Must-Have Items For Your Home Classroom
Recommendations ahead of the rapidly approaching school year
School will look different for students this year, but you can still create a safe, productive space for your children at home. Here are some essentials for your at-home classroom.
Get kids in the right mindset with a desk or table in their size, which can help with posture and proper handwriting.
- KidKraft Study Desk with Chair ($189)
- Cozy Kids Furniture and More, Lake House Desk ($500) – Find Cozy Kids in Concord and Pineville.
Practice math the old-fashioned way on paper worksheets. This HP model is “Amazon’s Choice” in printers.
- HP OfficeJet Pro 8025 All-in-One Wireless Printer, Smart Home Office Productivity, Instant Ink & Amazon Dash Replenishment Ready (1KR57A) ($129)
Counters make mathematical concepts easier to grasp. Preschool and elementary students can use their hands and their heads. Counter bears can double as toys, and base 10 counting blocks prepare students ready for common core concepts.
- Teddy Bear Counters, Set of 100 ($9)
- Lakeshore Learning, Base 10 Hands-On Student Pack ($6) – Find a Lakeshore Learning store in Matthews.
- Cleaning Supplies
Keep your workspace safe a clean with the right cleaning gear. Disposable wipes can be hard to find these days, but other classroom and office essentials are worth picking up. Stock up on extra hand soap and facial tissues, and look for children’s face masks around town.
- Craft Supplies
The upcoming school year makes everyone feel all the feels. Let kids creatively express these feelings through art and crafts.
- Super Huge Treasure Box ($70) – Find this and much more at The Teacher Box in Cramerton.
- Calendar or Planner
Keep track of projects, assignments, virtual meetings and more with an organized calendar. Consider a large desk or wall calendar for younger children, and keep older kids on track with colorful planners.
- Bright and Bold Planner Bundle ($50) – Find a Paper Source location within Phillips Place in South Park.
- Child Headphones
Make your student feel like the CEO of his or her workspace with high-tech headphones. Child-size headphones help students actively participate in virtual classroom discussions and clearly hear instructions. Look for volume-limiting models and soft earpieces; the headphones below also feature a microphone.
- Organization Helpers
Organization will save your space and your sanity. Young students can find Play-Doh and crayons in easy-to-open bins and older students will benefit from filing systems or folder holders.
- Ikea, Trofast ($60) – Find an Ikea location in North Charlotte.
- TRU RED All-In-One 10 Compartment Wire Mesh Compartment Storage, Silver (TR57531) ($22)