Gift Ideas for Home Educators

Someone's first Christmas

Do you have homeschooled children on your gift list this holiday season?  Or some precocious children who love to learn?

Homeschooling can be expensive or inexpensive, depending on how much parents decide to invest in it.  Curriculums can cost a pretty penny, but a lot of homeschoolers do without and use materials that they can find at the library or in thrift stores.

Still, the best way to get a child to learn is to lay some interesting materials around the house – a book on the coffee table, art supplies in an accessible bin, a game on a low shelf.  If they think that they are discovering it themselves, they are more likely to want to know all about it!  So homeschoolers will appreciate any extra help they can get to offer fun, educational tools to their children.

Here are some ideas they might love:

  • Family Memberships – What venues do they like to go to?  Most museums, zoos, aquariums and other centers have family or individual memberships that will allow a family/person to have free admission and/or discounts at the facility for a full year.  If you know that the family lives close enough to such a place, it might be perfect for them!
  • Art Supplies – I’m not talking about crayons and markers that you can buy at any grocery store (though kids love and need those too), but real art supplies that you can buy at art stores can make a wonderful gift.  If you don’t think it’s worth buying children good quality art supplies, I suggest you read this post at Camp Creek Blog, “In Praise of High Quality Art Materials.”
  • Ask what they need – You may just want to ask what they need.  Do you know what kind of teaching method they are using?  You may find a store that specializes in it.  In addition, for homeschooling families who purchase curriculum, they may appreciate it if you could chip in on the cost because some curriculums can be quite expensive.  Or perhaps there are certain books or other resources they want but aren’t able to afford.
  • Let’s not forget books, especially if there’s a subject the children are interested in or studying.  And remember, gift certificates will be appreciated too!

Here are some cool online stores that may help you find that perfect gift:

Are you a homeschooler with a wish list?  Please tell me what you would like to receive for gifts this year! Or do you know of another cool place to buy educational items?  Do you make them yourself?  Let me know!

4 Comments to “Gift Ideas for Home Educators”

  1. Thanks so much for featuring Mama May I! The ideas in your blog are terrific, and I will be back to visit often :-)

    As a thanks for including me, anyone reading your blog can use coupon code: MAMAOFLETTERS to get 10% off any purchase in my shop through the month of December.

    Happy Holidays!

  2. Hello!
    Wow, I just wanted to let you know that you’ve made me feel very special today! I was checking in on my Esty stats and noticed your website. I thought “How cool is that?”. So thank you for including me in your list. I’m actually very interested in homeschooling my little girl. I’ve gained enough courage to commit to doing it at least up until Kindergarten. She’s my first and well got to get the hubby on board…lol My sister homeschools all of her children and I support it 100%. I’m glade I looked into your link. You have an awesome blog and wonderful resources!

    Thanks again!
    Kristen

    P.S. Just wanted to share: My shop is running 30% off the total order until the end of December. Merry Christmas!
    http://www.etsy.com/teacherbydesign

    • Thank you so much, Kristen! It’s an honor for you to stop by, and I do hope my blog helps you in deciding to homeschool your little girl. I know it’s not for everybody, and all families have to decide what is right for them. But if you have the gut feeling that you want to do it, then go for it! I look forward to getting to know you.

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