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Reasons to have Homeschool IDs

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Homeschool teacher and student ids weren’t something I thought about until recently.  I would order stuff online from educational websites, and I’d think it was unfair that I couldn’t get a teacher’s discount.  I would think about how it’s unfair that my daughter won’t be able to receive student discounts at various places, like at movie theaters.  But it didn’t occur to me that we SHOULD have ids.

Then I started seeing IDs for sale on certain sites, like the Home School Legal Defense Site, and I saw free IDs that you can print out and laminate yourself on other sites.  I started thinking how beneficial it would be to have IDs.  Something kind of official stating that we homeschool.

I started to do some research and found out that at certain places you CAN get a teacher or student discount if you have a homeschool ID.  What?!  I wish I knew this sooner!  Discounts aren’t the only reason why homeschoolers should consider having IDs made, but it’s a darn good one.

Here are a few of my top reasons for having homeschool IDs:

1.  If you are ever questioned by a police officer, or other official, you can prove that you are a homeschooling family.

2.  You may be able to get special discounts for entrance at local museums, zoos, plays, and other field trip locations.

3.  You can enjoy discounts at educational stores, arts and craft stores, book stores, and office supply stores.

4.  It may be your child’s only form of ID until he/she gets a driver’s license.

5.  It makes your child happy to have an ID card they can show to people.  Somehow it validates homeschooling for some kids.

There are many options online for obtaining IDs.  I printed some off a free site and laminated them, and they came out great.  Those were really just temporary cards for us, until the ones from the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) arrived.  We love our new ID cards.  The ones from HSLDA are really nice.  They are hard cards, not laminated cards.  They look very official.  They are a little pricey considering you can print your own at home, but I think it was worth it.  You can order the HSLDA cards at the site below, but they are only for HSLDA members.

https://store.hslda.org/teacher-and-student-photo-ids–hslda-members-only-c281.aspx

I’ve recently heard several stories about homeschooling parents being stopped by law officials and questioned about why their kids weren’t in school.  It sounds like having an ID card can come in quite handy in those types of situations.  The HSLDA card states that Homeschooling falls under private school laws, and it has the HSLDA information on it.  I am now carrying our cards with me in my purse, just in case.  HSLDA advises if you are ever questioned about homeschooling, to contact them immediately to make them aware of the situation.

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Do you have teacher and student IDs?  If yes, have they come in handy?  I’d love to hear how others use their cards.

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A few great websites for buying school products

My goal is to give Kayla (and my nephew) a relaxed daycare/preschool experience at home.  I think it is important to have the right tools in order to do it right.  I recently did a blog post about some essential items to have on-hand for activities.  Now this post is about where to buy products that you would find in most schools, so that you can use them at home.  You don’t have to be an actual licensed teacher working in a traditional school to buy school supplies.  Any of us can order them online, or go to a teacher supply store.  My mom used to take me to teacher supply stores when I was little.  I absolutely loved them.  She would take me there when there was something I really, REALLY wanted that I used at school.  Or when she needed something to assist her in reinforcing what I was learning in school.  I will always remember going there when I was in elementary school to buy scented markers.  Each marker smelled like a different type of fruit.  One of my teachers had markers like this, and I was insistent that I had to have some of my own.  My mom was nice enough to buy them for me, even though I could tell she didn’t get what the big deal was about scented markers.

Anyway, two of my favorite teacher supply websites are:

Lakeshore Learning –    http://www.lakeshorelearning.com

Really Good Stuff –        http://www.reallygoodstuff.com

If you have one of the physical Lakeshore Learning Stores near you, I highly recommend going there and checking it out.  I love this store and could easily spend an hour in there looking around at everything.  There are educational toys, regular kids books, activity books, lesson plan books, organizational and storage supplies, decorations for bulletin boards, computer software, arts and craft supplies, classroom furniture, etc.  There are so many different things to choose from in the store.  Just walking around the store and looking at everything gives you many new ideas of things you can do with your kids.  Pretty much everything in the store, can be found on their website, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t have a physical store near you.  I’ve seen a demonstration of their interactive computer software in their store, and I have to admit I was impressed.  The physical stores also have crafts every Saturday for kids.  I haven’t gone yet, but it sounds like fun.

Really Good Stuff is my second choice for teacher supplies.  Some products on this site are actually cheaper than the same product on the Lakeshore Learning site.  I like to check prices on both sites and see which is better.  I don’t think the Really Good Stuff website is quite as big as Lakeshore Learnings website, but they have the same types of products on their site.  One thing I love about this site is that they have an EZ Pay option.  You can divide up the cost of your order into 3 easy payments instead of having to pay for it all at once.  You get your order right away, but you’ll still be charged two more times before your order is paid off.  I tend to be on a budget for what I can spend each month, so this is a nice option for me.  I can still buy everything I need, but spread the payments out over three months.

There are a few other sites that I’ve been told are good sites by friends and fellow bloggers, but I haven’t ordered from them yet, so I don’t have personal experience.  I’ve viewed their products online, and they seem okay.  Some of these sites seem a little smaller though as far as product offerings.  I think they are worth checking out though.

http://shop.teachingstuffshop.com

http://www.discountschoolsupply.com

http://www.rainbowresource.com

http://www.zteacher.com/0810/catalog/

I hope my little list is helpful to some of you homeschooling parents out there.  These sites aren’t just for parents who are homeschooling young kids.  These websites are great for all homeschooling families.

Let me know what you think of the sites.  Which ones do you prefer?  Do you use a particular site that I don’t have listed?  Please share any sites that you can recommend to other bloggers.  Thanks!

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