Back-to-School Time has Arrived!
And that means it’s time for back-to-school shopping!
Most schools send out a grade-specific school supplies list in early August, and they’re filled with items you’re supposed to buy so your kid is prepared for the upcoming school year. But depending on your child’s grade level, that list can be pretty long and potentially overwhelming to your budget – especially if you feel the need to purchase everything.
Never fear! We’ve assembled this list of school supplies filled with items your kids will really use throughout the year. Focus on buying those first as a way to lower the stress on you and your pocketbook. We also recommend taking stock of your current school supplies before you go shopping so you don’t spend money on gear you already have.
It seems to me that backpacks are needed more than ever these days. I am amazed at the amount of items your average school expects kids to carry. With heavy textbooks, multiple folders, workbooks, lunchboxes, and more, backpacks make life much easier for students. It’s much easier for your child to use a backpack rather than try to balance everything in his arms or in smaller bags.
Pencils and Pens
Yes, this is a no-brainer, but nevertheless very important. Your child can’t do work if she doesn’t have anything to write with. While you don’t need to purchase ALL of the three or four dozen pencils many of school lists require, your child does need a few #2 pencils to last them throughout the school year. And depending upon the grade level of your child, she will need some pens as well.
Kids are rough on their pencil erasers. They push down hard to erase, which can cause the eraser to break off. We advise purchasing pencil-top erasers and a few of the larger rubber erasers to help with writing mishaps.
This is an important item – at least in elementary years, as kids use scissors often during the school year. Learning proper cutting techniques helps your child hone his fine motor skills and can help his writing skills as well.
These are also important, as your child needs to hold schoolwork, homework, and other important papers that accumulate over the year.
Since items like pencils, scissors, crayons, and glue sticks fill up the average school supplies list, it’s helpful to have a pencil case or box to keep those items contained. Not only do they keep desks orderly, but pencil cases also prevent your child from losing her items.
For older kids who don’t have permanent desks, a pencil bag that fits inside a 3-ring binder is a great choice.
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