Monday, May 16, 2016

A Homeschool Co-op Survival Kit

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As a mom, I think I live on coffee.  My kids mention it to me regularly actually, that I *need* to have my coffee in the morning.  It seemed like when I started homeschooling two instead of one, the coffee increased, and then when my baby turned into a toddler, I added an extra cup in the afternoon!

With all the coffee consumption, I realized that homeschooling is not a one person job, you need a community.

Finding other parents who are also homeschooling shouldn’t be difficult, but when you are still relatively new to homeschooling, and a serious introvert, stepping out and finding new people proved a little more complicated.  

This past fall we did something new in our homeschool.  We joined a co-op. 


I did not realize going into the co-op the amount of time and energy these other moms would bring in to teach some fun subjects to my children.  It is amazing to see the passion and love that is in that group, and I definitely appreciate them.

I thought that it would be a good idea to make a little homeschool goodie basket, or emergency kit, for those days when we are at co-op.


No matter how much planning goes into the day, there are little things that are forgotten, or needed at the last minute, and this was my purpose in putting together this little basket.


What I included in our homeschool survival basket:

·      Pad of paper
·      Pencils
·      Erasers
·      Pencil
·      Pencil sharpener
·      Tissues
·      Glue
·      Hand sanitizer
·      Lotion
·      Stapler
·      Gum

Having these little items available “just in case” is a help to the other moms, as well as myself.  One of the most important items in that basket though?  The gum.


Did you see that little blurb at the top about the coffee?  Well, that is a common thread among all moms, homeschooling or not, I believe.  And we all know that come 10am, our breath is less than fresh.  I was happy to swing by Walgreens to pick up the new Extra® 35-stick pack.  The Extra® Gum Spearmint and Extra® Gum Polar Ice® packs make a nice addition to the basket.  Especially come 3pm when we feel like we *need* a treat, but don’t necessarily want to indulge in something sweet…and probably should refrain from an extra cup of coffee!


I also love that the packaging is durable, recycled packaging and that it features more gum – 35 sticks!  Which is great when sharing with the other moms in the group.  And my kids have already requested the packages when they are empty for cases when we go on our nature walks.


What is your plan to Give Extra in order to Get Extra this summer?  Do you have a survival kit for when you are out with other moms?

26 comments:

  1. I have a similar survival pack as I travel about for my business. I added some sunscreen because I had to be outside unexpectedly and got a sunburn!

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  2. What a great idea and such a thoughtful gift! You have great items that are necessities for kiddos in that basket and for adults! Love how easy it is, but also so creative!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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  3. This is such a great gift idea!!! We have a lot of friends who home school and i know they'd appreciate this!! #client

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  4. We travel so much - I also have an emergency kit I keep in the car. You've got some great ideas here!

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  5. What a great survival pack and gum is always a must have in my bag. It helps me calm down when I am feeling nervous!

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  6. Great idea to overcome the dreaded 'coffee breath'! I am sure the other moms appreciate the gesture.

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  7. I think this would work great for non-homeschoolers too. Having a survival or emergency kit can really come in handy.

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  8. Great homeschool survival kit. Make sure teach those kids if they get some gum they throw it away in the trash because a pet peeve of mine is gum being put in random places and I step or touch it!

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  9. This is a great survival kit. It sounds like you have all of the necessities. xx Rebeka

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  10. Some mornings I could use an IV drip of coffee to get going. Other mornings I have to have at least 2 cups just to get started. Yep, I always keep some gum around later to freshen my breath, too. These are the things I just gotta have!

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  11. This is so interesting! I really enjoy reading your blog about home schooling!
    And your kids are very caring, lucky you!

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  12. I have toddlers right now but I am thinking of home schooling them when the time comes. I will keep this all in mind!

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  13. I love this survival kit! I am strongly considering home schooling, the world is just so crazy!

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  14. What an awesome kit and definitely much needed I don't home school but those that do are definitely amazing

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  15. Great survival kit. I never forget hand sanitizer! HA! You just never know where this little hands have been.

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  16. haha no survival kit...well thats not true...i'm a hockey mom! I'm come to tournaments with mini sticks, food galore, and a first aid kit!

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  17. I love to give personalized gifts and kits. I see ideas in your kit that would work great for teacher kits.

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  18. Having a designated basket of supplies for co-op days is a great idea! Gum is always an essential item in my car--you never know with boys when it will be needed!

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  19. That is such a smart idea. It's funny that this survival kit looks quite similar to what is inside of my purse.

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  20. Having gum is definitely an important part of any survival kit. This particular brand tastes great and lasts a long time.

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  21. I've always thought co-ops were a brilliant idea. A great way for homeschoolers to get the most out of the experience.

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  22. I don't home-school, but I know of several homeschoolers that could benefit from something like this. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea!

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  23. I love the idea of having a survival kit for your homeschool co op. You threw in some great essentials! Especially the tissues and sanitizer :)

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  24. I think this is a really great idea. Survival kits always comes in handy. Homeschooling is no easy task and drinking coffee is better then smoking.

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  25. This is a great idea. I love the idea of having items on hand for emergencies! It makes things much easier!

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  26. THis survival kit could serve double and triple duty

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