groups and grades would naturally reflect upon the supplies needed as well. Lastly, you must remember that with each family the supply list will be different. What you may teach and how you teach it could be very different then the way I would do it.
If for some reason we go into some sort of lock-down or must bug out to an alternate location do to an emergency or a failure in the infrastructure then school supplies will become very difficult to obtain. Simple items such as paper and pencil that we usually take for granted may not be available. Since in hard times past people have had to resort to the use of any paper type product that they could locate such as old can labels, packing materials or cardboard boxes to use as something to write on. It would certainly be beneficial to stock up on those items even if you are not home schooling your child.
School supplies do not go bad so they can be vacuum sealed and save for a long time if necessary. Since I only have one child to contend with it makes the situation much easier. If you have several then you will have to consider dividing the school needs into the various age groups. After which they should be once again divided into subject areas.
The age groups would be high school, junior high, elementary or Pre School. In my case I will be using the elementary level grouping. Next I will make use of the following subjects: math, history, English, science, art, music and phys ed. My goal this year will be to instill within him the confidence to perform basic skills as well as to improve those that he already knows. He will be permitted to remain on a subject until such time as he is fully confident in it. Once he is comfortable with the subject we can continue with something new and not have to go back and forth for reviews. This system tends to build his self-esteem while ensuring that they get a well rounded education.
Although this list is general in nature it serves as a starting point for the home educator. Naturally the amounts of items will vary according to the number of children being home schooled.
Paper it the number one item needed on this list. I generally have several reams of printer paper so that I can print various worksheets and alternate reading assignments from the internet. You would naturally want to have lined paper for the child to do their homework assignments on. If you watch you can generally find many of the paper supplies that you will need on sale at the major department stores. I remember buying a ton of composition books for only five cents each at Wal-Mart one year. I still have plenty of them left. Another excellent place to purchase many of your school supplies is the dollar tree. Keep in mind that according to the type of instructions that you will be providing you may require graph paper, carbon paper, construction paper, various pads of paper, spiral note books or even 3x5 cards. Additional supplies could range from ink for your printer, ink pens, pencils, chalk, markers, some sort of glue and tape.
Your math related supplies might be a calculator, rulers, protractors, compasses and erasers. For your English instruction you will need the proper research books such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauruses, classic novels and works of fiction. I make good use of e-books for many of my literary teachings. Your history supply list may include a globe of the earth and maps from around the world.
I am lucky that I have been involved with science for many years and as such I have the necessary materials and supplies for a complete science lab therefore I need very few supplies in this area. At a minimum you should have equipment for experiments, magnifying glasses, prisms, models of the solar system, rock and bug collecting supplies, a microscope, perhaps a telescope, a good chemistry set and books concerning human, plants and animals. Models relating to the human body can be extremely helpful in science as well as health classes. One of my favorite areas of science has also been rockets and a child can learn a lot about them by building and shooting them off.
One of my hobbies has always been oil painting so I tend to push for a variety in my art classes. We have made projects from finger painting, watercolor paintings, oil based canvas paintings and many experimental styles. Supplies should include paints of various kinds, paint brushes, canvas paper, charcoals, water paints and other assorted art supplies.
For me physical education can mean a lot of different activities. My grandson is interested in karate so I naturally sign him up for karate classes. He rides his bike a lot so I can combine his bike riding into his phys Ed program. Other useful activities could be ball playing, weight lifting, hunting, exercising, walking or even dancing.
Music is another great activity that is associated with educating your children. I provide my grandchild with private musical instrument lessons to fulfill this requirement. Even the smaller instruments such as harmonicas can teach them the value of music.
There are several miscellaneous items that you may require such as a hole punch, a stapler, pencil sharpener and paper clips. I rarely purchase books but rather use the e-books on the computer. I try to do as much work on the computer and internet as possible. Research papers can be accomplished via the internet as well. I am sure that as you shop for these supplies you will likely find other nice to have items that you will purchase for your home school needs as well.
It is entirely up to you to determine how you will teach your children. Home schooling is not as involved as many people may think it is. You merely have to be ready to invest your time in.
Copyright @2009 Joseph Parish
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