Whether you are just getting started homeschooling in the New Year or you are looking for a few fresh resources to add to your repertoire, you can find lots of things for your homeschool at local venues.
Here are some great places to shop for educational fodder:
1. Your local bookstore
Not all learning comes from books. But for the kind that does, you can find treasures galore at the local used or new bookstore. Some of our favorites include Hastings in Manhattan, Rivendell in Abilene, and Barnes & Noble in Topeka.
2. Office supply stores
Not only can you get pens and pencils at the office store, you can find great organizational and decorative items for your learning space. Look for the special aisle for teachers and clearance sections!
3. Hobby and craft shops
Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabrics, and Michaels hold all the art and crafts supplies you could ever dream of! They also have science kits, ingredients for experiments, paper, and models. Find specialty hobby store in your local town for even more project ideas.
4. Thrift, consignment, and antique stores
For inexpensive toys, books, games, and more check local used and vintage shops. Your antique mall might have unique books and magazines that could be used for history and humanities studies. The thrift store is a great place to find movies, games, sports equipment, and miscellaneous supplies.
5. The hardware store
Looking for ideas for your kinesthetic learner? Find washers and bolts for counting, rope for tying, wood for sawing, and much more at the hardware store. Gather the tools to make a birdhouse with the kids or stock up on gardening supplies for a lesson in agriculture.
6. Local gaming stores
Some of the fancy math manipulatives and games that larger curriculums use can be found right in your local gaming shop. Not to be confused with electronic game stores, these shops offer polyhedral dice, role-playing accessories, strategy games, and more. Getting your children involved in a gaming hobby can improve their critical thinking, math, and social skills.
Gatekeeper Hobbies in Topeka and Patch & Crow’s Nest in Manhattan offer a variety of gaming and role-playing supplies.
What other local stores offer intriguing and ingenious resources for homeschoolers?