Homeschool Prep For Parents Who’d Rather Eat Their Young Than Homeschool Them

This post is sponsored by Walmart, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Two weeks ago we were still on the fence about what school would look like this year, so I was preparing for in-person instruction.  Wishful thinking, I know! For many parents all over the country, however, it’s looking like we will be relegated to  Pandemic Schooling otherwise known as Quarantine Homeschool. While I’d prefer to send my son to school, his health (and mine) comes first so I’ve come up with a shortlist of homeschool supplies you’ll want to have handy should you find yourself in this position. 

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Yes, I know. The kids will be sitting at home, so why do they need new duds? Well, for one, whether they go to school or not, our kids are growing.  Also, not for nothing, my kid gets into the school spirit when he has some new clothes and school supplies, so why not hit up Walmart back to school fashion for some new gear? The prices are right, and at least we know this year our kiddos won’t be burning holes into the knees of their pants! I like to go shopping for my kid twice a year: early fall, and late spring. Now is the perfect time to get in on some Walmart Rollback action. Oh and check out this post HERE for more back-to-school fashion.

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Check out this backpack HERE and Sneakers HERE

Here are some of our fav items:

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Homeschool Supply List

Now onto the fun: school supplies. Now, this list won’t look all that different from what you may have sent your kid to school with last year, however, you will want to have some additional supplies on deck. My son has ADHD, which means, his attention span is nonexistent. This also means that virtual learning will have to be capped at no more than 1-2 hours a day. The rest of the time will be spent with me (aka Mrs. Mommy) working overtime to figure out how my kid learns best. In other words, I’ll need to reinforce whatever instruction he gets from his virtual teacher with at-home learning activities. Too much screen time is a thing.

Traditional Supplies

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The Extra Must-Have Homeschool Survival Kit

Now the following list includes items that you may not have had handy last year, but I encourage you to consider for this school year. Traditional schooling was working well for my son, but virtual schooling has created a new set of challenges. Therefore, I’ve picked up some items that I believe help him to process information a little bit differently than how it’s presented via virtual learning,

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Leapfrog Activities

I absolutely love and standby LeapFrog learning tools. They work! And kids genuinely have fun learning on them. JB also gets Occupational Therapy so that little writing pad as seen above is a gem! He’s technically too “old” for it now, but I highly recommend it for preschool kids and older kids alike!

LeapFrog LeapPad Academy Green Kids Tablet with LeapFrog Academy

I just ordered this. Can’t wait to get it in the mail!

LeapFrog, Mr. Pencils Scribble and Write, Writing Toy for Preschoolers

Flash Cards

Math Flash Cards

Can’t recommend flashcards enough! They break up the monotony of virtual learning and allow the child to access and process the information in a way that may make more sense, especially if the child is more of a hands-on learner. 


best workbooks for first grader homeschool advice

Workbooks are great for independent learning for some of the older kids. They are also great for additional practice. Sometimes I found myself struggling to understand 1st-grade math (I KNOW!), but these books really really help:

Star Wars Workbook: 1st Grade Reading

180 Days of Reading, Writing, and Math

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All in all, I’d say we have our work cut out for us, but we will survive it! When all else fails, Walmart has us covered.

What do you have on your Back to School shopping list? Sound off below!


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