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The flyers, the stores, and the advertisements are reminding us that it’s back-to-school time! While we homeschool year-round, I can’t help but get caught up in the back-to-school excitement.

There are a few things that I like to do every year to make the most of this transition time and today I want to share those ideas with you!

Get organized

This is a fantastic time to do some cleaning and organizing. We live in a townhouse and we don’t have a dedicated homeschool space, so it’s especially important for us to regularly clean and organize our small homeschool space. While cleaning, we take inventory of the materials and books we have.

Sell old curriculum

Once you’ve taken inventory of your books and supplies, make plans to sell your old or unused curriculum and textbooks. People are planning their upcoming year and are on the lookout for great materials. Outside of placing ads online, you can participate in curriculum swaps, or let your homeschool community know which materials you’re selling.

Stock up on supplies

We don’t let this season pass without stocking up on school supplies. There are many deals available and if you’re closely watching the flyers and sales, you can save a lot of money on the items you’ll need this year.

We can usually find great deals on markers, pencil crayons, glue, and paper during this time of year.


Planning is an important part of our back-to-school activities. I usually set aside a few hours to do some back-to-homeschool planning before we actually switch grades and start our new homeschool year.

Sometimes, I will even organize a homeschool planning retreat, so that the planning process is extra-special and enjoyable!

Back to school photos

We love to take photos of our girls on their “first day” of a new grade. These photos serve as a great little gifts to our friends and relatives.

There is plenty of inspiration on the internet and Pinterest to help make back-to-school photos especially unique.

First day of school self-portraits

This activity has become a bit of a tradition for us. On our first official day of a new grade, I provide a mirror and some drawing materials for the girls. Then I invite them to draw a self-portrait.

I love seeing how their self-portraits have evolved over the years!

Back-to-homeschool celebration

We belong to a homeschool association and every September they host a back-to-homeschool picnic. This has become an important part of our homeschool traditions.

If you don’t belong to a homeschool association or co-op, perhaps you could arrange a back-to-homeschool celebration!


Now it’s your turn! How do you prepare for the back-to-homeschool season? I invite you to comment below and share this post in your homeschool communities.


Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly

Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of Deliberate Homeschooling and The Deliberate Mom. Jennifer writes about her homeschooling journey and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.

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