Favorite PRACTICAL Homeschool Items

by Janny Jackson

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These items are some of my most favorite and loved items we have added to our homeschool that help things run smoother. Whether you are shopping for your home, or for a gift for another, these items are sure to be excellent tools for all ages:

Electric Pencil Sharpener

I was given this exact one as a gift, and it was one of the best gifts I have ever gotten for our homeschool. I didn’t realize how much of an asset it would be to us until we put it to use.

3 Tier Rolling Cart

I have one cart for me, and another for my kids, and these have been extremely helpful for us. My cart houses teacher manuals, books required for our separate subjects, our read aloud books, my writing supplies, and group subject curriculums. The kid’s cart has drawers where their individual subjects each have a drawer. Each (older) kid has their own side, and this has been so helpful for keeping things organized and giving the kids the responsibility of taking out and putting away their own work. If you don’t have anywhere else to store school supplies, these alone will give you all the storage you will need.


We use our globe often as we study history and geography. It comes in handy with small kids to help give them a visual of what we are learning.

Counting Bears

No matter the age, all kids love using these counting bears as manipulatives for math and counting.


I have this exact laminator and have used it dozens of times with excellent results every time.

Don’t forget Laminating Pouches

Ticonderoga Pencils

These are a little more bulky than a normal pencil which make them great for pencil grip and they have flat sides to help prevent rolling off of the table.

Bookmark and Reading Timer

My son absolutely loves this bookmark timer, there are many options available to personalize for your reader.


My son started using a dictionary for definitions this year and we love this one. It is compact and perfect for our needs.


I have been using this planner since I started homeschooling and I don’t see any need to move away from it. It is undated, simple, and can be personalized, with plenty of space for writing and notes.

Etsy Print (Printed out and framed)

I added this print to our homeschool wall at the beginning of our school year and I will never take it down. Print it out at home on cardstock, frame it in a simple picture frame, and you have an instant beautiful piece of art for your homeschool wall.

Magazine Holders

I unfortunately could not find the specific ones I have, but there are MANY options available, at many different price points. These are amazing for holding spiral bound books that don’t stand on their own, as well as loose papers, or even just grouping one subject together to keep things organized. I highly recommend these for every homeschool space. They are very helpful for organizing on the rolling carts as well.

Label Maker

I bought this exact label maker at the beginning of the school year and have used it many times already. It is a great tool to have to keep things orderly, and to be able to find things easily.

I hope these ideas were helpful for you, or for someone you may be buying a gift for.

Let me know below what you would gift a homeschooler, or buy for your homeschool, and if you have any other ideas to add to this list!

As always, thanks for being here!

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