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School Supplies to Buy

School Stuff Series - Part III

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Every year parents hit the stores with a list of school supplies to buy. Though some of the school stuff (backpacks, water bottles, etc.) can be reused, most of the school supplies to buy are the things that get used up or worn out during the school year. These items may be on your child’s supply list from school, but some are things you will need at home too. Usually these type of school supplies are cheaper to buy during the back-to school season, so it’s a good idea to stock up.
  • Lined paper - Be sure you buy loose leaf or filler paper in the correct rule (college or wide) for your child’s grade requirement or preference. If your child is in preschool through second grade, the wide-lined paper with dotted lines may be needed. Though this type often isn’t required, it’s still a good idea to have some around the house.

  • Graph paper/graph paper notebook - Doing math problems on graph paper can make lining up problems so much easier for children. If you have a copier, you can copy it when your supply runs low.

  • Notebooks - You may need spiral and/or composition notebooks. Don't buy multiple-subject spiral notebooks, unless required. By the time your child uses more than 70 pages of a notebook, it's probably pretty tattered and needs replacement anyway. Try to buy notebooks in a variety of colors, so kids can easily tell which is for which subject. Check teachers’ lists/rules before buying notebooks with pictures on them as these may not be allowed. Don't forget to check if it's college or wide rule.

  • Folders - Look for sturdy folders. Also same thing applies as with notebooks, buy a variety of colors and check the teacher’s rules about pictures.

  • Binder/accordion folder - In theory these are reusable every year, but since you can run them through the washer like a backpack, they usually need to be tossed. Plus a fresh new binder or accordion folder will inspire kids to stay organized…at least for a while.

  • Homework book/academic planner - The school may sell a specific one it wants kids to use, so check before you buy this school item elsewhere.

  • Glue - Teachers may require glue sticks and/or school glue. Check the list. Both are sold as loss leaders at back-to-school time and may cost 10 times more later in the year, so buy extra.

  • Pencils - Buy lots! If your child is in preschool or primary grades, the fat, easy-grip pencils may be required. These are especially hard to come by later in the school year.

  • Pencil sharpener - Probably your child's classroom has a pencil sharpener, but he or she may still need a small one to keep in their pencil case. Be sure it fits the size pencil your child uses. A quality pencil sharpener is a handy school supply to have at home.

  • Erasers - The pink erasers usually work better than any of those erasers in cute shapes. Get some eraser caps for the end of pencils too. Though these don't work at well as the pink ones either, they are at least convenient.

  • Pens - Check your child’s supply list to be sure you get the right color (usually red, blue, and/or black) and type (erasable, ball point, fine point, etc.).

  • Highlighters - Unless a teacher specifies differently, kids probably only need one or two colors of highlighters, so if you buy a four-pack, keep some at home in case the others get lost.

  • Crayons - You can buy the super-large pack for home, but stick with whatever size pack (usually between 8 and 24) that the teacher requires for school. The large packs don’t fit in pencil cases.

  • Markers/colored pencils - Again, don’t buy large packs than is required; kids only have so much room in their desks.

  • Storage boxes/pencil case - These are often quite worn after a year of use, but old storage boxes can be used to create a moveable homework station at home.

Shop Online: Usually the items listed above are the type of school supplies to buy in stores. However, I found this convenient school supply pack (pictured above) for grades 3-5, from from Crayola that you can order online. It contains folders, art paper, a spiral notebook, filler paper, composition book, black and red pens, 24-pack crayons, colored pencils, washable markers, index cards, tissues, scissors, highlighter, pink eraser, pencil bag, pencils, sharpener, glue stick, ruler and hand sanitizer. Shop Now

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