For many families, a new homeschool year has just begun. Homeschool parents are shopping for supplies and planning field trips to libraries, museums, galleries, zoos, parks, and other places of educational interest. As you prepare for the school year, you may want to add an additional item to your supply list: a set of homeschool ID cards.
Why use homeschool ID cards?
ID cards can help homeschool families distinguish themselves from the crowd of traditionally schooled students and chaperones who also visit the same educational locations.
ID cards, especially teacher ID cards, may provide eligibility for educational discounts at stores. You can find an updated list of stores with teacher discounts here: 81 Teacher Discounts.
Where can families get homeschool ID cards?
Homeschool families do not have to pay to get homeschool ID cards. Here is a list of resources you can use to create totally free homeschool ID cards.
State/Local Homeschool Organizations: Check out your state and local homeschool organizations. The organization may offer homeschool ID cards as part of their membership. For example, Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV) offers teacher ID cards as a benefit to its members.
Homeschool Buyers Co-op: If you are a member of Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op, you can easily make an attractive card using the resources on their website. Once your card is completed, you can pay to have a laminated card shipped to you or you can print and laminate one at home.
Big Huge Labs: This another user friendly website for making ID cards. Follow their step by step instructions for creating a homeschool ID card you’ll be proud to display.
Canva: If you’re computer saavy, you can use Canva to create personalized ID cards. Their templates are easy to use and can be customized to suit your needs. Once you’re finished designing, print out the cards and laminate them.
What information should be displayed on homeschool ID cards?
Basic identifying information is sufficient. This often includes a child’s photo, name, grade level, homeschool name, and school year date. Some parents also choose to include an identification number or bar code as well. In order to maintain privacy, do not place birthdates or addresses on the ID card.
Have you ever used homeschool ID cards for your family? Are there any other benefits of using homeschool ID cards? If so. let us know by leaving a comment below.