One item that has helped our homeschool is the erasable pen. Last year I heard a lecture by Andrew Pudewa , on how to get reluctant little boys to write. One of the most valuable things I learned was that pencils can make it difficult for children to write. He explained that pencils change as you write with them. You might start writing with a fine tipped, sharpened pencil, but by the end of the paragraph you have a dull, smudgy pencil. This change can frustrate many children as well as cause them to get up from their seat 100 times to sharpen their pencils.
We solved this problem in our house by purchasing erasable pens. These pens cost about $12 for two dozen on Amazon, although I am sure you can find them cheaper at your local store. The pen last for several months and they erase well.
When your child uses a pen, the force they exert to make marks on the paper is very consistent, unlike with a pencil. I chose erasable pens because my kids do not like to make mistakes or scratch things out. With my younger children (who don’t care about those things) we use washable markers.