Educating the kids at home is a big task for any parent. Research. Plan. Implement. Repeat.
Every day. Every week. Every year.
The teacher deserves a special treat in recognition of their homeschooling efforts. Maybe the homeschool teacher is your child. Maybe it’s your spouse. And maybe it’s your parent.
No matter who you see rocking out the job of a homeschool parent, you can find something on this list to brighten their day.
Note: I tried to include gifts that would work for a homeschool dad as well.
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1. Teaching Shirts
I am a nut for original shirts. I love nerdy, math-y, teacher-y shirts. (And yes, I do consider all of those adjectives.) Here are a few of my personal favorites:
2. Hire Her Some Help
Hire a regular babysitter so she can get a few things done once a week.
Arrange a cleaning lady. Even once a month will give her a break.
Meal Planning Help. Companies like Blue Apron will customize menus to your taste and ship you the ingredients and recipes for either 2 or 4 recipes each week. Even one month provides her with much-needed relief.
3. School Supplies for the Teacher
You can’t go wrong with a few handy, fun supplies for a homeschool parent’s stocking. We homeschooling mommas can get strangely giddy about school supplies, especially ones just for us!
A. Sharpies. I have bins filled with sharpies. All colors. All tips. I love sharpies.
B. Mini Post-Its. I use these as bookmarks in read-aloud books, in my bullet journal as tabs, and in so many more places. I love this size!
C. Ticonderoga Pencils. (yes, pencil brand does matter) My kids have the yellow ones, so I’d love a different color to claim as my own: Black or even neon!
D. Felt Tip Markers. I do assume that all homeschool parents are as pen-obsessed as I am. If so, these are my favorite. I use them every. single. day.
E. Cow Bell. It might be goofy, but it is so very useful!
F. Paper Trimmer. Because there is always cutting.
G. Rolling Cart. Yes, you know I love my rolling cart.
F. Laminator. I finally splurge on one of these this year and I have not regretted it. These are so handy for saving precious schooling gems.
It’s easy for any mother to neglect herself. Give a gift that will remind her that she deserves some self-care.
A. Spa Gift certificate. Call the local spa and grab a gift card that will cover a manicure, pedicure, and/or a facial.
B. Local Restaurant Gift Card. Send her to dinner alone or with a friend while you take care of the kids and bedtime.
C. Massage from a Professional. One time or even monthly. This is a gift that any mom will treasure.
5. Personal Treats
A. Candles. There is something cozy and warm when a candle is lit.
B. Fuzzy Blanket. Homeschooling mommas spend a lot of time snuggled up on the sofa. Alone or with kids. A fuzzy blanket that is all their own is the perfect treat.
C. Tumbler with a Straw. My kids are always trying to swipe this from me. It’s very handy for a mom on the go, even when it is just going from room to room in the house.
D. Tea for One. A personal teapot and cup.
E. Field Trip Purse. A small purse that will fit a phone, keys, cash and a credit card. I use it for field trips instead of dragging my everyday larger purse all over the museum or zoo.
6. Handy Memberships
A. Amazon Prime. This is a must. Treat her for a year!
B. Local Science Museum. Find the closest science museum that is part of the ASTC passport program. One membership allows entrance to science centers all over the United States.
C. Local Zoo. If a zoo is close by, grab a membership for the year.
D. Netflix. Online streaming is so convenient for great movies and documentaries. Add on the DVD delivery for even better options.
7. Useful Electronics
A. Tablet. So useful. So very very useful. There are many to choose from so shop around.
B. Wireless speaker. Play your memory work music chants. Listen to a story. Tune into child-friendly podcasts.
C. Bluetooth Headphones. These are essential so mom can tune into great podcasts while folding laundry or running. This particular pair stays put while I workout or work around the house.
8. Encouragement and Guides
The overwhelming majority of homeschooling moms love to read. I love a title that inspires my homeschooling self.
A. Anything by Sir Ken Robinson. His words are powerful and encouraging.
B. A Gracious Space by Julie Bogart. Fall. Winter. Spring. These daily readings are wonderful encouragement for any homeschooling momma’s soul.
C. Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola is my favorite “homeschooling method” guide. It is easy to read and understand for the parent wishing to implement some of Charlotte’s philosophies.
D. Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. It has been a long time since I read this one, and it is on my list to return to again.
E. Homeschool Alliance Membership. Give her the gift of a membership to the Homeschool Alliance with Julie Bogart where she can join monthly seminars, read articles for the master class, get support from other moms, and practice monthly self-care.
F. The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer. This is the ultimate guide to implementing a Classical Homeschool model. In my opinion, it is a must-have even if you aren’t committed to a classical model. The ideas and resources are fantastic.
The Best Gift for a Homeschool Mom
Time to herself. Without appointments or agenda. A full day would be nice. An overnight would be amazing. Even a half day would be blissful.
If possible, arrange this time off during the school week. Let her have a school day off!
My husband gave me a day off every month for 9 months because his job allowed it that year. It was the best gift ever for my survival. Of course, based on your work leave and schedule you will have to arrange what you can. But time off is a truly amazing gift! Best of all, this one is FREE!