Homeschool Survival Essentials


What are your homeschool survival essentials? My friend Ingrid from Mommy & Mia Homeschool Chronicles asked some homeschooling YouTubers what they must have in order to homeschool. She made up a list of 10 questions for us to answer for a more full picture of what is needed in every homeschooler’s home. So here we go…

Homeschool Survival Essentials

1. What are your top 3 favorite mom things?

  • Time alone.
  • Mom’s night out.
  • Mom’s night in.

2. What are the 3 homeschool must haves no matter what?

  • Black & white card stock paper
  • Binders with a clear pocket in the front
  • Prismacolor pencils

3. Share 3 new things that will be added to your homeschool this year.

  • Physics
  • Geography
  • Civil Air Patrol

4. Share a minimum of 3 things you will be changing in your homeschool.

  • Adding to Teaching Textbooks for my daughter for Albebra 2, including Khan Academy and Math-U-See DVD’s.
  • While filming homeschooling this year (we’ve filmed our homeschooling for the past 10 years, which you can find in the Unit Study Treasure Vault!), my son will be filming just the physics experiments without a person in the screen.
  • As long as they finish what they need to do for the school week, they can arrange their school days however they want. No rigid schedule this year.

5. Share 3 things in your survival homeschool kit. (These are destressors that will help you survive the day/week.)

  • Spending time with my mom, my sisters, my friends
  • A hot bath at the end of the day
  • Time alone to decompress


6. 3 must-read homeschool books (for homeschool help)

  • The Well-trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer
  • A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola (If you want to know more about Charlotte Mason, I have a 6-part blog series that starts here.)
  • Educating the WholeHearted Child by Sally Clarkson

7. 3 favorite subjects to teach in order please

  • Bible
  • literature/writing
  • history

8. When is the best time for you to do your planning

  • Long-range plans for the school year are done in the summer.
  • On the weekends, if I need materials for an experiment the next week.
  • For math, they do one lesson per day. That doesn’t need a lesson plan.

9. Share your favorite planner and supplies.

  • I don’t like planners, so I don’t use them. I use paper and pencil when needed.

10. Share a minimum of 3 field trips you are planning to do this new homeschool year.

So those are my homeschool essentials. What are yours?

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12 Responses to “Homeschool Survival Essentials”

  1. Corinne says:

    That’s an awesome swing absolutely love that thanks for sharing this video hope you had a wonderful time with your family I do believe you are in Canada and thanks for sharing I look forward to seeing more from you

    • Susan says:

      Yes, we just got back from Canada. It was wonderful seeing my cousins and aunt and uncle. And I love that hammock swing. It’s my favorite place to sit with the Lord.

  2. Amber says:

    I’m gonna save this for when my daughter gets alittle older and we start homeschooling!

  3. Erica says:

    What is civil air patrol?

    • Susan says:

      It’s a federally supported non-profit corporation that serves as the civilian side of the United States Air Force. Teens learn how to search for missing persons through fields and other areas, how to be prepared during a crisis, how to fly a plane, and how to be polite and honor other people, among other things. It’s been really good for my son since he joined last summer!

  4. Erica says:

    That sounds so great for so many reasons. I had no idea that even existed! Do you know if something like that exists for each of the military branches?

  5. Taryn Laskey says:

    Blowing up math books! Haha that’s the best!

  6. Time to prepare and decompress is definitely needed when homeschooling

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