It used to be that only teachers and school systems had to worry about where to get educational supplies. Today, many parents have chosen to home school their children for a variety of reasons, and they have to have access to the same kinds of educational supplies that most school systems use. The problem with this is that most home schooling parents don’t want to buy in bulk, as they only have a few children to teach. Luckily, the marketplace has adjusted so that everyone can find educational supplies when they need them.
One of the most obvious places to get educational supplies is to look online. There are a lot of sites dedicated to home schooling, and they will have information on where to order supplies, and how to get the best deals. Remember that if you have a home schooling network in your community, you can all put your money together to make one order, thus saving a little money on the educational supplies as well as the shipping costs. You can go to places like Staples or Office Depot to get some of your educational supplies, though they may not have everything you need. You will find most of the paper products you need, as well as rulers, math tools, computer software, craft supplies, and even furniture. You can buy computer printer paper rather cheaply there, and you can also find bulk amounts to save money.
For textbooks and that type of educational supplies, you may have to do a little more searching. There are different styles of teaching and you have to decide what methods you want to use before you purchase books. Once you have decided, you will have to search online or at your local bookstore for the textbooks you need. Keep an eye out for specialty bookstores in your area that may be able to provide all of the educational supplies you need in one shot.
If you are still having trouble finding the right educational supplies, talk to your school district. They may be able to tell you where to get your supplies, or they may offer to sell you some of theirs. This will depend on the school system and the state you live in. I do know that some schools used to loan out textbooks to home school families in their district as long as they were returned at the end of the year.