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The Ultimate Back-To-School Shopping List For Homeschool

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Can you believe it’s August already? Summer always seems to fly by and the next thing you know it’s time for back-to-school shopping for school supplies.

While I don’t do traditional schooling and our school schedule may be different than the public school timeline, I like to take advantage of the back-to-school deals and stock up on the essentials. Back-to-school is also the time I take my daughters shopping for a new wardrobe, just like their public-schooled peers do.

Whether it’s back-to-school or back-to-homeschool, when you plan, prepare, schedule, organize, and get the tools and resources you need, you are more likely to have a successful school year.

You’ll probably find that my back-to-school list is not that different than yours, because I make the most of the back-to-school sales and tax-free items. This approach saves me money and helps me be more efficient in my budget, but produces the same level of excitement in my daughters.

Some ideas, depending on your back-to-school needs are:

  1. Laptops
  2. White computer paper, lined paper, graph paper
  3. Composition notebooks, sketchbooks, journals
  4. Pencils, pens, mechanical pencils, colored pencils, crayons, markers, highlighters, pencil sharpener, erasers
  5. Scissors
  6. Glue, glue sticks, glitter glue
  7. Folders
  8. Books
  9. Storage bins or crates, book shelves, 
  10. Printer
  11. White board, pin board, pins, dry erase marker, eraser
  12. 3-hole punch
  13. Tape
  14. Rulers
  15. Laminator
  16. Dictionary
  17. Desks or work tables and chairs
  18. Individual wastebaskets 
  19. Binders
  20. Index card box and cards dividers
  21. Accessories to make your homeschool day more enjoyable (lamps, calendars, artwork, etc.)

There’s a lot more, but here’s my favorite: I go back-to-school shopping at the start of the public school year because I know I’ll have to shop for clothes regardless, so why not take advantage of the back-to-school sales and save some money?

That’s what I’m talking about! Plus, here’s the deal – to my daughters, shopping for new clothes and school supplies gets them fired up about school. 

Of course, you know I homeschool and shop my way, sticking to my list, my budget, and what works for me and is relevant to my children, and my ultimate goals. Comparison is the thief of joy!

This year, I partnered with the Kohl’s Back to School #GameOn campaign to shop for back-to-school clothes and essentials online and in store and showcase my kids winning style this fall. Here’s a list of the amazing back-to-school selection at Kohl’s, which my daughters are beautifully showcasing in these pictures:


  • Kids (SONOMA – comfort through new stretch technology)
  • Girls/Juniors (Details such as destruction, new washes, patches, and shine)
  • Boys/Young Mens (Trend right fits and comfort through increased stretch)
  • Priority Brands: Levi’s, Mudd, SO, Urban Pipeline, SONOMA


  • Basic, Trend, and Graphic Tees
  • Kids (character graphic tees, comfortable playwear)
  • Girls (Licensed Character tees featuring Descendants 2, Wovens and Vintage Sporty are key trends)
  • Juniors (feminine details, sporty vintage, and graphic tees)
  • Boys/Young Men’s (graphic tees featuring licensed superheroes and active brands) 


  • All Ages: Under Armour
  • Girls (SO Performance collection – new sweatshirt silhouettes, leggings with mesh and cutouts, and tees)
  • Juniors (Madden Girl “GI Jane” collection with shine and laceup details)
  • Young Men’s (Tek Gear featuring DryTek fabric to wick away moisture and enhance comfort, Nike Newness featuring a Dry Fleece fabric and new styles featuring Coder and Marble print collections)
  • Priority Brands: Under Armour, Nike, Adidas, Tek Gear, Madden Girl


  • Nike, Under Armour, Adidas, Converse, Stride Rite, Sketchers, Vans, New Balance, Asics


  • Backpacks (Under Armour, Nike, Jansport, Licensed Character)
  • Licensed Character underwear for kids, boys, girls, and young men’s
  • Gold Toe basics
  • Nike basics
  • Juniors basics & Bralettes (SO, Candies)
  • Uniforms (Chaps)

I know you noticed the Disney and Descendants theme, because you know we are hardcore Disney fans and dreams and magic is what marking the start of the new school year is all about. The new styles fit the modest mission of The Positive MOM Academy – yeah, that’s my homeschool name! 

Many homeschool moms feel that back-to-school clothes are not necessary because the kids are – well – home! I know that we have our days in which we all stay in our pajamas all day, but it is proven that just getting dressed up for the day will increase your confidence and your performance (and that goes for them as homeschoolers and for myself as a home educator and mompreneur).

Of course, for many of us, looking at these lists can feel overwhelming, so these tips will make it a bit easier:

1 ~ Have a conversation before you go. Answer these questions to make sure everyone is on the same page and to help them feel involved in the process:

  • What do the kids want and what do they need? Get clear on the difference.
  • What is the budget? Commit to sticking to it and not straining it.
  • What are the priorities? Put those on the top of the list and go straight for them.

2 ~ Don’t rush the process. Don’t rush it. Make sure every child has plenty of time to choose items they love and fits their timeless style (versus something too trendy they may use once or twice and discard).

3 ~ Seek out the deals! A great opportunity coming up is the Kohl’s Friends and Family sale August 17th to the 20th to help prepare our children to bring their winning game face for day 1 of school with their back-to-school selection. Write this down: you get 20% off with code SAVER.

Also make sure you take advantage of the 8/4 – 8/20 sale, which is $10 off $50 kids clothes, when you use Promo Code: BTS10 in the categories: Kid’s Clothes, Junior’s Clothes, Young Men’s Clothes, Footwear, Juniors’ Accessories and Character Backpacks!

What are is your top back-to-school shopping tip? Let’s learn from one another so we can start the school year off right and save money on our back-to-school supply list. 

For more information, be sure to follow along with the hashtags #GameOn and #KohlsBackToSchool. You can follow Khol’s online at @Kohls on Instagram, @Kohls on Twitter, @Kohls on Pinterest, and @Kohls on Facebook.

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Thursday 21st of September 2017

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Monday 28th of August 2017

Kohls always has the best sales on jeans! I need to stock up myself.


Saturday 26th of August 2017

Wow! This is a complete list and I am totally bookmarking this page! We don't have a kid at home but I sure love checking out school and art supplies.


Thursday 24th of August 2017

I love Kohls for back to school shopping. They always have a great variety and prices are also amazing.

Reese Alvarado

Thursday 24th of August 2017

That clothes are so nice. And this is a great list. I also make it every year, and usually forget something.