I don’t recall when individual teachers began having their own lists of school supplies for their classrooms. Mostly I recall, starting in seventh year of school, a list made for each grade. Requirements of school supplies. That was the year I remember I HAD to have TI-83 calculator. Remember those? They aren’t used anymore and in my Freshman year of high school I actually had a class in which I learned everything about that calculator. Which serves me no justice now, considering the fact that that particular calculator is obsolete. They could be using any fancy, really expensive calculator now that I am sure I wouldn’t have a clue as to how it worked.
Still, kids in elementary do have the basics that they will use throughout their time spent at the school. This will be my first year buying for my youngest daughter as my oldest is in school in another state and is being provided for by my mother until later notice.
Many teachers, from what I understand, provide their students with many of the supplies that they will use during the school year. Which is great. The supplies that they buy for the students are generally either bought out-of-pocket or through school funds.
What are these basic essentials that any and all parents should buy for their elementary school student? A pencil box or bag (5″x8″x2″), number two pencils, colored pencils, a box of sixteen crayons, markers, a ruler, scissors (blunt ones for the younger students), pencil sharpener, glue (the teacher should list what kind for you unless it will be provided for in the class), and the never-forgotten eraser.
I suggest buying extras for everything including the pencil box/bag. Why? Well, so you don’t run out ad as for the pencil box/bag, with my experience, they always break. Hence the reason why I don’t care for the boxes. The bags are batter. Even when the pulley for the zipper comes off you can still get it open unless the zipper breaks as well. Also, it makes for more room in the backpack.
Now, I must caution the scissors. If you feel that your child should be accompanied when using these, then ask for the teacher to provide these inside the classroom. For instance, my daughter knows what scissors do. Only she can’t do it very well and with her disabilities, I’d rather that someone assist her and I would not put them in her bag.
Remember, many classes provide certain essentials in the class room. If this is the case, then by all means buy them for home use for homework and projects.
Don’t have too much fun getting ready for back-to-school. It can be overwhelming.