Yes, I did get the thesaurus out to help me find a word for today’s post but this is perfect! The definition of paraphernalia is “equipment, apparatus, or furnishing used in or necessary for a particular activity.” So, our activity is homeschooling and paraphernalia is anything that is used in that activity. I am, however, narrowing it down to be the manipulatives for our curriculum areas. I am not including any curriculum itself. The reason is simple: our kids fall very clearly into hands-on, active learning. While they enjoy writing and they love reading, they learn best when they are actively engaged. So we need paraphernalia.
- For math
- For history
- For science
- For creating
- For dreaming
- For expression
- For planning
- For fun
- For learning
We have lots of things that fit into this category of paraphernalia so I thought instead of trying to describe it all, I would take a few pictures. These are by no means all of our paraphernalia (which you know if you read about our paper fascination earlier this week) but it is a large part of it.
And we are blessed to have these things. At Home.
Today is the final day of the Homeschooling Essentials blog hop. Don’t forget to visit these other blogs to find out what they chose for this last essential.
Sarah @ Delivering Grace
Meg @ Adventures with Jude
Brandy @ Kingdom Academy Homeschool
Adriana @ Homeschool Ways
Nicole @ Journey to Excellence
DaLynn @ For the Display of His Splendor
Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures
Julie @ Nurturing Learning
Laura @ Day by Day in Our World
And, again, for even more, visit TOS Review Crew for a list of 89 total bloggers sharing their thoughts about the Top 5 Homeschooling Essentials.