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For the past two weeks, I shared some of my favorite homeschool organization tools and classroom essentials. For my final post in this series, I will focus on some homeschool favorites for learning on the go. As homeschoolers, a lot of our learning takes place outside of the home. From nature hikes to museums to extracurriculars and simply running errands, we manage to turn any space into a classroom. Here are some of the items we have found most useful during our adventures.
Learning on the Go
Backpack/Laptop Bag – $6
Just because our kids aren’t carrying their books on a daily basis doesn’t mean they don’t need a backpack. While small tote bags are great for just carrying a few small books and a journal, it is more comfortable and practical for each child to carry a backpack when walking a trail or museum. This also makes every child responsible for carrying their own books, supplies, water and snacks during any outing. Plus, they’ll remain hands-free!
Book Pouches with Handles, 4-pack – $19.99
These book pouches are perfect for each child to take along a few books and activities on short car rides or waiting room situations. I like the handles and labels (I use the child’s name). Keep them packed ahead of time so you never have to worry about being prepared.
Clipboard with Storage – $9.98
This clipboard with storage provides a portable writing surface as well as a space to keep extra paper or worksheets and a writing tool. Get one for every child to make them responsible for keeping up with their own work on the go. These are perfect for keeping papers from blowing away in the wind!
This item managed to make it on all three of my homeschool favorites posts! This classroom essential keeps art supplies or math manipulatives organized and is super easy to grab and take with you on the go!
Thermoflask 2-Pack 16oz. Insulated Water Bottles – $26.99 (reg. $30)
Insulated water bottles will keep drinks cold longer. These popular Thermoflask bottles are currently on sale. You may wish to get a smaller bottle for younger kiddos, but for most kids, this 16-oz. size will do for an all day adventure. They easily fit into a backpack too. Don’t forget to grab one for yourself!
Insulated Lunch Bags – $9.99 and up
You may think packing a large cooler is more practical, but getting each child their own individual lunch bag makes them each responsible for carrying their own. Just throw it in their backpack and don’t worry about having to lug around a cooler. You’ll want to be sure you have reuseable ice packs for everyone too!
First Aid Kit – $7.99
Accidents can happen anywhere, so you should always keep a first aid kit in the car and in your backpack if you’re out hiking. You never know when you will have a scraped knee or a bump on the head. I like this kit because it includes an instant cold pack, a hard case to keep you from accidentally activating that pack, and it’s nicely priced! Remember to replace the cold pack if you ever use it or if it expires. I may have learned this the hard way. Here is a cold pack you can grab as a replacement.