Based on your thoughts from Day 2: Homeschool Morning Gathering-How to Set Up for Your Family, you can now think about what types of materials you will need to optimize your Morning Gathering experience.
This supply list is in no specific order of importance. I have used different materials for different set-ups. I think a large part of your decision depends on your budget, supplies on hand, and needs.
I try as much as possible to use what we have or reuse/recycle. I am known for my frugal ways (and proud of it!) and will not spend $$ unless absolutely necessary. (I’ve also been blessed with having a mom who is a retired Kindergarten teacher & has passed down many resources.)
Also, there are countless free resources online & at your local library (& don’t forget to check your library’s website for free downloads!). So, fear not! Morning Gathering does not have to be a huge expense-and you may find it actually helps your homeschool budget.
The location of where you do your schoolwork also affects what materials you will want. Do you have a separate room dedicated primarily to homeschooling? Or does your homeschool room “share” its space & function? Based on those answers, you can decide if you want your materials to be more permanent or if you will need to pack them up & put out of sight during off-school hours.
With those thoughts in mind, here’s a look at potential materials for your Morning Gathering time:
1. cork board + push pins
2. dry erase board + dry erase markers + dry erase board cleaning spray (or use these DIY tips found here-I have used vinegar & water with much success)
3. chalkboard + chalk + eraser (maybe old-fashioned but I just love chalkboards!)
4. manipulatives + storage containers=(very good for tactile learners) too many to list but here’s a few ideas: wood beads, buttons, dice, Legos, toy cars, paper clips, straws, fruit snacks, …) See 10 Ways to Upcycle your Cleaning Wipes containers here for more tips.
5. paper=notebook, index cards, post-it notes, binder, folder, reuse printer paper (or any type!) or scraps by writing on back, construction paper, brown paper bags, poster board
6. writing utensils=pencils, pens, crayons, markers (washable), chalk
7. play dough (store bought or DIY)=great for those tactile learners
8. foam board=more permanent; our newest addition to Morning Gathering; can make adaptable to change out content areas
Here is an example what we are using now as part of our Morning Gathering time:
9. clear page protectors/pocket pages=great for attaching to a board to hang visuals; also awesome for write-on/wipe-off activities
10. looseleaf rings=helpful for hanging or making quick review cards
11. music=CDs/player, computer, whatever device you use to stream music
12. globe, maps, atlas
13. religious resources & manipulatives=Bible, Catechism, Saint cards, rosary
14. American flag(s)
15. calendar=(store bought or DIY) I had found many wonderful sites for inspiration for our foam board. Some great tips & ideas:
Free Calendar Printables from Money Saving Mom
Our Homeschool Morning Board (Calendar/Weather Station!) from The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking
Calendar and Morning Board from Homeschool Creations
16. dictionary, thesaurus
17. laminator=great for laminating calendar pieces, saint cards, labels, diy write-on/wipe-off (I picked up a Crofton laminator at Aldi’s a few years ago for under $20-life saver! and it works fabulously!!)
18. storage containers=helpful for organization, especially if you need to pack up materials & store out of sight; we have used backpacks, crates, plastic bins, baskets-really whatever we have at the time & the materials fit in!
19. computer/smartphone/tablet=I left this for last because a fabulous way to organize your Morning Gathering time is on a computer!
I will show one way to Plan & Execute your Morning Gathering with Evernote, a fantastic online workspace for organizing & storing all sorts of materials on Day 5. I started using Evernote this past year and it has transformed our Morning Gathering. So excited to share with you!!
Also, make sure to tune in Day 7 for FREE PRINTABLES for organizing & planning your Morning Gathering time!
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