Last week, I read a great post over at Homegrown Learners where she shared her 5 favorite resources for homeschooling. It’s a fun list and has items that might not immediately come to mind. Her list really got me thinking about what some of our favorite favorite resources are in our home. Items on her list are some of our favorites so I only included new ones here.
My list, like the list above, does not include curriculum choices. If you homeschool with any curriculum (or if you don’t homeschool), there are items on this list you would enjoy with your family. In no particular order, here are four of my favorite resources for homeschooling.
- Library Cards. I’m pretty sure the library is one of our favorite places to go and is used more than anything else in our homeschooling. We have a slight library addiction here, and getting a library card is a rite of passage. A good library is so invaluable; I wrote a whole post about it.
- Large U.S. and World Maps hanging right by the dining room table. I bought large, laminated maps like these a few years ago at a homeschool convention intending to hang them in the school room. As soon as Seth saw the maps, he hung them up right by the dining room table, and frankly, I thought he was nuts. Now, I’m singing a different tune. The incredible conversations we have had as well as the amount of map studying has been amazing. We would have missed out on a lot if we had to go to a different room to check the map or find an atlas on a shelf somewhere.
- Magnifying glasses. My children have studied and explored everything from bugs and plants to our fingerprints with magnifying glasses. Their observation skills have been sharpened and their wonder at the world around them encouraged. We have lots of different kinds, but my favorites are like these.
- Games. Games like Ticket To Ride, Word on the Street, PitchCar (which is apparently hard to come by at the moment and therefore quite pricey), The Settlers of Catan, and Bang have enriched our learning. The kids have learned critical thinking skills, practiced math, and followed complicated directions. We also have had lots of time to work on skills like playing fairly and being a gracious loser (or winner). Our game closet is awfully full, and I have a feeling will only keep getting more packed.
What are some of your favorites?