I cannot believe we have completed our first month of our 5th homeschool year! It makes me feel old and excited all at the same time. As a new homeschooler, I was flying by the seat of my pants, now as a veteran of a few successful years I have a slightly better idea what to expect. At least with my younger two.
Through the years there have been a few things that have become very important to our homeschool. I shared before my top three curriculum picks, so I wanted to share three things I couldn’t homeschool without.
This globe is very important to me. I was very close with my grandfather who passed away in 2009. After his death, I was given two things. One was a nativity set that he had promised me before he got sick. We put it up every Christmas. The other, was this globe, given to me by my grandmother since we homeschooled. She told me to take it, and remind my kids of their grandfather every time we used it. Can one homeschool without a globe? Yes, there are maps and other items you could use instead. But for me, I couldn’t imagine homeschooling without this particular globe.
My Well Planned Day Planner
My first few years of homeschooling we used Heart of Dakota and I never had a planner. I didn’t even miss having one. Then, when we left Heart of Dakota I wanted to get something to help me plan out my days. Now, I can’t imagine homeschooling without My Well Planned Day Planner.
I don’t technically “plan” ahead. I write in each day what we have done while grading papers. It keeps me on task with attendance, and has a place in the back to record grades. At the end of the day when I feel like we’ve done nothing….I can look at this and see what all we have accomplished. I love it, and plan to purchase one every year that we homeschool. You can go here to read my review on the Well Planned Day Planner.
I will never, ever, deny the fact that I am a caffeine addict. It used to be Diet Dew, then I made the switch to Diet Pepsi (it was supposed to minimize my caffeine intake, it didn’t work…). Some people like coffee (yuck!), I like my Diet Pepsi. I honestly don’t think I would make it through my homeschool day without it. Well, I probably could….but I wouldn’t want to!
What couldn’t you homeschool without?