Tool Time

Tool Time|Back to HomeschoolTool Time

Podcast #55

It’s that time of year again! Back to Homeschool!  This makes it Tool Time.. Who else is excited? It’s always fun to get ready for the new year. Kids enjoy it as much as parents! Don’t go into the new year unprepared! In this episode, we take a look at the tools you need to get ready to tackle the near year. Whether you are new to homeschooling, or a veteran, we have you covered. What should you fill your “tackle box” with? What do you need to do to get ready? We go over the list of items you might want to have in your arsenal.

Plus, there is something so fun about picking out new school supplies and having all of your household areas covered and ready to go! Get the kids involved. Let them help make a list of items you need to pick up. It is fun for younger kids to pick-out their own supplies (with mom’s help, of course)

Some of the tools you may need:

  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Washable Markers
  • Pencils
  • Pens – colored and black/blue
  • Pencil pouches
  • Notebooks
  • Notebook paper
  • Graphing Paper
  • Construction paper/Colored Paper
  • 3×5 cards
  • Binders
  • Erasers
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Laminator and laminating sheets
  • Backpack
  • Glue/Glue Sticks
  • Folders
  • File Folders
  • Tape
  • Staplers
  • White Out
  • Post-it Notes
  • Journals
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Planners
  • Calculators – graphing or regular
  • Laptops/tablets/Computers
  • Appropriate software and apps

Also important tools:

  • Co-op and support group memebrships _ You can find co-ops and support groups here
  • FPEA Membership

Here are a few links that can help you with your shopping:

The above lists should give you the help you need to find the right tools to get you on the right track this year! We hope that you are as excited about the new year, or refreshing your year, as we are!

Join us this September in Sanibel Island for both fun and learning. Make a staycation of of this FPEA STEM Conference. Sanibel is a beautiful area with lots to explore.

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How to Find Back-to-School Sanity

Back to Homeschool Sanity: The Homeschool Sanity Show Podcast

I’m starting to get really anxious about starting school again. I’ve felt this way every year. Summers always seem to go so quickly, don’t they?

I’m sharing some ideas for finding back-to-homeschool sanity this week.

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Have a happy homeschool week!

Back-to-School Sanity

How can you make your back-to-school week go more smoothly for your whole family? Listen to this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show.