Originally Posted by zebra15
1. The internet on a laptop with connections to a laser printer / fax/ copier / scanner.
2. 2nd computer for DS
3. Library card to large regional library with programs for school age kids and lots of books, dvds, etc
4. PAPER, you would not imagine the amount of paper DS goes through - also art supplies
5. Once the kids get going most can accomplish 2 grades per one year, so make sure you have lots of academics on hand for them once they get rolling. (this will vary per student and outside factors but around here this seems to be the case)
ETA my son will be 10 next school year... so he is probably a bit older than many of your kiddies...
zebra15- You've made me feel old, lol! My oldest is my dd, who is
10! That's very good advice with #5. I'm possibly going overboard with Math, Science, and Language this year, but I figure its all gravy considering I plan to homeschool for many years to come(my youngest dd is 2!). Most of the things I'm planning to purchase I can reuse with little dd in the future. I am buying Singapore Math and Science textbooks and home instructor's guides with the Math, so I decided to buy three workbooks of each instead of two.That way I'll have two workbooks, one for each of the older kids and one workbook left for little dd for future use.
I know how Singapore likes to revise their books and want to be sure I'll be able to reuse the textbooks and home instructor guides with her.