This week’s 10 in 10 theme is, “Your top 10 must have items”.
When it comes to our unschooling life, what are the things that we consider essential to learning? What do you consider “must have” for your homeschool?
1. Art & Craft Supplies
If you were to walk into our home on any given day, you will more than likely encounter one of us creating some kind of art or handicraft. The arts are big in our house.
Over 3/4 of our bookshelf space is dedicated to art & craft supplies.
Some of the supplies I consider essential:
- A good set of watercolor paints
- Colored pencils
- Beads and jewelry making supplies
- colors, markers, pencils, pens
- Duct tape (Raven makes wallets and other crafts with it)
- Air dry clay
This one is kind of a no-brainer. Computers are the best tools for unschooling! I use funny videos and interesting websites to spark my kids’ curiosity about different topics I think they might like.
The girls each have their own computer that they use to play games, research ideas, connect with friends, and learn with.
3. Bible Study Tools
We love studying the Bible together as a family, so having good Bible study tools is important to us. We love our Narrated Bible in Chronological Order and our Wonder Story Book for the younger kids.
4. A Place to Enjoy Nature
When we are not on our computers or making art, I need a place where I can kick the kids outside for some fresh air!
Having a backyard where my kids can play, explore, and experience nature is an essential on my list.
5. Kid-friendly Food
A LOT of learning happens in the kitchen. I want to make sure that my kids feel comfortable with preparing and cooking food for themselves because it provides self sufficiency and valuable math and thinking skills.
I make sure to stock plenty of appealing, easy to prepare foods- and make sure my kids are aware that they can utilize the kitchen. Some of their favorite items to prepare are scrambled eggs, macaroni and cheese, fruit smoothies, frozen fruit treats, and of course pb&j’s.
Games add quality family time, plus they spice up life! We love every kind of game in our family. And what is not to love when they foster math, critical thinking, language skills, reasoning, problem solving, and sportsmanship!
Paper gets its own category on this list. We love paper!
- Watercolor paper
- Sketch books
- Printer paper
- Notebooking pages
- Recycled paper
- Scrapbook paper
- Tracing paper
- Old magazines and calendars
Unschooling doesn’t always lend itself to easy academic recording. I don’t have neat plans that say what we will be learning and from what resources.
That is why I have a camera– to capture the learning moments so we have proof that the kids are progressing.
9. Audio Books
When I am too tired to read to the kids at bedtime, we turn on an audio book. When we ride on long trips in the car, audio books keep us entertained and give us something to discuss. The girls would not have heard half the literature they did if it were not for audio books!
10. An Over-sized, Well-worn Table
When everyone in the family has their own interests, hobbies, pursuits, and schedules, the one thing that can bring them all together is a place to work at. I love having a big table because it is the only place in our house where we have room to paint, sew, lay out card decks we are working on, build legos without brother destroying them, and more.
Our table brings us together, and so I consider it a foundational part of our learning adventure.
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