13 Best Early Learning Classroom Supplies

List Updated July 2020

Bestselling Early Learning Classroom Supplies in 2020


25 Read & Write Mini-Books That Teach Word Families: Fun Rhyming Stories That Give Kids Practice With 25 Keyword Families

25 Read & Write Mini-Books That Teach Word Families: Fun Rhyming Stories That Give Kids Practice With 25 Keyword Families
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • 8 3/8 x 10 7/8

Phonics for Kindergarten, Grade K (Home Workbook)

Phonics for Kindergarten, Grade K (Home Workbook)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Grades - K
  • Weight - 0.12
  • Depth - 9.25
  • Width - 6.88

TREND enterprises, Inc. Seven Parts of Speech Learning Charts Combo Pack, set of 7

TREND enterprises, Inc. Seven Parts of Speech Learning Charts Combo Pack, set of 7
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Illustrations and easy-to-read examples help teach key language building blocks in this chart set.
  • Includes: Pronouns, Conjunctions, Prepositions, Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, and Adverbs.
  • Extra Value: Back of charts feature reproducible activities, subject information, and helpful tips.
  • 17" x 22" size appropriate for classrooms as well as smaller workspaces & home use.

100 Words Kids Need to Read by 3rd Grade: Sight Word Practice to Build Strong Readers

100 Words Kids Need to Read by 3rd Grade: Sight Word Practice to Build Strong Readers
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • 8 x 10 1/2

Spelling and Writing for Beginners, Grade 1: Gold Star Edition (Home Workbooks)

Spelling and Writing for Beginners, Grade 1: Gold Star Edition (Home Workbooks)
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • 9.25L 6.88W 0.1875H

Learning Resources Classroom Liquid Measuring Set, 19 Pieces

Learning Resources Classroom Liquid Measuring Set, 19 Pieces
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Deluxe set includes everything needed to teach liquid measurement and equivalencies
  • Students will recognize, measure and estimate liquid volumes
  • Set includes 5 Measuring Jars, 3 Liquid Measurers, 5 Measuring Cups, and 6 Measuring Spoons
  • All pieces are clearly marked and made of durable plastic
  • Ages 5+

Key Education Publishing Write On/Wipe Off: Print Alphabet Letters

Key Education Publishing Write On/Wipe Off: Print Alphabet Letters
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • A fun and developmental resource
  • Write On/Wipe Off
  • Includes 26 activities

Singapore Math Practice, Level 3A, Grade 4

Singapore Math Practice, Level 3A, Grade 4
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • 017257139933

Copernicus School Classroom Office Early Learning Station

Copernicus School Classroom Office Early Learning Station
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Tubs Measure 12 9/16"(32cm) L x 15 5/8"(40cm) W x 6"(15cm) D (outer measurements).
  • 2 magnetic dry-erase whiteboards, one side with solid/dotted/solid line sequence
  • Roll-up felt for creative play, along with corner ties and magnets to secure on station
  • Safety CapTM Big Book ledge that locks into multiple positions
  • Frame Measures 47 3/4"(121cm) H x 26"(66cm) W x 29 1/2"(75cm) D

Singapore Math Practice, Level 5A, Grade 6

Singapore Math Practice, Level 5A, Grade 6
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Grades - 6
  • Weight - 0.67
  • Depth - 11.00
  • Width - 8.50
  • Height - 0.30

Learning Resources Hand Pointers, Set of 3

Learning Resources Hand Pointers, Set of 3
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • Engage students and point out important information
  • Encourage classroom participation. Students can point to letters, tap out syllables, and identify verbs in a sentence
  • Great for teachers to use during small and large group instruction and reading time
  • Set of 3 Hand Pointers
  • Ideal for ages 3+

70 Must-Know Word Problems, Grade 4 (Singapore Math)

70 Must-Know Word Problems, Grade 4 (Singapore Math)
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • Sold as an Each
  • Includes fun math activities from the leading math program in the world
  • Hands-on learning tool for grade 4 students at home or in the classroom
  • An answer key and detailed examples help you with teaching your child
  • Perfect for any student who needs extra practice in developing their problem solving skills

Early Childhood Resources Small Plastic Art Caddies - Set of 4 - Assorted Colors

Early Childhood Resources Small Plastic Art Caddies - Set of 4 - Assorted Colors
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • Sold as a Set of 4 in assorted colors
  • Art teacher's prefer these caddies to transport supplies
  • Measures: 9-1/4 x 9-1/4 x 5-3/4 inches
  • Ideal for art class or independent work
  • Easy to clean

School Supply Tips for Homeschoolers

If you are just beginning homeschooling, you may wonder what sort of school supplies you will need and how long they will last. Here are some of the things I have learned about school supplies over the years.

When I first started homeschooling, I was unsure about how many supplies I would need to buy for my kids. I knew that I had been spending between $75 and $100 per child for the supplies on the teachers' lists when they were in public school, but I didn't know exactly what I would need for school at home. Three years later, I am pleasantly surprised by how long many of our school supplies have lasted. I would like to share with you a few tips that have saved me money on supplies over the years.

Markers

Dry erase markers can last a few years if you keep them capped tightly when not in use. I bought about a dozen dry erase markers and a white board when I started homeschooling three years ago. I like having lots of colors, and I try to rotate my markers at least once a month so I am not constantly using the same two or three. A few weeks ago, I had to throw away my first three dried out markers. They lasted over 2 ½ years with year round use.

Regular magic markers can last a very long time, too. We bought several packages when they were on sale when my twins were in pre-K. Six years later, about half of the markers are still usable. You definitely don't need to buy new markers every year as long as they are capped and put away after use.

Crayons

Teachers want you to buy new crayons for public school every year, but a sharpener can make your kids' crayons last a lot longer than a year. Kids love lots of colors, so I bought each of my kids the larger packages of crayons with the colors they love and a nice quality manual sharpener to go with it. The sharpener built into the box is junk, but a good sharpener with a cup to collect the shavings will be used again and again and extend the life of a box of crayons well beyond a year. My daughter, who colors frequently, has used her 64 count box for over three years now.

Glue

Teachers at school seem to prefer glue sticks, which are a lot more expensive than white glue. That is probably because they are less messy than liquid glue and when you have 30 kids in a class, messes are a big concern. When you are homeschooling, you can give your students one-on-one attention and try projects with liquid glue, which is a much more versatile product than glue sticks and does not dry out as quickly.

Construction paper

You will likely find dozens and dozens of uses for construction paper. The price of construction paper can vary widely, so when you find a good sale, stock up. One helpful hint, though. Make sure you store your construction paper out of the sun, because bright light can cause it to fade.

Scissors, rulers and erasers

You might have noticed scissors, rulers and things like that are on the list of supplies to buy every year at school. At home, you can use these supplies almost indefinitely. My son has been using the same pink rubber eraser for four years, and he erases a lot. Less than 10 percent of the eraser is gone, so he should have it for a long time. Kids' scissors won't lose their edge before their little hands outgrow them, so don't worry about buying them more than one pair for each stage. Likewise, their ruler should last them all through school as long as they don't break it. I recommend the Flexi-Ruler, which is bendable, colorful and practically unbreakable.

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