Week at a Glance
- Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Wild About Books by Judy Sierra
- Teaching Supplies for the Homeschool Mom
- Homeschool Teaching Supplies Organization
- Low Maintenance Approach to Homeschool!
Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Wild About Books by Judy Sierra
Why we love this book:
The one homeschool supply that EVERY homeschool family must have is a library card! I am a former classroom teacher who owns hundreds of children’s books. And yet, we check out loads of books from our library. As in, we may have over 50 books checked out at a time. My kiddos read EVERY day. And I read to my kiddos EVERY day. And Daddy reads to the kiddos EVERY night. So we need lots and lots of books!
Wild About Books celebrates libraries, books and the joy of reading. The rhyming text and sing-song verses make this fun book rock n’ roll. And it’s all about books! I like how Judy Sierra highlights specific genres, book titles and authors.
The fun all begins when a librarian, named Molly McGrew, makes a wrong turn and drives her bookmobile right into the zoo. Well, well, well, “In a flash, every beast in the zoo was stampeding to learn all about this new something called reading.” Being a resourceful librarian, Molly soon has the perfect book picked out for each animal. And before you knew it, they had to build a branch library right there at the zoo!
Getting Organized for Homeschool Learning
When I was teaching in the classroom, I adopted a low-maintenance philosophy towards education. I decided to put the power of creativity in the hands of my students. Consequently, you won’t find a lot of cute fluff here at waddlee-ah-chaa. On the other hand, you will see amazingly creative work from my kiddos. But that’s because all children are imaginative, creative problem solvers!
I like to keep my life simple (because the rest of time it’s total chaos!). One easy thing that helps keep my life simple is my teacher caddy. It is almost identical to the one I used as a classroom teacher. It helps me stay organized and keeps everything at my finger tips. I don’t ever want to go searching for supplies when I’m in the middle of teaching. We all know how things go when we ask children to hold on a minute.
My teacher caddy is an inexpensive wire basket from TJ Maxx and my coveted mayo containers. (No, Kraft does not make these anymore and I hate them for it!) My kiddos have similar supply caddies. I like my basket and the mayo containers because they are clear, keeping everything in them visible. I also like how I can remove each mayo container individually making it easy to use the supplies as needed.
These are Mommy’s teaching supplies. The kiddos know they cannot use them without permission. This is a rule strictly enforced so that the supplies are always neat and tidy. Again, the purpose of my teacher caddy is to keep supplies at my finger tips.
Last week we began – operation homeschool reorganization. We usually need that about this time every year. We do not buy new homeschool supplies every year. We evaluate what needs to be replaced and reevaluate what is working and what is not.
I usually tackle organization projects with the children in order to build their ownership in our homeschool learning day. I don’t do a lot of prep work and labeling without them. I like to include them in the process and model how to organize supplies and how to label items.
10 Teacher Supplies for the Homeschool Mom
My Workbox Container holds all of my basic everyday supplies. I can easily remove this one little workbox and carry my supplies anywhere in our home (or outside).
- pencils – I like mechanical pencils because they always have a nice sharp tip.
- highlighters – I use these often to teach letter formation and phonics. While learning, the children can trace over my writing for practice.
6. dry erase markers and eraser
7. Sharpies – I often write with Sharpies because they do not smear!
- The kiddos draw with Sharpies during art because they do not smear.
8. Sentence Strips
- These are mini-sentence strips (about an 1 inch thick) that I cut from white paper.
- I use these with Miss Enigma to create little cut-apart sentence during writing time.
- I use sentence strips and cut apart sentences with pre-school, kindergarten and first grade beginning readers and writers.
9. Post-it Tape
- This is magic tape that covers-up mistakes for little ones learning to write and spell. Very handy!
- Of course you must monitor its use, or it will be gone in a day!
- Yes, I have had this dictionary since college (it is really, really old and well used).
- We write a lot EVERY day! Unfortunately, I am cursed by my family’s bad speller gene. Consequently, I always keep a dictionary handy.
11. Homeschool Dollars
- I reward my kiddos with homeschool dollars for doing good work, good behavior and helping do little things around the house. On Fridays, I open a little homeschool store for shopping.
- You can read more about our Homeschool Store Reward System and FREE printables.
12. Dry Erase Board
- Our dry erase board is not mounted to the wall. We use it all over the house for reading, writing, spelling, math brainstorming, art . . .
- I purchased our board at Sam’s for about $12.00. It is very sturdy and is still going strong after 5 years.
- At the end of our homeschool day, we simply tuck it behind a piece of furniture.
During our homeschool day our home looks something like this . . .
Or it looks something like this . . .
And our learning spills onto the floor and into other rooms (even outside).
When we are finish our homeschool day it looks like this. Yes, every day we clean up and put everything in its place. We do NOT have a homeschool room. We live in a cozy little home and must do homeschool where eat, sleep and live. Since we eat together as a family every night, it is important for us to pick-up and start with a clean slate every morning.
Life with Jeannine
Back to the beginning – Books are My Most Essential Teaching Supply . . .
We’re GIVING AWAY one hardcover copy of Wild About Books by Judy Sierra
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What is your favorite or most essential teaching supply? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
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