Free Homeschool Supplies List to Help You Make The Most of Your Day

When you’re getting ready for a new year of learning at home, get organized and focused with a homeschool supplies list. Instead of wasting time or money on unnecessary supplies, you’ll stick to your budget and be ready to make the most of your time with your kids.

After eight years of homeschooling, I’ve discovered must-have materials and resources that help our homeschool day flow. And that you don’t necessarily need a laminator 😉

Check out my suggestions and get this free printable homeschool supplies list!

If you're getting ready for a new year, this free printable homeschool supplies list will help you save time & money. Get great recommendations & tips!

Avoid the Overwhelm of Shopping for Homeschool Supplies

Whether you are just getting started with homeschooling or you’re a pro, the process of shopping for new homeschool supplies can be daunting. And tempting 😉

There are so many fabulous materials that you can use in your homeschool! All that shiny and new can seem magical, whether you’re cruising down the aisle with a cart or browsing online in your p.j.s.

You want to make sure that you have everything that your kids will need for a successful year. The more, the better, right?

Not necessarily...

First of all, your homeschool budget will take a massive hit if you go bonkers in the office supply store.

Also, how much room do you have in your homeschool area to store all of these supplies?

Which brings me to my next point-organization. The more stuff you have, the more time, effort, and energy required to get it and keep it organized.

Because those super cute pencils with the fluffy tops will do no one any good if they’re buried under a mountain of stuff!

So, let’s avoid all that budget and organizational overwhelm, shall we? 

Homeschool Supplies List with apple, books, & school supplies in background to feature how this free printable list can help you make sure you have everything you need for your homeschool year

Tips for Using This Homeschool Supplies List

Before we get to the actual list and recommended resources, here are my tips for keeping it affordable and manageable. Your homeschool needs may vary from mine so customize as you see fit.

1.  Consider Ages & Stages: How many kids will you be homeschooling and what ages? Your preschooler doesn’t need a calculator. And does your high schooler need playdough? (Maybe…some hands-on fun can be a great brain break when the pressure hits!)

2.  Keep It Simple:  Start with the basics. You can always add to your supplies. 

3.  Seek Out Sales:  Look through store fliers for sales at local stores. Browse online or do a search for sales for items you need.

4.  Chunk It:  You don’t have to buy everything at once. Take it in bits and pieces. Build up your basics and then add on as you find something on sale.

5.  Get Creative with Your Shopping:  You can use coupons for {home}school supplies in a variety of stores.  Michaels is one of my favorite places to stock up on playdough, crayons, and construction paper with their 40% or 50% off coupons. Also, grocery stores and pharmacies (like Walgreens) may have coupons or deals on supplies.

6.  Organize as You Go:  As soon as you get new homeschool supplies, find a home for them. Throwing the bag in the corner or piling it up in the closet might mean forgetting about it and buying double.

7.   Keep Track of What You Have:  Use a second list (in the printable pack) to record what you’ve purchased. Take that list with you when you shop. Then, you won’t be standing in the aisle, asking yourself if you need index cards or if you already bought them.

Free Homeschool Supplies List on yellow background with variety of homeschool supplies like scissors, markers, hole punch, paper clips, erasers, water color paints, binder clips, & more and smiling mom & daughter wearing pink & doing homeschool work with chalkboard & supplies in background

 

Recommended Resources for Your Homeschool Supplies List

One way that I save time and money is shopping online. I don’t get tempted by new and shiny so I can stick to my list. Oh, and I detest shopping so online is for me!

The only exception I have to this self-imposed rule is when I use those awesome coupons at Michaels 😉

I share here our favorite, tried-and-true homeschool supplies. We use all of these materials in some way throughout our homeschool year. If you like these items as well or have others you’d recommend, please share in the comments area!!

**You’ll find these items on the free printable Homeschool Supplies List at the end of this post. Also, there’s a blank list that you can customize and/or use to record what you’ve purchased.

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Basics for Your Homeschool Supplies

Ticonderoga Wood-Cased Graphite Pencils, #2 HB Soft, Yellow, 96 Count (13872)Ticonderoga Wood-Cased Graphite Pencils, #2 HB Soft, Yellow, 96 Count (13872)BIC Xtra-Life Mechanical Pencil, Medium Point (0.7 mm), 40-CountBIC Xtra-Life Mechanical Pencil, Medium Point (0.7 mm), 40-CountTiconderoga Wood-Cased My First Pencils, #2 HB Soft, Pre-Sharpened, With Eraser, Includes Bonus Sharpener, Yellow, 4 Count (33309)Ticonderoga Wood-Cased My First Pencils, #2 HB Soft, Pre-Sharpened, With Eraser, Includes Bonus Sharpener, Yellow, 4 Count (33309)BIC Xtra-Strong Mechanical Pencil, Colorful Barrel, Thick Point (0.9mm), 24-Count (MPLWP241)BIC Xtra-Strong Mechanical Pencil, Colorful Barrel, Thick Point (0.9mm), 24-Count (MPLWP241)

BAZIC Jeweltones Color Ruler, 12 Inches, 1 Pack of 4 RulersBAZIC Jeweltones Color Ruler, 12 Inches, 1 Pack of 4 RulersElmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 7 Gram, 30 CountElmer’s All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 7 Gram, 30 CountElmer's Liquid School Glue, Washable, Pack of 12Elmer’s Liquid School Glue, Washable, Pack of 12Scotch 3105 3/4Scotch 3105 3/4U Brands Paper Clips, Medium 1-1/8-Inch and Large 2-Inch Sizes, Assorted Colors, 450-CountU Brands Paper Clips, Medium 1-1/8-Inch and Large 2-Inch Sizes, Assorted Colors, 450-Count700 Paper Clips,Medium and Jumbo Size,Paperclips for Office School and Personal Use(28 mm,33mm,50 mm) (Silver)700 Paper Clips,Medium and Jumbo Size,Paperclips for Office School and Personal Use(28 mm,33mm,50 mm) (Silver)AmazonBasics Assorted Size and Color Rubber Bands, 0.5 lb.AmazonBasics Assorted Size and Color Rubber Bands, 0.5 lb.BAZIC 465 Multicolor Rubber Bands for School, Home, or Office (Assorted Dimensions 227g/0.5 lbs)BAZIC 465 Multicolor Rubber Bands for School, Home, or Office (Assorted Dimensions 227g/0.5 lbs)Fiskars 23517097J Circle Hand Punch, 1/8 Inch, PurpleFiskars 23517097J Circle Hand Punch, 1/8 Inch, PurpleAmazonBasics Stapler with 1000 Staples - BlackAmazonBasics Stapler with 1000 Staples – Black

Supplies to Help You Organize

  • file folders-we use these for small projects and to create lapbooks
  • binders-have one for each child and for yourself (or by subject)
  • binder clips-keep all your papers neatly organized
  • permanent markers-great for labeling materials
  • pencil pouch or box-store writing utensils and manipulatives

Pendaflex File Folders, Letter Size, 8-1/2Pendaflex File Folders, Letter Size, 8-1/2AmazonBasics AMZ401 File Folders - Letter Size (100 Pack) – Assorted ColorsAmazonBasics AMZ401 File Folders – Letter Size (100 Pack) – Assorted ColorsSamsill 3 Ring Durable View Binders - 8 Pack, 1/2 Inch Round Ring , Non-Stick Customizable Clear Cover, WhiteSamsill 3 Ring Durable View Binders – 8 Pack, 1/2 Inch Round Ring , Non-Stick Customizable Clear Cover, WhiteWilson Jones 1 Inch 3 Ring Binder, Basic Round Ring View Binder, White, 4 Pack (W70362-14W)Wilson Jones 1 Inch 3 Ring Binder, Basic Round Ring View Binder, White, 4 Pack (W70362-14W)DSTELIN Binder Clips Paper Clamps Assorted Sizes 100 Count (Black), X Large, Large, Medium, Small, X Small and Micro, 6 Sizes in One Pack | Meet Your Different Using NeedsDSTELIN Binder Clips Paper Clamps Assorted Sizes 100 Count (Black), X Large, Large, Medium, Small, X Small and Micro, 6 Sizes in One Pack | Meet Your Different Using NeedsSharpie Electro Pop Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 24 CountSharpie Electro Pop Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 24 Count1InTheOffice Pencil Pouch 3 Ring, Black,1InTheOffice Pencil Pouch 3 Ring, Black,1InTheOffice Pencil Pouch 3 Ring, Red & Blue,1InTheOffice Pencil Pouch 3 Ring, Red & Blue,Sterilite Pencil Box with Splash Tint Lid (17224812)Sterilite Pencil Box with Splash Tint Lid (17224812)Emraw Utility Storage Box - Bright Color Multi Purpose Pencil Box for School Supplies Durable Plastic Pencil Box, Small Plastic Pencil Case, Mini Organizer Storage Box (Random 4-Pack)Emraw Utility Storage Box – Bright Color Multi Purpose Pencil Box for School Supplies Durable Plastic Pencil Box, Small Plastic Pencil Case, Mini Organizer Storage Box (Random 4-Pack)Emraw Regal Multipurpose Pencil Box - Assorted Color Dots Pencil Case Box for Organize and Carry Pencils, School Pencil Box Plastic Pencil Case Plastic Stationery Case Box (6-Pack)Emraw Regal Multipurpose Pencil Box – Assorted Color Dots Pencil Case Box for Organize and Carry Pencils, School Pencil Box Plastic Pencil Case Plastic Stationery Case Box (6-Pack)

Paper Products for Your Homeschool Supplies

AmazonBasics 92 Bright Multipurpose Copy Paper - 8.5 x 11 Inches, 5 Ream Case (2,500 Sheets)AmazonBasics 92 Bright Multipurpose Copy Paper – 8.5 x 11 Inches, 5 Ream Case (2,500 Sheets)Oxford Filler Paper, 8-1/2Oxford Filler Paper, 8-1/2AmazonBasics Wide Ruled Loose Leaf Filler Paper, 100-Sheet, 10.5AmazonBasics Wide Ruled Loose Leaf Filler Paper, 100-Sheet, 10.5Pacon Lightweight Construction Paper, 10 Assorted Colors, 9Pacon Lightweight Construction Paper, 10 Assorted Colors, 9Neenah Exact Index, 110 lb, 8.5 x 11 Inches, 250 Sheets, White, 94 BrightnessNeenah Exact Index, 110 lb, 8.5 x 11 Inches, 250 Sheets, White, 94 BrightnessNeenah Creative Collection Classics Specialty Cardstock Starter Kit, 8.5 X 11 Inches, 72 Count (46407-01)Neenah Creative Collection Classics Specialty Cardstock Starter Kit, 8.5 X 11 Inches, 72 Count (46407-01)AmazonBasics Heavy Weight Ruled Index Cards, White, 3x5-Inch, 300-CountAmazonBasics Heavy Weight Ruled Index Cards, White, 3×5-Inch, 300-CountAmazonBasics Ruled Index Cards, Assorted Neon, 3x5-Inch, 300-CountAmazonBasics Ruled Index Cards, Assorted Neon, 3×5-Inch, 300-CountPost-it Super Sticky Notes, Bright Neons, Sticks and Resticks, Lined for to-do lists, 67% Plant-Based Adhesive by Weight, 4 in. x 4 in, 6 Pads/Pack, 90 Sheets/Pad (675-6SSMIA)Post-it Super Sticky Notes, Bright Neons, Sticks and Resticks, Lined for to-do lists, 67% Plant-Based Adhesive by Weight, 4 in. x 4 in, 6 Pads/Pack, 90 Sheets/Pad (675-6SSMIA)

Homeschool Supplies for Creativity & Fun

Crayola Ultimate Crayon Collection, 152 Pieces, Coloring Supplies, Styles May Vary, GiftCrayola Ultimate Crayon Collection, 152 Pieces, Coloring Supplies, Styles May Vary, GiftCrayola Jumbo Crayons 16Count, MulticolorCrayola Jumbo Crayons 16Count, MulticolorCrayola Colored Pencils, 50 Count, Adult ColoringCrayola Colored Pencils, 50 Count, Adult Coloring40 Rolls Washi Tape Set, Decorative Masking DIY Tapes for Children and Gifts Warpping (Mix)40 Rolls Washi Tape Set, Decorative Masking DIY Tapes for Children and Gifts Warpping (Mix)Artlicious - All Purpose Kids' Paint Brush Set (25 Brushes)Artlicious – All Purpose Kids’ Paint Brush Set (25 Brushes)Crayola Washable Watercolor Paint, 16 Colors (Pack of 3)Crayola Washable Watercolor Paint, 16 Colors (Pack of 3)Crayola Artista II Washable Liquid Tempera Paint, Set of 12, 16oz , Assorted Colors (54-8216)Crayola Artista II Washable Liquid Tempera Paint, Set of 12, 16oz , Assorted Colors (54-8216)Crayola Washable Kids' Paint, Includes Glitter Paint, 12Count, Amazon Exclusive, GiftCrayola Washable Kids’ Paint, Includes Glitter Paint, 12CountThe Pencil Grip TPG-604 Kwik Stix Tempera Paint Pack of 24, Grade:Kindergarten to 12, Assorted (Pack of 24)The Pencil Grip TPG-604 Kwik Stix Tempera Paint Pack of 24, Grade:Kindergarten to 12, Assorted (Pack of 24)ALEX Toys Artist Studio 48 Chalk PastelsALEX Toys Artist Studio 48 Chalk PastelsDarice Jumbo Wood Craft Sticks – Natural Color – Perfect for Craft Projects – Sturdy Wood Sticks Used for Kids Projects, Classrooms, Home, Garden and More – 5 3/4” Long, 80 Per PackDarice Jumbo Wood Craft Sticks – Natural Color – Perfect for Craft Projects – Sturdy Wood Sticks Used for Kids Projects, Classrooms, Home, Garden and More – 5 3/4” Long, 80 Per PackDarice Wood Craft Sticks – Multi-Colored – Perfect for Craft Projects – Vibrant Fun Colors – Sturdy Wood Sticks Used for Kids Projects, Classrooms, Home and More – 4 1/2” long, 120 per packDarice Wood Craft Sticks – Multi-Colored – Perfect for Craft Projects – Vibrant Fun Colors – Sturdy Wood Sticks Used for Kids Projects, Classrooms, Home and More – 4 1/2” long, 120 per packDo A Dot Art! Markers 6-Pack Rainbow Washable Paint Markers, The Original Dot MarkerDo A Dot Art! Markers 6-Pack Rainbow Washable Paint Markers, The Original Dot Marker

Helpful Extras for Your Homeschool Supplies

  • erasable pens-my boys and I love using Frixion erasable pens for writing-so smooth and no worries about mistakes!
  • dry erase board-we use dry erase boards and supplies every day in our homeschool. Great for handwriting, solving math problems, fun reminders, and more.
  • dry erase markers
  • dry erase eraser
  • dry erase board spray-or you can make your own dry erase board cleaner with these ideas
  • timer-this simple device can help you focus and be used to motivate kids to get work done
  •  clipboards-great for organizing work and if you homeschool on-the-go
  • loose-leaf rings-use these to organize facts rings and chores

Pilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pens Fine Point (.7) Assorted Color Inks 7-pk; Make Mistakes Disappear, No Need For White Out with America’s #1 Selling Pen BrandPilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pens Fine Point (.7) Assorted Color Inks 7-pk; Make Mistakes Disappear, No Need For White Out with America’s #1 Selling Pen BrandPILOT FriXion Color Sticks Erasable Gel Pens 10-pack of Assorted Colors (32454) Black, Gray, Hunter Green, Blue, Purple, Magenta, Salmon Pink, Red, Orange, Navy, Erase Mistakes without White OutPILOT FriXion Color Sticks Erasable Gel Pens 10-pack of Assorted Colors (32454) Black, Gray, Hunter Green, Blue, Purple, Magenta, Salmon Pink, Red, Orange, Navy, Erase Mistakes without White Out10 Pack Dry Erase Ruled Lap Boards l 9 X12 inch Lined Whiteboard (Double Sided White Boards) Erasers Included10 Pack Dry Erase Ruled Lap Boards l 9 X12 inch Lined Whiteboard (Double Sided White Boards) Erasers Included6 Pack Dry Erase Lap Board 9”X12” | Interactive Learning Whiteboard Educational (Single Sided) Erasers Included6 Pack Dry Erase Lap Board 9”X12” | Interactive Learning Whiteboard Educational (Single Sided) Erasers IncludedMelissa & Doug Magnetic Chalkboard and Dry-Erase Board With 36 Magnets, Chalk, Eraser, and Dry-Erase PenMelissa & Doug Magnetic Chalkboard and Dry-Erase Board With 36 Magnets, Chalk, Eraser, and Dry-Erase PenCrayola Dry Erase Board SetCrayola Dry Erase Board SetCrayola 98-5912 Washable Dry-Erase Fine Line Markers, 12 Classic Colors Non-Toxic Art Tools for Kids & Toddlers 3 & Up, Easy Clean Up, Won't Stain Hands or Clothes, Great for ClassroomsCrayola 98-5912 Washable Dry-Erase Fine Line Markers, 12 Classic Colors Non-Toxic Art Tools for Kids & Toddlers 3 & Up, Easy Clean Up, Won’t Stain Hands or Clothes, Great for ClassroomsEXPO Dry Erase Marker Starter Set, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 6 PieceEXPO Dry Erase Marker Starter Set, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 6 PieceKitchen Timer, 2 Pack Digital Kitchen Timer Magnetic Countdown Stopwatch Timer With Loud Alarm, Big Digit, Back Stand, Hanging Hole for Cooking, Shower, Bathroom, Kids, Teacher - AAA Battery IncludedKitchen Timer, 2 Pack Digital Kitchen Timer Magnetic Countdown Stopwatch Timer With Loud Alarm, Big Digit, Back Stand, Hanging Hole for Cooking, Shower, Bathroom, Kids, Teacher – AAA Battery IncludedColortrak 60 Minute Wind Up Timer, BlackColortrak 60 Minute Wind Up Timer, BlackOfficemate Slim Clipboard Storage Box, Charcoal (83303)Officemate Slim Clipboard Storage Box, Charcoal (83303)Trade Quest Plastic Clipboard Transparent Color Letter Size Low Profile Clip (Pack of 6) (Assorted)Trade Quest Plastic Clipboard Transparent Color Letter Size Low Profile Clip (Pack of 6) (Assorted)SOTOGO 70 Count Book Rings Loose Leaf Binder Ring Key Chain Key Rings,Including 1 Inch 1.2 Inch 1.8 Inch Three SizeSOTOGO 70 Count Book Rings Loose Leaf Binder Ring Key Chain Key Rings,Including 1 Inch 1.2 Inch 1.8 Inch Three SizeCharles Leonard Loose Leaf Rings, 1Charles Leonard Loose Leaf Rings, 1

Get Your Free Homeschool Supplies List to Get Organized & Be Prepared!

Now, I know how tempting it is to put all the things in your cart when it comes to homeschool supplies.

Reminder:  You do NOT need all the things! Determine what’s right for your family and go with that.

I shared our favorites and what works for us. We have a relaxed, eclectic approach to homeschooling with an erratic schedule for multiple ages. (Whew! That’s a mouthful!)

Check out this homeschool supplies list and keep the things that you want to try or need. You can use the blank list to create your custom shopping list and/or use it to record what you purchase.

You can print out as many copies as you need. If you have a friend who you think could benefit from this free printable activity, please share the link to this post with them ?

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This free printable homeschool supplies list will help you get ready for the new year, save time, & money!

Okay, now I want to know all about your recommendations and suggestions!
What would you add to this list? 

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2 Comments

  1. I would definitely add a paper cutter! I am always needing to cut out cards, games, manipulatives, craft pieces, etc. Unfortunately, I am still on the lookout for a good one!

  2. Hey Ginette! Oh yes, a paper cutter is a fabulous homeschool supply. I have one from Recollections (I got it at Michaels-with one of those coupons lol!). I have a few friends that swear by Fiskars brand for paper cutters https://amzn.to/2Izepkw (aff link)
    If you end up finding a great paper cutter, please come back & share 🙂

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