Writing Supplies for Homeschooling

If you purchase the Oak Meadow curriculum for your child, they’ll have a nice, concise list for you about what writing materials you will need for your child throughout the school year. I thought I’d share what we used and then some extras that supported our children with writing in the two years we homeschooled.

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I’ll begin with an extra that is really exciting to me as a budding writer. I wish I had had something like this to publish works as a child. This isn’t a staple item by any means. It’s definitely more of a splurge but our children receive them about every other year at a holiday because they are such a creative and physical way to manifest a writing piece. In the Lulu Story Making Kit, children can draft a story and then use the assorted pages to craft it. There are pages for illustrations only, illustrations with writing and just writing. There is a page to design the cover of the book and a place for parents/children to submit a photo and blurb for their bio section.

Before beginning the program, I hadn’t heard of crayons made out of beeswax. Beeswax crayons are smoother than regular crayons. When your child colors, draws, doodles or scribes you can take comfort in knowing that you’ve chosen an alternative to paraffin-based crayons which have shown to be potentially risky for your kid’s health.

Spiral-bound sketch pads serve as the portfolio of work your child creates throughout the year. Everything they do can be written, painted, glued, stapled, whatever right into this notebook. Then, when it comes time to submit work to the State to prove your child has learned the content required to move onto the next grade, you have everything you need in one location. Each state has their own requirements. In Vermont, if you aren’t using a teacher to test your child at the end of the year, you have to submit a portfolio of work for each subject area from multiple times during the school year. I had to write a narrative report (about 1 page) for each child and take pictures of content in their notebooks to show mastery of a concept.

Watercolor paints and watercolor paint tubes play into this curriculum all year long. To this day, we continue to use them for art projects. They are versatile, inexpensive, and vibrant. They’re easy to clean up and they can be used at just about any age. If you purchase the Crayola ones, they are of course non-toxic and safe for little ones.

Watercolor paper was a new concept for me at the time. What a gamechanger when it comes to painting! This paper has groves in it that keeps the watercolor paint from spreading all over the page, as traditional printer paper or sketch paper can do. It does allow some spread as necessary for watercolor beauty. It is also much stronger than other kinds of paper and won’t rip with the amount of water it takes to paint this way.

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