Essential Homeschool Shopping List – Must-Have Items for Back-to-School

The must-have items to include on your homeschool shopping list this year.

Can you believe it’s almost the beginning of another school year?  Do you know what’s on your homeschool shopping list for the upcoming year?

We are a year-round homeschooling family.  Our school year typically finishes at the end of July and then starts up again at the beginning of September.

I love back-to-school season because I can find so many amazing school essentials wondering around Target or Walmart.  As a homeschool teacher, this is one of my favorite times of the year.

There’s so much promise with a new school year.  You’re starting new books when you’re done and burnt out from the last school year’s curriculum.  You’re picking up new folders, decorations, crafts, and so much more.

Below, I have created a homeschool supply list of our favorite items that we always have on hand during the school year.

Many items on our homeschool supplies list were purchased during our first year of homeschooling.  We still have (and use) these homeschool essentials to this day.

This is our 7th year of homeschooling!  I can’t believe it.  I never imagined that I would homeschool my kids as a former public school student.

Let’s go over some of the must-haves for homeschooling.  I recommend grabbing some of these homeschool supplies from your local dollar store, Target, or Walmart to save the most money.

Here are a few extra things to help you get started with homeschooling:

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The ultimate homeschool shopping list

Must-have homeschool supply list for the teacher

These are homeschool essentials that you may want to purchase to make your homeschool days go more smoothly.  They will make teaching more convenient and thorough.

Teacher planner – I use a teacher planner made by Erin Condren.  I have tried many different planners over the years and her planners are my absolute favorite.

Laminator – My laminator was one of the first items I purchased at the beginning of my homeschool journey.  It still works seven years later, and I use it all of the time.

Printer – A printer is probably the most essential big-ticket item on this list.  I use it a few times every week.  I wouldn’t survive teaching my kids without it.  I recommend purchasing one that includes a scanner in case you need to scan documents for submitting your records at the end of each school year.

Computer paperThis will be cheaper to purchase through Target or Walmart.  I go through a ton of computer paper because I am always printing out worksheets, tests, and papers.  I try to do a lot of our work digitally to save paper, but with homeschooling you really need the printouts to show proof of work for your records.

Curriculum – Check out our 4th grade homeschool curriculum choices and 7th grade homeschool curriculum and schedule.

Accordion folder – This can help you organize worksheets, printables, etc.

Mechanical pencils – These are a must for me.  I prefer to use mechanical pencils because you never have to sharpen them.  They are more convenient.

Red pen – I use these to grade papers.

Paper cutter 

Dry erase pockets – These are great to hold your student’s art work without damaging them in a folder.  You can also put in reusable worksheets then have your kids write on the outside using a dry erase marker.


Timer – This comes in handy for so many activities.  It can be used to time students for a test or game, to keep them on track with their school work, or for many other ideas.

Homeschool essentials for the student

These homeschool must-have items are things you may want to have on hand for your children.

Student planner – We love using Erin Condren’s planners!  Giving your students their own planner allows them to learn independence and responsibility by making a plan for their day and executing that plan.

White board with dry erase markers and eraser – Students can use this to practice writing, play games such as sight word hangman, and more.  Teachers can use it to show math problems and illustrate concepts.

Kids scissors – Learning to use scissors is very important at the preschool and Kindergarten level.  Make sure to get kid-friendly scissors to keep little ones from hurting themselves while they get used to them.

Hole puncher – A necessity to hole punch and put papers inside of our binders.

Glue sticks



Ticonderoga #2 Pencils 

Pencil sharpener

Colored pencils


Wide Ruled paper

Handwriting paperThis is great for those who are in elementary school and are beginning to learn how to write.

Composition notebooks – We use these notebooks for nature journaling, journaling, Spanish, and pretty much any other subject that involves writing.

3 Ring Binders – I like to organize my kids’ school work by subject using 3 ring binders.  I love using 3 ring binders to keep all of our work from the school year in one place so it doesn’t get misplaced or destroyed.

Magnetic letters and boardThese are wonderful for elementary age students to use for spelling and phonics.

Homeschool supplies list for the classroom

This homeschool supply list includes various items that you may need in the classroom.

Laptop – If you need a laptop, I recommend against purchasing a Chromebook as some programs and apps may not work on them.  We learned that the hard way when our one year old Chromebook wasn’t compatible with Florida Virtual School a few years ago.

Tablet – You may also want to choose a tablet to use for the school year.  We like the two below the most.


Desk and chair – A lot of homeschool families do school on the living room couch or the dining room table.  But if you prefer a more independent set up or a more school-like environment, you may want to get a desk and chair set up for your child to use instead.  My oldest son works at his own private desk, while I work with my youngest at our dining room table.

Schedule pocket chart for the wall – This is great for showing at what times you are going to be doing what subjects.  Having a routine is a key to successful homeschooling (and parenting) because when kids know what to expect, they are less likely to resist school or have behavioral problems.


Desk organizer


Calendar and Weather Chart – This chart is great for teaching kids the different types of weather as well as how to use and read a calendar.


Educational posters – We have these posters up in our school area and review them a few times a week.  You may want to use them as decor for your classroom that also doubles as learning materials.


Dictionary – You might think who uses a real dictionary these days when we have the internet.  If you don’t mind your kids looking up unknown words on their phones or tablets, then you could skip this one.


Storage – I own the colorful rolling storage cart you see below and it is one of my favorite things in our homeschool room.  Why?  Because I can move it anywhere at any time and it’s so convenient.

Fun homeschool supplies

These are some of the best things to have on your homeschool shopping list to make your days more exciting for your kids.

Glue gunI love my glue gun with a passion.  It makes my life so much easier when we’re doing crafts.

Construction paper


Watercolor paints

Tempura paint

Treasure chest (for younger grades) – I have used a treasure chest for both of my kids for the first few years of school.  It gets them excited about learning and rewards them for a job well done.  You can fill it with stickers, small toys, candy, and other small items that your kids would be excited to receive.


This is a great back to school homeschool shopping list to get you started on your homeschool supply list.  What else would you add?


back to school homeschool shopping list



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