What Every Homeschool Mom Really Wants This Holiday Season

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Written by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley of My Little Poppies

Kara and I were going to take the month of December off, to do all of the things Melissa suggested, and to work a little bit behind the scenes here at The Homeschool Sisters Podcast.

But, we received a question this week and, after chatting about it, it seemed like the time is NOW to answer it.

Because this is the time of year when we tend to acquire a lot of stuff and, unfortunately, a lot of the stuff isn’t necessarily helpful. And so if this post can help you politely suggest an alternative when your husband/mother/sister-in-law inquires, that’s wonderful! If not, just save it in your back pocket and use it as a wish list. Start small and go from there.

What Every Homeschool Mom REALLY Wants this Holiday Season

Dear Homeschool Sisters, 

Hi! I’m a mom of a 2.5 year old. We have felt a calling for homeschooling and are slowly learning and preparing our world to better accommodate a future homeschool environment. This mostly consists of learning to take care of all those mom tasks without a “kid’s at school” break and picking good toys and tools that will last for many years to come. I’m an avid podcast listener and love the inspiration you give even though we are not officially to the homeschooling age. As the holiday season approaches I’d love to hear about tools you find beneficial as a parent/homeschool educator/mom. We’ve got some of the basic educational toys but I’m just wondering what might be good to put on my wish list for long term use (example laminator). Thanks for all your encouragement and inspiration. I find it so beneficial even during these younger years.

~ J.

What we all *REALLY* Want

Now, let’s be honest here. This is what we REALLY want:

  • Peace and quiet
  • 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep
  • A clean kitchen
  • An empty laundry hamper
  • A dinner fairy
  • A fantastic, available, and affordable babysitter
  • An amazing expense-free vacation in a tropical locale

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This post will get you none of these things. I’m sorry. I wish I could.

(I can, however, offer you a delicious Adult Granola recipe before delving into the other things that every homeschooling mom wants.)

The only thing we *REALLY* Need

I truly believe that the only thing you need to homeschool is a library card. Honestly. Read everything, read everywhere, and talk about it. That’s an amazing education right there.

But… we all have a wish list, don’t we?

What homeschool mamas really want

Kara and I sat down (I wish I could say this happened in person, but alas…) and chatted about all of our favorite homeschool resources and tools, past and present. We are listing our favorites here today in hopes that it helps a fellow homeschool mama. When you are finished reading, we’d love to hear your absolute favorites. Let’s all help J grow her wish list!

must-have basics

Before I dive into the fun stuff, here are the basics:


FOR THE SCHOOL ROOM

Here is a smattering of some of the tools that have helped our families on this homeschool journey:



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Books for the Homeschool mom

It’s important for homeschool moms to engage in professional development. Yes, you can call it that, sisters! Here are some of our favorites:


What Every Homeschool Mom REALLY Wants this Holiday Season best homeschool resources

favorite gadgets

You don’t need these gadgets, but gadgets are fun!



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Apparel

Speaking of fun, did you know we now have a Zazzle store? We are filling it with homeschool apparel and gear… and we take requests! Here are two of our favorites, but be sure to check out the others and send us your wish list!



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best educational toys

In my experience, kids can learn oodles and bunches with a cardboard box. You don’t have to spend a ton (one year I made a $5 Tinker Kit and my kids play with it all the time), but if Gram is asking what she can get the kids, here are some of our favorites:



What Every Homeschool Mom REALLY Wants this Holiday Season best homeschool resources

art supplies

One of the many homeschooling perks is the ability to explore the arts. Here are a few of our favorite supplies:


games

Gameschooling totally counts as school, and the holidays are the perfect time to build that game closet. Games make perfect gifts!

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nature essentials

Here are a few of our favorite tools for exploring nature with children:

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Sensory play for little ones

If you are homeschooling multiple ages, it can be challenging to teach with little ones underfoot. These can help:



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Did you know you can support the homeschool sisters podcast without spending any extra?

Many listeners have asked how they can support The Homeschool Sisters Podcast. The answer is a simple one. Do you shop online? Click our link first. You won’t pay any extra, but a small percentage goes toward The Homeschool Sisters Podcast to help offset our expenses. Every little bit counts, and we are so grateful for your support!

Kara wrote a great post about how affiliate links work, and if you’d like to do your holiday shopping we have listed our affiliates here in one handy-dandy spot. We will be adding to them over time so be sure to check back!

Now, it’s your turn. Tell us: What is on your homeschool wish list? Share here!

WHAT EVERY HOMESCHOOL MOM REALLY WANTS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

A QUICK REMINDER…

This is our last post for 2016 but fear not- we will be back in 2017 with so many plans! In the meantime, send us your questions and your favorite holiday hacks.

Have a fantastic New Year!

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2 thoughts on “What Every Homeschool Mom Really Wants This Holiday Season

  1. Homeschool Literature says:

    This is an amazing list!! I love how comprehensive it is. Planners, YES! So much yes. 🙂 And an eReader…they really are the BEST. I adore my eReader. And all those gift ideas for kids…definitely keeping this list handy!

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