Here at Benjamin, we believe that a child’s education is the highest priority. Whether you’re only homeschooling as a temporary measure due to Covid, or you plan to make this a permanent arrangement for your child, we are here to support you! If you’re not a teacher by trade, we understand that you might feel a little at sea right now. But don’t worry! It’s much easier if you have the right supplies and assets for teaching.

Check these out and see what your home classroom has been missing!

1. Math Drill Cards

Alright Mathletes, get ready for some fun, fast-paced drilling! These no-see-through cards are the perfect challenge to whip out for some quick math practice. Available in all forms of basic math, students increase their speed and memorization with each round. Go faster and faster to up the ante! (Don’t worry if you’re a little rusty, parents—the answers are on the back for you to check their work!)

2. Sentence Strips

Whoever said handwriting is an antiquated practice is w-r-o-n-g. Writing is essential to everyday life, and these strips will help your little one perfect the art! Teach them to write their names, practice the alphabet, and learn how to make sentences. These strips are big enough that your child can even practice writing with a crayon is they like!

3. Student Lesson Timer

Do you have a timer in your home classroom? No? Well, it’s time to correct that! Once you have a timer, you’ll never know how you homeschooled without one. The dual timer makes it perfect to countdown the entire school day and individual lessons at the same time. This way you never go off schedule. Have to give your child an exam or a pop quiz? Just switch the times for overall lesson and exam.

4. Lesson Scheduling Pocket Chart

Children always want to know “What’s next? What now?” Take this question out of the dialogue with a pocket scheduler you can hang on your classroom wall. The pocket inserts allow you to rearrange and customize lessons depending on the day and your child’s educational needs. But this scheduler can also serve another purpose—you can use it to help with your time telling lessons!

5. Blank Flashcards

Children always want to know “What’s next? What now?” Take this question out of the dialogue with a pocket scheduler you can hang on your classroom wall. The pocket inserts allow you to rearrange and customize lessons depending on the day and your child’s educational needs. But this scheduler can also serve another purpose—you can use it to help with your time telling lessons!

6. Reusable Dry Erase Pockets

Paper can cost a lot for homeschooling. It’s one thing to keep notebooks; it’s another to use paper for every activity and lesson. There’s a way to save your wallet, trees, and your kitchen (or wherever you homeschool) from becoming a downright mess: reusable dry erase pockets! Just put ONE piece of paper in the pocket, or a worksheet for the lesson, and then your child can write all over it, erase, and then write again. You don’t waste paper, and your child gains all the same knowledge. That’s a win-win!

7. 1 Subject Spiral Notebooks

Whether you’re homeschooling or not, notebooks are part of essential school supplies. Students of all ages use them to keep notes and improve the learning experience. In fact, there is a direct correlation between writing down information and retaining that information. Keep each notebook separate and organized by color-coding your subjects. Math can be yellow, Science blue, Language Arts red, and so on.

Pro-tip: Keep your color-coding consistent by using the same color flashcards as the notebooks for their respective subjects.

8. Colored Pencils

Colored pencils are excellent for making class fun! After all, what kid doesn’t enjoy color? You might use these in every lesson, but every home classroom should have them for arts and crafts or for younger students’ coloring worksheets. Parents can trust these pencils made from reforested woods to stand up to the test of their children’s creativity.

9. #2 Black Lead Pencil

If you didn’t know, #2 is actually #1. It’s true! #2 Pencils are the favorite choice for writing in the United States. Give your child the most reliable and smoothest writing experience with these pencils. Essential for math and learning to write, these pencils erase cleanly to correct any mistake. These truly are the perfect learning assistants!

10. Student Scissors

Students love arts and crafts, and scissors are essential for this activity. However, it might not be the best idea to give your kindergartner the scissors you keep in the junk drawer. Although they are designed to be safe as possible, these are still blades and young children should only handle them if they are the right size. These not only are perfect for small hands, but they also have a comfortable grip to prevent fussing. Plus, the color is fun too!

The Benjamin Difference is in our compassion and understanding. We get that this is a difficult time for everyone and that you have new roles to play, like teacher. Whether you’re homeschooling or working from home, we know that it can be trying at first, but that the right tools make it so much easier!

When you’re not teaching, make sure you have everything to be productive in your home office.

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