As the back to school sales start rolling out, I love to get fresh pencils and crayons, and new empty notebooks. One school supply that I often hear homeschool parents talk about not needing is a book bag. However, in our homeschool we have found book bags to be a great resource. For several years we did not use book bags, but for the last several years we have found that they solved a long running problem in our home.
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We have a school space set aside for school, but often the children do they work in other rooms of the house or even in the car. We love the flexibility and freedom of homeschooling, but I hated having their books strewn throughout the house. That also meant that we wasted valuable time looking for books and materials that had been left in the wrong place. I worked towards having them put the materials all back at their desks when they were done but inevitably they wouldn’t want to go upstairs (where the desks were) or they would only put part of it away.
While not always a perfect solution, we found that giving each child a book bag and a hook on the stairs for that book bag helped contain the school materials. This cut down on both the mess and the lost time. This also means that when we need to jump in the car to ride to a field trip or go to an appointment, they can grab their book bags and get some school work done along the way. This gives us much more freedom in our schedule.
A book bag may not be beneficial to every family, but don’t rule them out just because you homeschool. What school supplies are on your must have list for homeschooling? Are you shopping the back to school sales that have recently started or waiting until fall?
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