Homeschool Kid Must Haves

by | Aug 16, 2019 | Homeschool Mom Helps

Last Updated Apr 6, 2024
the good stuff

When it comes to homeschool kid must-haves, this is the good stuff, you guys!

Traditional Homeschool Supplies

When I hear the term homeschool supplies, my mind automatically goes to curriculum books, pencils, crayons, and other kid-friendly art supplies.

While all of those traditional homeschool supplies are great and essential, this fun list of homeschool kid must haves focuses a little more on the extra side of things.

From the important snack time essentials to all the activities.

Homeschool Kid Must Haves

That said, homeschooling looks different for all of us.

While some homeschoolers choose unschooling or deschooling, others prefer online schooling or using physical curriculum books instead.

Homeschool Kid Must Haves

So, these are what I consider to be the universal homeschool kid must haves — no matter your homeschooling style.

Check out my top picks for all the at-home learning kiddos!

Homeschool Kid Snack Time Essentials

One of the major perks of homeschooling is that kiddos can pee when they want and eat when they want!

No more asking for permission to use the facilities or waiting till lunchtime to get some brain-fueling grub.

Plus, kids simply work more efficiently when they are hydrated and fed — crazy, right?!

At-Home Snacking Needs

  • Snack station
  • Healthy snack options
  • Yummy treats
  • Water mix-ins
  • Snack containers
  • Water bottle

Having designated snack areas such as a snack tray filled with healthy homemade snacks or a snack drawer for grab-and-go snacking is ideal for grazing homeschool kiddos who need a pick-me-up.

Healthy PrePackaged Snacks for Kids

The snack drawer in our RV!

Before I homeschooled my own kids, I worked in a kindergarten classroom and I can’t tell you the amount of meltdowns and behavioral issues we dealt with on a daily basis.

These kids were expected to sit at a desk all day, breaking once for lunch (which was so hectic most of the kids barely ate) and occasionally an in-classroom snack.

No wonder my kids were always cranky and starving when they got home from school, you guys!

Focus on providing simple snack ideas and let your young ones snack throughout the homeschool day, only setting limitations if needed.

Easy DIY Snack Station for Kids

Our homeschool snack tray.

While creating a functioning system for your kid’s at-home snacking needs is something I consider to be essential, having an at-home cup with a lid is also crucial.

Skipping traditional at-home glasses and leaning on a cup with a lid helps eliminate accidents while working on lessons.

We tossed all of our traditional glassware years ago and opted for water bottles and cups with lids and I’ve never looked back, you guys!

My kiddos prefer cups with staws for their at-home learning experience simply because they don’t have to remove a lid whenever they want a drink.

The best part? We can add electrolyte powder to their water for an energy boost when needed — something that’s simply not allowed in traditional schools.

On-the-Go Snacking Needs

While providing for at-home snacking needs is crucial to the homeschooler, prepping for snacking and homeschooling on the go is just as important, you guys!

We often homeschool at the library and these are some of the awesome things we lean on!

  • Pre-packaged snacks
  • Travel food containers
  • Travel water bottle

Homeschool Kid On the Go

First, I just have to say how much more fun it is to shop for snack containers when you homeschool!

I can utilize larger containers for family snacking on the go or high-quality personal containers without the worry of kiddos losing them at school.

Plus, now that we road school often, I’m like an on-the-go snack-packing queen.

Last, but not least, having a travel cup with a screw-on lid is my final homeschool kid must-have for snack time.

While we love our at-home cups, having a backup for travel days is ideal.

I’ve learned from experience that travel cups get banged up quicker (sometimes making them not sit well on flat surfaces), dirtier faster, and even sometimes get left in the car.

This is why I love having a second cup that always stays at home.

Plus, straws simply aren’t always safe while on the go and my kiddos definitely prefer them for sit-down learning and playing.

Homeschool Free Time Extras

While free-range snacking is likely the number 1 priority for most homeschooled kids, the extra items and activities that make homeschooling fun and exciting are just as important, you guys!

These are just a handful of our favorite extras.

  • Digital learning games & apps
  • Manipulative items
  • Activity books
  • Reading books
  • Board games
  • Puzzles
  • Sensory items
  • STEM activities

Whether you are utilizing a homeschool loop schedule or you decide to wing it with your homeschool extras, all of these are the fun homeschool kid must-haves.

Homeschool Loop Elective Activities

Some of our favorite homeschool extras.

In our homeschool, we utilize a detailed block homeschool schedule allowing us to arrange for free time during our homeschool day.

While my youngest is in her room for our daily quiet time, my older boys are in the living room looping through fun activities.

I absolutely love this part of our day, you guys!

We circulate toys, board games, activity books, reading books, puzzles, and workbooks.

However, we also thoroughly enjoy leaning on digital educational material from time to time as well.

Our favorite? The Osmo learning system.

Having homeschool free time items on hand is essential for the homeschooler.

Other Homeschool Kid Must Haves

While the two categories mentioned above are what I consider to be the most important extra homeschool kid must-haves, there is actually a wide variety of other (more traditional) things I consider must-haves for the at-home learner!

  • Quality curriculum
  • Computer or tablet
  • Personal planners
  • A library card
  • Quality craft & office supplies
  • Out-of-the-home learning experiences

While having a solid curriculum sounds like a no-brainer (unless you unschool), I had to mention it first on this list.

Not all homeschool curriculum is created equal and not all good curriculum works for all kids.

Do your research, don’t be afraid to try new things, and toss what doesn’t work.

That said, there are a number of other items kiddos need when homeschooling.

Like a computer or tablet for example.

While yes, I like to focus on bookwork and experiences over screen time, these kiddos are growing up in a technological world, you guys!

So, knowing how to use devices for educational purposes, not just entertainment, is an important life skill young students need to learn.

I also consider student planners a huge must in our homeschool because it’s the main method I use for teaching responsibility in our homeschool.

Personally, I utilize student planners as a part of our weekly lesson planning process.

However, you can easily use planners alongside reward systems and other homeschool curriculum organizational systems.

Lastly, out-of-the-home learning experiences such as playdates, field trips, or co-ops are so important to homeschoolers!

My kiddos attended our local Zoo bi-weekly science classes for years and they were so good, you guys!

All that aside, kiddos also need parents who are involved and supportive while providing a learning-rich environment filled with a combination of structure and flexibility.

Encourage your kiddos by being their cheerleader and teaching them through hands-on fun.

You’ve got this!

Homeschool Kid Must Haves

Meet the Author

Life & Homeschool Author

Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

Just a Note…

Thanks for checking out the homeschool mom helps portion of the blog! 

This is where you will find simple encouragement from a homeschool mom that has been there a time or two herself.

I hope you found this article helpful and come back to visit again soon!

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Whether you are already knee-deep in your homeschool journey or just dipping your toes in — all homeschool moms are welcome!

Looking forward to connecting! Simply Be Wild & Free Life + Homeschool Blog

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Meet the Author

Life & Homeschool Author

Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

Just a Note…

Thanks for checking out the homeschool mom helps portion of the blog! 

This is where you will find simple encouragement from a homeschool mom that has been there a time or two herself.

I hope you found this article helpful and come back to visit again soon!

Want to connect on social media?

You can find all of our social accounts below!

FacebookInstagramPinterest

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook group too!

This group is open to all homeschool moms.

Whether you are already knee-deep in your homeschool journey or just dipping your toes in — all homeschool moms are welcome!

Looking forward to connecting! Simply Be Wild & Free Life + Homeschool Blog

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