The stores are bustling these days, sales for school supplies and for a homeschooler it's not a moot point, even if you see education as something that happens year-rounds. Make the best of these sales, as you'd be surprised at what you can find. Don't be afraid to buy in advance, nor to take advantage of end of season sales. Just buy a size or two up, because the odds are, you child will need them at some point and the weather and your child's size will coincide.
I have to say that being homeschoolers, I like that my child doesn't have to dress like the popular kid. Because, as I've discovered at her summer recital for her parks and rec program, she is the popular kid. She is able to set her own trends with her friends, not only her homeschooled friends, but her public school and private schooled friends.
But hey – that big box store and then the office supply store are both having sales like you couldn't believe, so along with the clothing re-stock (and thank heavens for being in a state with no sales tax on clothing) we also buy our supplies for the year ahead, restocking on some, and building up the cupboard for the coming year.
So what's on our list?
Manilla Construction Paper
Colored Construction Paper
Spiral bound notebooks
3 ring binders
Extra Large Manilla Paper (for if/when we do lap books)
Add into it things that you might find useful and take it with you. Have fun and remember, on September 1, you don't have to haul your child off to school early in the morning, as he or she has been learning all along.