One of the most frustrating things for parent(s) at the end of the summer is waiting for the school supplies list from their kids’ school(s). The second most frustrating is going to the local Wal-Mart or office supply store and buying the supplies. A lot of the times school supply lists have obscure and useless items, which the schools themselves usually supply. Here is a list of essential school supplies that your kids will put to use.
1. Colored Pencils/Markers/Crayons
Yes the three are different, but the truth is you only really need one, and if your student’s teacher insists on them using a specific kind then you can buy it after school starts. Now most schools do supply these items, but the problem is an elementary school student, especially the younger ones, aren’t good at sharing with others. Furthermore, the school coloring tools are often missing a specific color, or the coloring tool is defunct. A pack of 24 of any of the three should suffice.
This is an item that many parents would go duh!?! Why would I send my child to school without a backpack? The mistake that parents make with this common tool is that they usually go with the princess or superhero backpack. The truth is that those kinds of backpacks usually don’t last long and will break very easily. Go for the plainer backpacks that are more durable. These backpacks can last through the elementary school years, which will cut costs each year for school supplies.
3. Pencil Pouch/Box
This is a very useful accessory to help your child stay organized and to keep his/her backpack clean. Colored pencils, crayons, scissors, glue sticks, pencils and many other daily school supplies can be stored in one pouch or box, but make sure you don’t overstuff the pouch or box or else there could be a huge mess waiting for you to cleanup after.
4. Glue Stick
Some schools may require just regular glue, but a glue stick is easier for a child to carry around and most schools supply regular glue anyways so glue isn’t necessary. A glue stick is very handy however, because most the glue sticks at most schools are dried out.
Many ES nowadays require your child to have binders. Binders are easy to use and kid friendly. I suggest that you look for Avery brand binders because through my experience I can honestly say that I’ve had the best times with that brand. I personally like one inch ringed binders better than the 3 inch binders that schools require, but in truth both is fine. I just feel that the one inch binders makes it easier for kids to organize, which is an essential skill for middle and high school.
6. Composition Books/Spiral Notebooks
Either one is fine for an ES school student. There are pro’s and cons for both. For the composition book the pros are that it’s more ES friendly. Most teachers ask for these kinds of notebooks and the composition notebooks have friendly wide ruled margins. The cons are that it can’t be but in a binder. The pro for a spiral notebook is that it could be put in a binder and therefore easy to keep track of it, but the cons include pages being easily torn out and after much use it becomes harder to flip through the pages.
7. Loose Leaf/Filler Paper
It is essential for a student to have some extra sheets of paper in his/her binder. It makes messy math problems or inside recesses more bearable.
8. Pocket Folders
A lot of people underestimate the power of a few pocket folders. Sometimes a student’s binder will get completely filled and so some excess paper can be put into pocket folders instead of being crumpled up in the backpack. Furthermore, permission slips for field trips, notes to the teacher, and other miscellaneous papers can be filed into one or more of the folders for easy access and just to make sure that your student don’t lose track of them.
9. Stapler/Hole Puncher
Sometimes an ES will need to use a stapler or hole-puncher and usually when this happens the rest of the class would need to use it too, so it is more convenient for your child to have his/her own. A hole puncher ruler will work best. It’s small, easy to carry and will fit in a three ring binder. A mini stapler should suffice, but sometimes younger kids get distracted with staplers and use it as a weapon and so you might want to buy a no staple stapler. These staplers can keep up to 5 single sheets of paper together without an actual staple in the papers.
10. Index Cards
Index cards are extremely useful for an ES students. Whether it’s for spelling words or for math concepts index cards are an easy way for students to study for quizzes and tests.
I hope that this list of Items and descriptions will help you parents pick exactly what is essential for school and what kind of items to pick over others.