Homeschool Registry

As for homeschooling, my family is on board. I’m not just talking about my children and Darling D, but I mean my mom, dad, sisters, brother, aunts, and uncles; my whole family. I don’t think they ever challenged our decision, which would have made for great debate, but wouldn’t have made any difference. Darling D and I had prayed about our decision and our minds were made up. We were going to homeschool our children.

magnetc pom poms

Up to this point, I have managed to put together a decent curriculum for the children with a minimal amount of funds. There is too much freebie out there to not take advantage of the resources. Plus, many of the ideas are more creative and promote learning better than a textbook ever could. {Make your own magnetic pom poms.}

With the way we have chosen to homeschool, we don’t receive any stipends or financial assistance for academic material or extra-curricular activities. Our childrens’ education is not only dependent upon our genius knowledge, but also the size of our pocket books. Although “making” kids smart is expensive, I’ll go to the poor house for the continued privilege of teaching them at home.

On the other hand, I don’t think I would enjoy living in the poor house (been there, done that – it’s not fun), so my genius wheels started turning I started thinking. Everyone is always asking me if the children need anything and I often end the conversation with, “I can’t think of anything,” only to remember minutes and days later my mental list of everything they could use for school. There is truly something to writing things down on paper. Since I’m a list maker, I decided to do what I do best. I made a list of everything school we needed.

Since so many of you have already started or will be starting your school year in the next few weeks, I thought I would share what we will be doing for our school and as long as we continue to homeschool. We started a homeschool registry. I mean why not? We create one for when we get married, when we have children, so it only makes sense to have one for the educating of our children.

laminating machine

I am sure you are probably thinking that isn’t fair to the children. What child wants a printer cartridge or a laminating machine for a present? Don’t worry because if your parents are anything like mine, then your kids are still going to get the toys and clothing they really want.

Earlier this summer, I shared my registry with my family. Orders for the items I needed then were placed the same day and I excitedly waited at the door every morning for a UPS delivery. Boy, was that a lot of fun.

Since beginning the registry, I have added a few more things as plans for our school are still being made. Starting the registry has also helped in making me a little more organized in my planning as well as accountable for the materials we buy. I take more time when deciding exactly what we are going to use in school and tend to not shop “willy-nilly.”

If you’re in the process of still trying to figure out what curriculum to use for this upcoming school year or for future grades, then you might want to pop over to the Not Back to School Blog–Hop. I’m learning about so many resources and school material I never knew about. I have seen a few items that I will be adding to our homeschool registry.

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5 Responses to “Homeschool Registry”


  • Comment from Rana

    Jennifer,
    I am loving this idea. I have a wish list going already. I never thought to ask for school supplies. I do have things like my son wants to learn guitar can you help us out with buying one or my daughter wants to take ballet would you help with paying for classes?

    I was wondering if the Not back to school blog hop was going to happen this year. I will have to check it out.

    Rana,

    Once I complete my curriculum needs, I am going to start adding items like lessons (short and long-term). I’m not expecting anyone in particular to pay for all their activities, but like you said, it is a wish list. I figure I’ll be ready whenever anyone asks.

    I am having a blast going through ALL (yes ALL) of the links on the Not Back to School Blog Hop. I can’t wait to read the schedules and also take a peek at the schoolrooms.

  • Comment from Tiffany

    You know this is a fantastic idea! I too find myself telling people oh we are fine then wondering if I can stretch my budget to purchase something else. Next year I plan to go about my spending for curriculum completely different. This year I make a rookie mistake I purchased so much that I am not sure if I like. Then I find myself purchasing other things to supplement. Anyway I will make my list and keep it on the fridge where I can see it so the next time someone ask I will be ready with a response.

    Tiffany,

    I was warned before attending my first homeschool conference to beware of the prepackaged curriculum. They come in such pretty packages : – ) and everything looks so nice. I did manage to buy a complete one year curriculum for phonics and reading that I have not really used. After that, I’ve been really cautious about the material I purchase. After researching (prior to attending future conferences) and deciding what I really wanted, I found a math (RightStart Mathematics) and phonics/reading/writing/spelling curriculum (between SWR & Cursive First) that I really love. The phonics, etc. isn’t the same curriculum I originally bought. All the other subjects are covered with material I put together myself.

    It’s a good idea to start your list and keep it ready.

  • Comment from Christie Jarvis

    What a smart way to get the tools your kids need for their education instead of mindless junk that will be tossed not long after the wrapping paper is torn off. Some other great ideas for your registry are memberships to museums, zoo, Homeschool association, online homeschool expos, etc, as well as subscriptions to magazines and online educational resources.

    Christie,

    You are so right about adding memberships, etc. I’ve never had to pay for a library card before and was surprised that TN libraries (some – I’m not sure if all) charge a fee for a card if you live out of county. When I started our registry, I added the library card fee on there too.

  • Comment from Christie Jarvis

    I guess they do that because the tax payers in that county fund the libraries so they decided that users from other areas should have to pay. I have used the Memphis library system since I was a child (still have my mom’s name on my account! LOL ) and when I lived in Memphis each of my children had their own library card. When we moved into another county near Memphis and I had to pay a membership fee per card, we dropped their cards and made mine an “educators” card so I can borrow more books. My kids do have cards for the library in our county and they love to go there. I continue using the Memphis system because they have more that I need and I can reserve my books online and pick them all up at one branch. That makes my life easier. :-) As a busy homeschool mom who has a home daycare runs a virtual assistance business and does a lot of volunteer work, anything that saves me a little time is good. :-)

  • Comment from Tiffany

    Update! I made a list this year and when my mom asked what I needed for the year I pulled the list off the fridge and gave it to her. I did not give it to her expecting her to purchase everthing on the list. However she purchased every single item on the list. What a blessing. I still did over purchase somewhat this year because I tweaked my year some but I spent a lot less and next year it will be even less.

    Tiffany,

    That is so wonderful, so cool, and such a blessing! That gesture says so much about how she believes in you and your homeschooling efforts. I’m sure you got excited when you were opening up everything.

    I also find that making a list prevents me from spending more than we need.

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