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March 23, 2013 at 5:15 PM
I'm always going to consignment and thrift stores building up our library. I'm actually going to have to go get a new book shelf because we are out of space! I get reading books, textbooks, coloring books, used work books...whatever i can find! Then the kids can get into them all whenever they want. I love seeing them read to each other or grab a work book all on their own and help each other out to do the activities. Makes the job of homeschooling a lot easier for me when they are learning on their own haha! Do you have a home library? Any other ideas of things to stock up on? I was thinking games and puzzles would be good too!


  • debramommyof4
    March 23, 2013 at 5:24 PM
    My kids have a box of coloring books. They have a box of books we do not use for school. I did have a puzzle box, it is a great idea but we started that when they were to young to take care of them.
  • charla_r
    March 23, 2013 at 5:35 PM
    We love books. We have a shelf of books in the playroom and my daughter has a shelf of books in her bedroom. I also have about six rubbermaid totes full of books in storage that I used when I taught public school (I started collecting children's books for a classroom library in college).
  • tuffymama
    March 23, 2013 at 5:39 PM
    I had to give LO my biggest, nicest bookcase. I keep his DVDs and family DVDs on the top shelf, phonics and art books on the second shelf, then parenting, activity, craft, and storybook collections on the next shelf. Below that are science, anatomy, history, bible storybooks, and a stack of puzzles. The next shelf down is storybooks, all the Mo Willems books, Biscuit books, Berenstain Bears collection, Seuss books, Jan Brett books, Richard Scarry books, and some nice picture books he can look at alone to entertain himself. The bottom shelf is plastic shoeboxes full of pompons and foam shapes, puzzles in zip bags, small toys like noisy keychains and plastic animals, flashlights and battery operated tiny toys, and one with craft supplies he is allowed to use unsupervised. I keep a lamp, my laminator, and the abacus on top of the bookcase. All of the board books we are keeping are heaped in a canvas bin that I stash under a table, but LO lugs the dang thing in front of the bookcase almost every day, and leans his beanbag chair against it to "read."

    Sometimes, there is a veritable carpet of books and Lego covering my living room floor, and I have to tidy the shelves myself every couple of days, but this works for us. Switching on the vacuum cleaner puts LO into hyperdrive, and you've never seen a floor picked up so fast. LOL. He hasn't yet grasped the fact that not everything will fit up the hose.
  • maggiemom2000
    March 23, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    I'm a serious book addict! I could never have enough book shelves. Right now I have DS11, DS12 and DD3 so I have a bunch of boxes of grades K-3 books in the garage. 

    I try to buy games and manipulatives that can be used lots of ways for a long time. Games like Bananagrams, we can play the game, I can have the kids do their pelling words with the letter tiles, my 3 yr old can sort letters she knows, I can give them an assignment "challenge" like take out 30 tiles and make as many words as you can.

    White boards, chalk boards, pattern blocks, building blocks, can all be used by all of my kids, ages 3-12.

    My 3 yr old got some "City Blocks" for her 3rd birthday. MY older kids love to build with them. My 11 yr old recently built a seat he could sit on (wish I took a photo, it was some serious engineering!!) When we studied the vikings he decided to build a viking longship out of them:

    DD with her City Blocks:

    There are even things that I never thought of ahead of time, like a BINGO set. We have used these BINGO balls a lot!

    If they kids need to practice double digit addition, subtraction, multiplication, I  have them roll out to balls, write them down and add/sub/mult, whatever they are working on. A great way for quick practice drills that is not a boring worksheet. It is fun to turn the crank and keeps you moving a bit.

    DD loves the balls and the other day she found several containers and carefully sorted them. "Take a picture of my sorting!" When she was younger simply picking up the bals and setting them in the tray was perfect fine motor, one to one correspondence, learning colors. Now she is into sorting. Soon she will learn to read the numbers on the ball, later do math problems with them etc.

  • twyliatepeka
    March 24, 2013 at 12:40 AM
    I collect things. Hubby hates this about me. I have all sorts of things for school.

    We have books on shelves in grace's room. Bins of work books that are waiting to be used. Stashes of crayons, markers, color pencils and other writing implements. Loads of playdoh & tools. A tub filled to bursting with all types of coloring and activity books. Erasers squirreled away in jars. Games overflowing their shelves. Crates of puzzles. Buckets of flash cards for everything from Abc to SAT prep.

    I love buying books and supplies.
    There is a bit on the movie You've Got Mail where they are talking about school supplies & how they love the smell of them & love to buy them...that is me...send me a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils & I will be a happy girl :)

    I bought more books last weekend & bought a work book today (75 cents brand new!)

  • jeweldragons
    March 24, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    My home library consists of DVDs and books.  I'll give you what I have in my library so far. One of the books I have Grandma and the Pirates I have had since I was small and the cover is starting to come off. I also have some ECE textbooks of mine that I am keeping for reference.

    Books by Ayisha Blevins:
    • Silent Stalker
    • Locked In
    • Cages
    • The Golden Bull
    • Rainy
    • Under a War-Torn Sky
    • The Hobbit
    • The Orphan of Ellis Island
    • Silver
    • Habibi
    • Tarek
    • The Army of Lions
    • One World, Many Cultures 8th Edition
    • Getting Pregnant What You Need to Know Right Now
    • An Amish Gift
    • Oogy the dog only a family could love
    • The Dragonfly of Lookout Mountain
    • As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen
    • How to Protect Yourself from Jinn & Shaytan
    • Under the Blood-Red Sun
    • Year of Impossible Goodbyes
    • Dog Lost
    • Weedflower
    • Climbing the Stairs
    • Homeless Bird
    • Samir and Yonatan
    • The Girl Who Saw Lions
    • The Power of Illusion
    • The Audran Sequence
    • 2312
    • Ninety Nine Names of Allah (pocket edition)
    • Husna and the Eid Party An Eid Story
    • The Roses in My Carpets
    • Umar and the Bully
    • Signs of the Last Hour
    • The Rabbit Handbook
    • Latin America and Its People Second Edition
    • A Boy friom Makkah
    • Raising Children According to the Qur'an and Sunnah
    • Muharramat Forbidden Matters Some People Take Lightly
    • How to Bring Up Your Children Islamically
    • The Three Muslim Festivals
    • Light the Candle, Bang the Drum! A book of holidays around the world
    • Cinderella An Islamic Tale
    • My Du'a Book
    • My Wudu Book
    • My Prayer Book
    • Ramadan (On My Own Holidays)
    • The Wise Rabbit
    • A Khimar for Nadia
    • Love At Home
    • The Colour Blind Boy
    • New Friends, New Places
    • Magid Fasts for Ramadan
    • The Sealed Nectar (Ar-Raheequl-Makhtum) Biography of the Noble Prophet (SAW) (Revised Edition)-Pocket Size
    • Muslim Parents Their Rights and Duties
    • Three Cups of Tea One Man's Journey to Change the World One Child at a Time-The Young Reader's Edition
    • My Name is Bilal
    • The Arrow Over the Door
    • Grandma and the Pirates
    • Watership Down
    • A Brief Illustrated Guide to Understanding Islam
    • From Adam to Muhammad peace be upon them
    • Meeting the Challenges of Parenting in the West An Islamic Perspective
    National Geographic Kids:
    • Bats
    Fear Street Seniors:
    • Episode 1 Let's Party
    • Episode 2 In Too Deep
    The Boxcar Children:
    • The Boxcar Children
    • The Invasion
    • The Visitor
    Quran Stories for Little Hearts:
    • The Travels of The Prophet Ibrahim
    • Life Begins
    • The Brave Boy
    The Northland Trilogy:
    • Bronze Summer
    My Islamic Village:
    • My Chinese Village
    • My Yemeni Village
    The Inheritance Cycle:
    • Eragon
    • Eldest
    • Brisinger
    Golden Mountain Chronicles:
    • Dragonwings
    The Hunger Games:
    • The Hunger Games
    • Catching Fire
    • Mockingjay
    Advent Trilogy:
    • Advent
    Harry Potter:
    • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
    • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    The Ancient Blades Trilogy:
    • Den of Thieves Book 1
    Kingfisher Encyclopedia/Usborne Encyclopedia/Kingfisher Atlas:
    • The Kingfisher Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia
    • The Kingfisher Atlas of the Medieval World
    • The Kingfisher Illustrated Horse & Pony Encyclopedia
    • The Kingfisher Nature Encyclopedia
    The Magic School Bus:
    • The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds A Book About How LIving Things Grow
    • The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body
    • The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth
    • The Magic School Bus On the Ocean Floor
    The Dresden Files:
    • Cold Days
    The Dragonkeeper Trilogy:
    • Dragon Keeper
    • Garden of the Purple Dragon
    Islamic Movies:
    • The Message
    • Seven Wonders of the Muslim World
    Early Childhood Education Textbooks:
    • Working with Children from Culturally Diverse Backgrounds
    • Early Education Curriculum A Child's Connection to the World Fourth Edition
    • The Exceptional Child Inclusion In Early Childhood Education Sixth Edition
    • A Guidance Approach for the Encouraging Classroom 4th Edition
    • The Creative Curriculum For Infants, Toddlers & Twos Second Edition
    • The Creative Curriculum for Preschool Fourth Edition
    • Essentials of Biology
    • Charlotte Huck's Children's Literature A Brief Guide
    • Psychology an introduction Tenth Edition
    Other Movies/TV Shows:
    • Avatar the Last Airbender The Complete Book 1 Collection
    • Avatar the Last Airbender The Complete Book 2 Collection
    • Avatar the Last Airbender The Complete Book 3 Collection
    • Finding Nemo
    • Oliver and Company
    • Legend of the Guardians The Owls of Ga'Hoole
    • IMAX Hubble
    • Tron Legacy
    • The Great Mouse Detective
    • Bambi
    • The Sword in the Stone
    • Rio
    • Marry Poppins
    • Eragon
    • Ducktales the Movie Treasure of the Lost Lamp
    • Beauty and the Beast
    • Crusade in the Pacific Authentic WW2 Footage Vol. 1
    • Crusade in the Pacific Authentic WW2 Footage Vol. 2
    • Dragons World: A Fantasy Made Real
    • The Last Airbender
    Lord of the Rings Movie Trilogy:
    • Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring
    • Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
    • Lord of the Rings Return of the King
    Islamic Pamphlets:
    • Discover Islam The Reader
    • Discover Islam The Muslim Woman
    • Islam Explained
    • Concept of God in Islam
    • concept of Worship in Islam
    • Human Rights in Islam
    • What they say about The Prophet Muhammad
    • Unveiling the Mystery Hijab
    • Life after Death
    • Malcom X from Darkness to Light
    • The Month of Fasting Ramadan
    • What does Islam say about TERRORISM?
    • status of Women in Islam
    • The Origin of the Quran
    • Who is Jesus? peace be upon him


  • twyliatepeka
    March 24, 2013 at 1:52 AM
    I LOVE that you listed them all! :)
  • mrs.miller89
    March 24, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    We don't have a big one yet, but I just starting selling Usborne books so we will have a huge library soon!

  • Rust.n.Gears
    March 24, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Oh we have an extensive library after many years of homeschool five different children. I pick books up everywhere but mainly I get them from our second hand store Savers. My two greatest finds there were the entire collection of Signing Time videos and the Southwestern Company book collections - all of them ! I also found a beautiful storybook collection from Congrove that I had when I was a child. They were brand new ! I had to buy them all. The best part is that we use everything that I have bought. That is awesome to me.

  • KickButtMama
    March 24, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    I'm kinda a bibliophile. There wasn't a book invented that I didn't want to own! LOL. So my kids each have libraries dedicated to their ages, grades and interests. And then I have the book shelves dedicated to teaching/reference materials. I also collect science experiment kits and craft supplies. The kids can grab the materials to school for probably a year, all without leaving our house! LOL. 

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