Wednesday, January 22, 2014

5 Days of {my} Homeschooling Essentials: Manipulatives

I firmly believe in interactive, hands-on experiences for children.  I know that many children are auditory or visual learners, but I believe kinesthetic activities are beneficial to all learners, and I strive to provide an environment where my kids can feel free to touch, manipulate, maneuver, examine, investigate and otherwise interact with the material they are learning.  So that leaves me sharing the manipulatives and tools that I like to have on hand for the preschool and early elementary ages.

Magnifying Glass
Tongs and Tweezers
Bug Houses
Butterfly Nets
Measuring Cups & Beakers
Experiment Books

Flash Cards (shapes, numbers, math facts--great for making up games)
Measuring Tape
Pattern Blocks
Measuring Cups/Spoons
Counting Blocks
Judy Clock
Calculators (for play only)
Playing Cards
Play & Real Money
Balance Scale
Judy Clock
Board Games

Using an electronic counting jar to verify his own counting

Language Arts
Letter Tiles
Magnetic Letters
Flash Cards (words, phonics, etc.--for games)
Dry Erase board and markers
Chalkboard and chalk
Magnetic writing boards
Alphabet Stamps
Journals, Cards, Stationary and materials for a writing center
Crossword Puzzles and other "fun" workbooks
Language based board games

Arts & Crafts
Crayons, Markers, Colored Pencils
Scissors - regular and craft scissors
Construction paper, scrapbook paper, cardboard, etc
Sketch paper, watercolor paper, and other art papers
Watercolor pencils
Watercolor crayons
Various types of paint; paintbrushes
Play-Dough & cookie cutters
Glue & Tape
Oil pastels
Chalk Pastels
Ribbon, twine, string and yarn
Stickers, google eyes, beads, brads and other embellishments
How-To drawing and art books

art supplies

Social Studies
Maps - world, continent, country, state, local
Dress-up items for historical costumes and role-play
Cultural Music to dance to
Art books with historical art to create
Cookbooks of historical/cultural recipes

What are your hands-on must-haves?

5 Days of {my} Homeschooling Essentials:  Flexibility
5 Days of {my} Homeschooling Essentials:  Books
5 Days of {my} Homeschooling Essentials:  Manipulatives
5 Days of {my} Homeschooling Essentials:  Games
5 Days of {my} Homeschooling Essentials:  Community

Before you head over to the blog hop, check out these 9 featured bloggers who are also sharing their Homeschooling Essentials!

Erica @ Be The One

Ellen @ Grace Tells Another Story

Jenn @ Treasuring Life's Blessings

Christine @ Our Homeschool Reviews

Michelle @ Delightful Learning

Sharon @ Life with the Tribe

Hillary @ Our Homeschool Studio

Melanie @ FinchNWren 

Heather @ Principled Academy

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  1. I love your lists! We especially love our art supplies and our science equipment. A pipette has produced hours of interest and play over the years!

  2. This is a really great list! It would be a wonderful list to give to a brand new homeschooler who was wondering what kinds of things they need....I found a couple suggestions to add to my own wish list! :-)

  3. This is a great list!! So helpful!

  4. This really is a great list. I am not as good about the hands-on aspect of math... I think my kids would enjoy it though, if I did.

    1. Math and science are probably our most hands-on areas, but they are my least favorite subjects. Maybe I'm trying to make it fun for myself too. :)