Baby Step 5

Dear Mama, If you're feeling overwhelmed about starting the homeschooling year, come join us on our baby steps path to a peaceful home and rhythm.  Start at baby step 1!  Love, Kelly

Today I want you to make a list of supplies that you need for your homeschooling year and schedule a time to order them.

Turn to the supply list page in the curriculum resource that you’re using (if you aren’t using one or don’t have it yet scroll down for a basic list).  You might like to print it if you’re using a digital curriculum, or photocopy the page if you’re using a hardcopy.  If you’re planning for multiple children I recommend making a compiled list in your planning journal so everything you need is in one place.

Go through your supply list and check off anything that you already have from previous years. Check on your supplies of paints, crayons, chalk, and paper and make a note of what you need to re-order before the start of the year.

Then set an appointment on your calendar to do your supply shopping.  This always takes me longer than I think!  If you like to buy your supplies for the whole semester or year ahead I recommend you set aside one evening this week to order everything you need.  If you prefer to work with a monthly supply budget and shop as you go then set a recurring monthly time in your calendar and highlight just the items on your list that you most need to get started.

That’s it!  If you want to celebrate and find motivation with other awesome mamas, head over to this post on facebook and let us know when you have your supply list ready!

P.S.  I promised you a basic supply list for Waldorf-inspired homeschooling.  Here it is:

For kindergarten, start with homemade playdough, drawing or copy paper and crayons, and resources for songs/fingerplays/stories for you to learn and then teach your child.  When you are ready, add in beeswax modeling clay, watercolor painting supplies (watercolor paper, 1-inch wide brushes, Stockmar paints in Circle Red, Circle Blue, and Circle Yellow, painting boards), yarn for fingerknitting, and whatever you need for simple seasonal crafts.

For first and second grade, start with large drawing paper and/or main lesson books, beeswax crayons (sticks and blocks), bulky yarn and knitting needles (or dowels to make your own), beanbags, math manipulatives (acorns or mancala stones work well), and resources for songs/fingerplays/stories for you to learn and then teach your child.  When you’re ready, add beeswax modeling clay, watercolor painting supplies (same as for kindergarten - watercolor paper, 1-inch wide brushes, Stockmar paints in Circle Red, Circle Blue, and Circle Yellow, painting boards), a large chalkboard and chalk, and a simple musical instrument (penny whistle, pentatonic flute, or soprano recorder).