I did most of my shopping so far at Target. It was a complete pleasure to visit that store. It was clean, very well-stocked, had great prices, and everything was easy to find. I highly recommend it.
I've decided to take the advice of some other homeschoolers and try uniforms this year. Simple enough--polo shirts or other collared shirts, and khaki colored bottoms. I hope it will reinforce the idea of "school time" versus "play time." I picked up some $5.99 polo shirts (assorted colors), a pair of shorts or a skort, and a pair of pants for $6.99. The kids are kind-of excited about the uniforms. My youngest because it's school-like and the oldest because she's reminiscent for her old Montessori school.
I bought a billion one-subject notebooks (for textbooks that do no come with workbooks), pencils, colored pencils, scissors, rulers, erasors, and other sundries. A Montessori homeschooling Yahoo group recommended Target for educational items in their dollar section. Bingo!
- There were flash cards for the presidents (passed them up), the states (got them), insects (got them), numbers, phonics, subtraction, multiplication, and division (passed them all up because I already have them),
- pocket organizers (great for calendar work and putting a schedule on the wall),
- teacher record keeping and lesson planning,
- organizer boxes,
- foam teaching clock with movable hands,
- work books on science, math, and animals,
- mini-globes (people suggested painting them to match the continent colors in Montessori),
- mini-journals good for kindergarten/first grade,
- write-on/wipe-off cursive practice and continent naming.
I bought loads!