Starting up our homeschool year requires very little back-to-school shopping. Of course, I've been scouring book sales and sites for the past six months (full disclosure- since forever) to put together our curriculum. But buying shiny school materials and clothes is a right of passage that my children mostly miss out on. This year, in order to get everyone excited about what they'll learn or do, I bought each of my children a back to homeschool gift.
Why Back to Homeschool Gifts?
I am not a "buy my kids a bunch of things" type of person. They almost NEVER get toys beyond their birthdays or Christmas, unless they received a gift or some money from another family member. Their back to homeschool gifts had two purposes this year.
For my six-year-old, who started her first year of formal lessons last week, I wanted to make the first day of school special for her. Gifts often signify an important event or milestone, and being first grade is both of those things.
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She was SO excited to receive this, and she wouldn't put it down for our "back to homeschool" pictures. We've played it several times together, and we've both enjoyed looking up the exotic birds, or celebrating the birds that live in our backyard.
I also bought these bird flash cards, which was not part of her back to homeschool gift, but she will be so excited to use them as we continue to learn about birds.
For my younger children, I wanted to get them open-ended toys that they could spend hours playing with. I posted a great deal on Magformers on Amazon Prime Day. I snagged it up, and then held onto it until our first day of school for E's back to homeschool gift.
E LOVES to build, and he often tells me, "I'm a creator, Mama." I wanted to encourage this creativity, and also give him something fun that he can do while his sister and I are working together.
This final back to homeschool gift is probably the most surprising. My littlest, almost two (already!) would much rather play with remote controls, brooms, or tools than toys. I thought long and hard about what to get him, and when I was in the store, it became blatantly obvious: this broom and mop set from Melissa and Doug!
There have been several occasions already this year where my little guy started to get fussy during lessons, so I handed him his broom and said, "Go sweep for Mama!" He happily obliges.
Other Back to Homeschool Gift Ideas
If this sounds like a back to homeschool tradition that you'd like to adopt, you of course aren't limited to my gift ideas. I've created a new section of my Amazon store filled with Back to Homeschool gift inspiration.