Simply Charlotte Mason Homeschooling - Your Questions Answered: Favorite School Supplies for a Charlotte Mason Home School

Today, we want to tackle a fun topic: school supplies for a Charlotte Mason education. We already talked about what we consider back-to-school essentials for the mom, and those are more the attitudes that set the atmosphere of your home. But today we want to get down and practical with “What are some school supplies?”—some […] Your Questions Answered: Favorite School Supplies for a Charlotte Mason Home School originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

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Welcome to the simply Charlotte Mason podcast. I'm Sonya Shafer today. We want to tackle a fun topic school supplies for a Charlotte Mason education. So we'll be coming from that angle of a Charlotte Mason approach. Now, we already talked about what we consider back to school Essentials for the mom and those are more of attitude that sets the atmosphere of your home. But today we want to get down and practical with what are some school supplies. Some of you asked us that give us some school supplies that we like to use in a Charlotte Mason homeschool. So joining me today or my friends and co-workers Jen Foss and Laura Pitney, and we're going to share some of the school supplies that we consider fun necessary and helpful.

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Who wants to start?

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Well, I guess.

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What we Charlotte Mason Educators sometimes think of is fun. Maybe not everybody does books are so fun thinking about this those those three divisions. Yeah. I think the line just gets blurred sometimes right because some things maybe some of us will consider necessary where some of them just consider them helpful are fun. So I think it all kind of runs together somewhere, but I know one thing that Laura and I were talking about that we both use and her plan together in the past many years ago and it's evolved but that's the idea of our binders that we use and I call it family block. What do you guys call her? It's kind of changed over the morning is calling my morning time or family time, right? Okay, so but it's the idea of some of those things like our scripture Memory.

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Is in there are folk songs are hymns copies of those things are poetry. That's all in one binder and each of my kids have one even smaller ones know my two-year-old doesn't have one yet, but my five-year-old little guy has one because he wants to feel like he's part of things and he'll even open it to the right page even though he can't read at all but it makes him feel like he's a part of things and so it's this really wonderful tool that kind of just binds us together and we put extra things in there that maybe you were working on as a family just like knowing our address and Mom and Dad's phone numbers and in that kind of thing. So it's that's been a wonderful tool for us over the years for myself as well. So I would deem it necessary has our schedule for the day. Even for the week. I have a tab for the long-term goals for that school year per kid, so

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Is my collection of what is supposed to happen for the school year, so I even have my personal memory binder and so every day I open my thoughts are clear. I refer to that schedule under the 1st Cav and slip it open and it has everything they were supposed to do for that day. And what kids are supposed to be doing with the physical binder is huge and on the left side. Once I open it. I have my dry erase board that nobody is allowed to touch cuz it's mine and my dry erase marker and the napkin or something. I just feel like practically for me. I'm always needing something to grab quick to explain something or maybe to illustrate something or just a versus using a ton of paper. I just have found that using you know of

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Eight-by-ten type size dry erase board is really handy to have now the kids have some to you but I have my own that I have. So yeah, I use the one I use this every day with my daughter at the blank on one side. We can use for spelling words when she transcribe something then I'll say okay now look carefully at these words and then we're going to close the book and I want you to write them here or like last time I wanted to show her the relationship between please and pleasant. So I wrote them both on here or had her write them both and pointed out how you make one to the other so the blank side use it all the time. And then the other side is fabulous for math with the grid pattern. It helps us keep our numbers neat keep everything aligned for place value. Yeah. I highly recommend one of these absolutely let me go back to your binders for a moment.

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Do you empty it out and have a new one every term every year do you just keep adding to it? How does that work for me? The first few Tabs are the current year or the current?

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Memory work or whatever is applicable to today whatever reason today and then come like the scripture Memory system and graduates to the back and I have like Master tabs for all we've learned all the Bible verses they've learned all the poems they've learned. So mine is a combination of both the front of it is stuff. We're working on now and then the back is there Master copies of all the things I've learned. So that's what I do. Is that how you did I do something similar mine has just grown they keep getting fatter and fatter and so at some point I feel like we're going to have to graduate to a sticker binder I guess but like my little guy he has not been there for all the lessons for these different things. But as a part of our family culture as we keep reviewing the different hands in a different folk songs in the different versus scripture verses he he hears them in at some point. I think, you know, they will just become a part of him as well. Yes, so I keep it all.

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And I'm the way I do. Mine is mine are all in page protectors. Everything is in page protector. So it was kind of an investment at the beginning but now I just add to it at the beginning of each year. I put everything in for the year and sometimes it doesn't all get done but I have you know my goal for the year and so I put all the new things in there and mine. I just took a Sharpie and they have page numbers on the side behind scripture. It just has a payee, you know, each one has a page number. So what we'll do is one day we'll be practicing or knew him and and then the next day we'll review something and I'll often just let my kids shoes. So they'll look through the hems and they all have their favorites and so they'll say is Paige 5 and so will all turn to all of our binders match so will all turn to hymns page 5 and sing that one so yes, I mind just grows over time.

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Great. Those are great ideas. Another thing that I thought of four.

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School supplies if you will, of course a bookcase. I mean the first thing that came to mind was living books, but those are not technically supplies those are curriculum. So we're sitting curriculum aside for the bookcase. That's where I store everything that we are using all the books all of the notebooks all of the pencils. I store. Another thing I put up there is my bag of coins that we use for Mass everyday. We also have jars with buttons and other everyday objects that we use for math, but it's all on that one shelf for the one student that I have currently so I know exactly where it is and we have our weekly schedule there so that when we come to the schoolroom, she looks at the schedule and see what's that for that day, and then she goes to the shelf and pulls off the resources that we're going to need and puts them on the table for us. So bookcase definitely huge.

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You can never have too many bookcases. You can also never have enough pens and pencils because they go missing.

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talking about

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we want our kids to be responsible what have their little pencil box where they keep up with their pencils or Little Caesars. Maybe they're colored pencil to get out to get get a sip of water or go to the bathroom. It's going to take their pencil with them and then you're going to spend ten minutes looking for practically having something on her school table that just has all the extra pens and pencils to where I don't have to waste time hunting for that pencil that fell on the ground or got left on the kitchen counter or wherever so the extra supplies that you're using multiple times during the day. I just I just keep extra and then at the end of the day, we round them up and a pencil sharpener is super important. So I just use mechanical pencil.

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That way I deal with it. I do like mechanical pencils with some of my kids in the electric pencil sharpener. That was a game-changer when I had all my girls at home. That's a great background noise along the lines of pens and pencils. I asked a couple of my children. What do you think are the Nina the most fun supplies that we have and I need my 15 year old is so he loves pens. He loves them Sprite and but there are these erasable pens. I think they're called friction friction pens. I'm sure there are other kinds as well. But these erasable pens have really been helpful and fun because even the younger ones we tend not to want to give them pens.

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But letting them use the pens for some things and then still having it be erasable has been really helpful. So that's something fun that my little ones them to you sometime Wroten from Logan. There's a I must permission that we're giving them to be creative even with the type of supplies. We give them their own personalities. Yeah, if something is it might not be the way we use it or would use it but it's need to see that when you were showing your bored with the blank on one side and the graph paper on another side. I would say another are absolutely necessary Supply is your notebooks that go along with your different subjects and when we started using it for some things we use a blank notebook for some reason.

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And then for math, we use the graph notebooks and when we started using the graph paper notebooks for all of their math lessons in from my little ones on up to my high schoolers. That was very very helpful. Also notebooks of definitely having the right tight to match sure the use of it for the subjects and makes a lot of sense see how your nature notebook you got the stick paper blank. So you can paint if you want to or Draw your book of centuries, it helps to have that graph of a century at a glance all those different notebooks and we've done another episode on notebooking that will leave a link in the show notes for everybody on that Charlotte Mason Style. No booking. Yes.

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Having to do with art and music because not every homeschool includes those things but some way to display the work of art that you studied that week. My father made me a gorgeous adjustable easel that has pride of place in our living room. And so it can adjust to just a regular 8 and 1/2 11 or it can go up to those big coffee table art books that are all big like this. We haven't opened a one-page and it'll accommodate that. So I also know some parents use some kind of frames that they can take out the artwork and put in the new one very easily. So whatever you use some way to exhibit & display the picture study for the week is one thing and then the other thing is some way to play your music for your music study.

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whether it's

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an old here CD player case.

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But whether it's a CD player or if it's a Bluetooth speaker, so there ya that you can hook up with your phone. So you can play your music study music. I think those are essential school supplies as well. I agree. Our Bluetooth speaker is very very helpful. And especially if you have a lot of children and you're trying to eat we will offer some player music during lunch time or when we're eating as a background for when were just listening to it, you know, just to repeat it and I'm not Bluetooth speaker is very very helpful for sure. And when you were talking about your easel, another thing that I was reminded of that is really helpful, we have some book stands little book stands that just fold up flat and you can pull the legs out and they use it for their copy work or when they're doing drawing they can put the book.

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In the stands and do drawing and that has been really really helpful because they just fold up really Compact and they stick them right in their little basket where they keep their notebook until it's easier to see ya rather than having it lay flat and then you're hunched over to keep it over. Yeah. It's been a really really helpful tool for us. And so we have multiple of them because you have multiple kids your homeschooling at the time. Yeah forever.

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Of course maps and globes will throw that in years ago. We started I don't even remember where we got him, but it was a placemat size that was laminated. And when was the map of the world flip it over? It was a map of the United States and those are just so easy to have on the school table or whatever you're doing school evolved into any time to do an arts and crafts go get the map. Make sure the mats under whatever your coloring or painting to protect the table or whatever said, I mean, those are super necessary in my mind for multiple reasons, right? I agree and we have we have some bigger maps in our Homeschool Room. And then I do keep the place Maps we keep on our kitchen table and that's been really helpful because you find yourself talking about different things maybe a dinner or and if it's right there if it's maybe in another room,

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You may not take that extra step of let's go get the map and look at where we're talking about. But if it's right there on the table and you're sitting there eating it's so easy to just pull it out and to make geography part of everyday life, which is what it should be. Some friends of ours have a big whiteboard on the wall, and then they have Maps also that are hung over it so you can just pull down whatever map you want in front of the Whiteboard or let it up pull down the next one. You want later. I think that's heavy duty Maps right there.

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Anything else another thing that has been really helpful for me and I know I've talked about it before so I apologize but it's the timers timers are really necessary in my house. So and I would say two different things a visual timer, which that's when I know I've talked about before but it's it's a timer with a clock on it and you you can see it'll turn red. If you set it for 30 minutes, it shows 30 minutes of red and then it slowly goes away. So the kids can look at it and see how long they have for a given subject and said that's been really helpful. And then I also set timers on my phone for different things kind of those the non-negotiables of the day. So we have an idea of how we want everything to go but most of it is kind of a not necessarily a crazy strict schedule like oh you have one minute and then we're starting this but more of a this is what comes next. This is what comes next and trying to keep that principle of the short lessons, but some things are kind of the pigs of the day that the

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That's what happens when you know is Eastern time since and so the timer on my phone has been helpful for that. I used sometimes use that to remind myself. I did back when I had all the kids at home. I would do that to remind myself when I need to go get lunch started cuz otherwise he know your head down focused and suddenly it's 1 and everybody stomach is growling and I forgot, you know, so that can be helpful. I also saw after we talked about the visual timers. I saw that you can get an app on your phone. That is a visual timer.

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You're really quiet. Is that make up for the CD player necessary and fun to tell me where that thanks so much for all of your ideas. I hope all of these school supplies are helpful for you and necessary and fun and I hope that this will help you to prepare your school setting to give your children a Charlotte Mason education and hope your day is going a little more smoother and easier.

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