As the offbeat summer comes to a close, thoughts of back to school take center stage. If you're anything like me, you've been taking a wistful glance back at 2019's August, remembering how easy we had it! Sadly, those days are over.
If you've been paying attention to the dystopian dumpster fire of a mess that is 2020, it may be in your best interest to set up for homeschool success with the best kids home office essentials, regardless of whether or not your child will be attending in-classroom learning or studying remotely, because after all this is 2020, and you'll never know how the rest of the year may pan out. Buckle up.
We've compiled a list of the most effective products for homeschool success to make the 2020-2021 school year an absolute breeze, or at least close to it.
One of the most significant ways to help your children transition to learning at home is by providing them with a desktop computer. A Chromebook or laptop is a fantastic choice for hybrid learning models as kids can take it to and from school.
However, for students who are learning predominantly at home, the desktop computer will prevent them from getting comfortable in front of the couch. Instead, the desktop computer will have your child sitting at a desk focused on an assignment as they should be during the school day.
We recommend the Dell Vostro 3000 for being top-rated in its class for its affordability with impressive specs. The Dell Vostro 3000 comes with an Intel 9th generation i3 processor and 8GB of memory, along with a 128GB SSD.
The bonVIVO Writing Desk is like no other writing desk you've seen before, with an incredibly chic, gorgeous contemporary, fashionable design. Kids will love the modern appearance of this functional desk, while parents will appreciate that it still fits many traditional settings. The bonVIVO is also ideal for smaller spaces and homes, so don't fret if you don't have much area to work with, we guarantee this is the desk for you!
What truly sets the bonVIVO apart is the deep oversized tray compartment underneath the shatter-resistant tempered glass work surface. Students will be able to store anything from zipper binders, notebooks, calculators, and be able to find it quickly through the see-through glass without fumbling around, wasting precious work time.
The Kore Kids Wobble Chair may not look like a traditional children's desk chair. But, don't let the simplicity of this colorful child's stool fool you. The Kore Kids Wobble Chair has been proven to improve posture, as well as your child's focus, by providing a continuous flow of movement without distracting the learning of others or themselves. The Kore Kids Wobble Chair encourages active sitting, perfect for virtual homeschool learners sitting for an extended period at a desktop, especially for students with ADD, ADHD, and Autism.
The Kore Kids Wobble Chair is proudly made in the USA and is available in teen (18.6 inches) kids (14 inches) and toddler (10 inches).
When setting up for homeschool success, one of the top kid's home office essentials will be a classroom storage center. Whether you opt for large cube storage units or a smaller roller cart, it's always helpful to have some storage, or you'll end up pulling your hair out.
For parents looking for affordable storage options, the Honey-Can-Do Rolling Office Organizer is a great starting point for homeschool organization. The storage cart provides ten roomy, multi-colored pull-out drawers. I personally love that these drawers are not clear coated because I can assign each drawer to a different child, or I have the choice of using them for various school subjects or multiple manipulatives, or random tools like pencils, erasers, and dry markers.
Some states require parents and caregivers to keep specific records or a portfolio of their child's homeschooling. We suggest purchasing three-ring binders with subject dividers for a relatively straightforward way of keeping all of your child's educational information organized. Due to the requirements differing from state to state, the contents in your child's binder could be different from another. We highly recommend that you learn the laws of your state before organizing your child's homeschooling portfolio or records.
As you get further into the homeschooling year, you'll begin to collect a never-ending trove of classroom essentials with an all too common frustrating dilemma, limited organizational space.
A ClosetMaid Storage Organizer is the answer to your prayers when you need some serious organization without sacrificing your office decor. Store your kid's books, binders; you name it, right on this functional yet, stylish storage organizer.
Be proactive and purchase a pair of headphones that will protect your child's hearing. We recommend Junior Jams by Puro Sound Labs! Junior Jams are volume-limiting headphones that work with either a cord or Bluetooth connection, with studio sound quality that your child will love! Let's face it; if your child has headphones with quality sound, they're less likely to blast it as they would with headphones of lesser quality.
Junior Jams are plush and comfortable and have an outstanding battery life of 22 hours, so parents don't have to worry about the constant headaches of recharging.
Having a whiteboard like the Officeline Ultra-Slim, Lightweight Magnetic Dry Erase Board is an essential item on many homeschool supply lists. It helps the home office feel more like a classroom and provides a visual aid in the learning process.
If you don't own a laminated calendar, you can also jot down the day's agenda, keeping your child organized and motivated throughout the school day.
Having a quick visual reference in your child's home office area will be key to productivity. Working-from-home, or learning from home can be an area where we let our focus stumble. Set your children up for success, by curbing those negative habits, teaching them to plan, and stay motivated with the jumbo dry erase laminated wall calendar by OfficeThink.
There's not a lot to unpack here. It's a three-hole punch, and you're going to need one if you expect to run a full-fledged home school operation. You're going to want to put your kid's assignments into a binder. Don't let them roam free, whatever you do! One thing's certain, this will be the last hole punch you'll need unless you lose it, but where could it go?
Grab them before they're gone! The HP OfficeJet 3830 All-in-One Wireless Printer is an affordable mid-range option for those looking for a reliable kid's home office printer. The HP Office Jet 3830 has remarkably easy mobile printing so you can print from your smartphone, tablet, or PC. This printer also offers the ability to copy, scan, fax, and has an optional Instant Ink subscription so you'll never run out of ink again.
Hand2Mind offers a diverse manipulative kit with 100 pieces, including a parental guide. The Hand2Mind kit simplifies math for children by offering a fun and exciting hands-on tool for children to learn and review math concepts that essential for educational growth.
Parents and caregivers can feel empowered by this versatile visual math kit, knowing that they are ready to homeschool and have the tools to succeed. With this handy math learning resource, parents and caregivers can model fractions, counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, geometry, measurement, number sense, place value, logical thinking, decimals, sorting, patterns, one more and one less, probability, and volume.
If you have a fidgeter on your hands, these inexpensive stretchy sensory toys by BunMo will help keep your student entertained and calm during a lesson. Bright, vivid, hypoallergenic, and non-toxic, you'll definitely want these squishy and stretchy learning tools by your side this academic year to keep you sane.
Don't let a dull pencil put a damper on your child's homeschool learning. Make sure you're prepared with a Bostitch Personal Electric Pencil Sharpener. The best part about it being electric (plug-in) is that it will sharpen countless pencils over its lifetime without the use of expensive batteries, saving you money!
Sure you have the storage cart, and the cubbies, but you don't want your child leaving their desk and losing their focus every time they need an eraser, pencil, or a glue stick. That's where the Learning Resources Create-a-Space Storage Center comes in. It's the perfect homeschool storage solution that can fit right on your child's at-home school desk. It may be small, but it does the trick for the immediate must-have homeschool items.