Homeschool Supplies . . . Squirrel ~ Not Back to School Blog Hop 2020

Homeschool Supplies

Do you ever have that feeling that there are a million tracks running all around you and no one in your family is on the same one? In fact, about the time you figure out where one person is, they jump to another track? Well, that is how it goes here. Let me tell you about this evening. . .

Me: Girls, what is your favorite or most necessary school supply?
L: Like our favorite or one that we really need?
E: Pencil sharpener and a pencil ’cause I like my pencil really sharp and have to sharpen it several times a day.
Dad (from the kitchen): Oooh – a Trapper Keeper was a necessity for me! I loved my Trapper Keeper.
Girls: Your what?
Dad: You know how you used to need a folder with the brads in it for every subject? This was something that you kept them all in, sort of like a 3 ring binder. But it was fun and had pictures of popular characters and things on it, like the Care Bears or Spiderman.
Girls: I bet you had the Care Bears one.
Girls: Or hearts!
Me: Except for the year he got one with a sparkly unicorn on a rainbow.

TONS of laughter was going on throughout all of this.

J: I would need my organizers – my pencil holder, my planner, the boxes that my books go in.
E: My laptop. I have lots of school on it and it has a calculator on it I know how to use.
J (excitedly): Oh yeah! My “phone.” (Her phone is an old one that has a game or two on it for her to use.)
Me: Your phone?
J: Yea. I know how to use that calculator.
Me: When do you use a calculator?
J: On my math.
Me (with a questioning look at her): You aren’t supposed to be using a calculator on your math.
J: I know.
Dad (still in the kitchen, singing): Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. . .
Girls (joining in the singing): These are a few of my favorite things.
Me: Where did that come from?

Singing continues with lots of mixed up words. LOTS of laughter goes with it.

Me: So, L, any supplies you need?
L: Well, since you said necessary, I have to say curriculum. I can’t do school without it and you only asked about one. So that has to be it. (said with a sly smile)
Me: Ooookkkaaayyy. So, other than curriculum, what would you say is your favorite school supply or something you really like to have?
L: Which is it? My favorite or something I like to have? Those are two different things.
Me: You can name more than one, you know.
L: But you said one.
Dad (from kitchen): New shoes! I loved getting new shoes. That was always something I liked. I didn’t care much at all about the clothes. In fact, I hated going clothes shopping but shoes? Those I liked getting!
L: But you said we couldn’t list dance shoes. . .
Me: Dance shoes are a given. Those are definitely required school supplies and the top of your favorites list.
Dad (from kitchen, singing): These are a few of my favorite things. When the dog bites. When the bee stings.
Girls all join in: When I’m feeling sad. I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so sad.

LOTS of laughter.

Me: Anything anyone wants to add to the list here?
Dad: Polo shirts.
Girls: Polo shirts? You played polo?
Dad: No, the collared shirts with three buttons down the front? I don’t know if the polo players designed them or the company named Polo just make them popular or what. I just really liked those shirts.
Me: You still do.
Dad: Yea. But like my 9th grade year, that was all I wore. I had 4 that were really soft and comfortable and that was what I wore Monday through Thursday. I wore something else Fridays.
J (interrupting): But there’s no school on Fridays!
Dad: I really liked those shirts.
E (singing): These are a few of my favorite things.
Me: Squirrel!
Dad (laughing): Yep!
Girls: Squirrel? What? I don’t get it!
Dad: I think your blog post just wrote itself.
Me: Yep.

So, there you have it. A list of favorite homeschool supplies. Does it make sense? Maybe. Maybe not. Regardless, you have a list:
pencil sharpener, pencil, planners, pencil box, book boxes, curriculum, violin (that was in there somewhere for L), polo shirts, squirrel, new shoes (tennis or dance, you pick), calculator (you know how to use), and laptop. Personally, I would add some good pens and a pretty and easy-to-use planner for mom.

Do you have a favorite supply? Do your kids?

Today, the Homeschool Review Crew members are sharing about their own favorite supplies. Head over to the blog for the Crew to find the links for other blogs to read.

Yesterday, the Homeschool Review Crew members wrote about traditions. Here are a few of those posts if you want to read them.



9 thoughts on “Homeschool Supplies . . . Squirrel ~ Not Back to School Blog Hop 2020

  1. Teresa August 11, 2020 at 9:38 pm Reply

    I remember Trapper Keepers. Back in the day, they were a gauge to determine if you were part of the cool crowd.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome August 12, 2020 at 11:42 am Reply

      True! We had such fun with that conversation and my girls think the Trapper Keepers sound like something wonderful to have.

  2. dawnpeluso August 12, 2020 at 1:07 pm Reply

    My daughter would enjoy knowing that violin made your list!

  3. Annette Vellenga (@athomepets) August 12, 2020 at 2:54 pm Reply

    oh… but I laughed. I could just picture that whole scene. THANK YOU. today I needed a good laugh

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