A new school year is an exciting time for a homeschool mom. I know many moms who get giddy with excitement when the school supplies begin to go on sale! I think we have a great advantage as we are not stuck to a specific list. We can be as creative as we want, and get whatever we want and need for our families.
I love taking time in the summer to work on cleaning up our school area and getting it fresh for a new year. If you have been homeschooling for a long time, things can get stagnant and repetitive. It’s nice to mix things up from time to time to bring some freshness and excitement to your homeschool. Picking up a few new school supplies or tools as well as reorganizing an area, or even creating new folders, can get you excited and ready for a new school year.
We have been sharing lots of tips and tricks, ideas and free resources that will help you with prepping for your new school year. I have went ahead and put them all in one convenient place along with some extra tools and resources we think will be helpful!
Here are some tools that you can put together that will help you get a nice head start on your new school year:
Everyone needs a planner! Whether you are a paper and colored pen and sticker person, or a techie, there are tons of planners that are perfect for homeschooling families. Free planners are very popular that we put together round-ups of some of our favorites.
If you like digital planning and keeping everything in one place you will love Homeschool Planet! There are even lesson plans and digital curriculum that you can import directly to your planner making it so convenient for a busy mom!
I like to put together copywork notebooks for my kids at the beginning of the school year. Some of our curriculum already has copywork built into it, but I do like the extra practice. I like how there are so many types of copywork that can be themed to different things that you are learning and studying. Keeping it all together in a binder is nice to have to pull out when certain themes come up that match what we are working on. It’s nice for an educational type of “busy work” as well.
Here are some great FREE copywork sheets we have created that will work beautifully in an academic copywork notebook:
Copywork for Each Month of the Year – these are great to use in a student planner divided by month. Each month has a beautiful poetry verse to copy that coincides with that particular month.
Copywork and Goal Sheets for Academic Subjects – This 40 page resource will help your children come up with goals for their new school year, personalize their planners and practice their handwriting with Bible memory writing.
Grammar Terminology Copywork Notebook – These grammar terminology pages are perfect to start off with in the beginning of the school year. There are 20 grammar terms to learn and copy.
All About Me Templates – These all about me templates are perfect for the first day or week of school to give your kids to work on. They are so cute and give your children an opportunity to think about themselves and share what is unique about them and important to them. These make a great keepsake in your portfolio too.
Organization and Portfolio Helps:
FREE Homeschool Organization Resources – Organizing can be overwhelming, so we put together a list of Organization Resources to help. There are free printables, articles and inspiration.
FREE Portfolio Resources for the New School Year – lots of printables to help you create a portfolio for your children before the school year starts!
These are some of our favorite tools that we find ourselves using quite often in our homeschool:
AmazonBasics Thermal Laminator MachineScotch Thermal Laminating Pouches, 8.9 x 11.4 -Inches, 3 mil thick, 100-PackSwingline GBC Binding System, Manual, Desktop Binding Punch
X-ACTO School Pro Classroom Electric Pencil SharpenerCARL Angel-5 Pencil Sharpener, RedBostitch Office HP12 3 Hole Punch, 12 Sheet Capacity
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!
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