There are no doubt mixed feelings about the approaching school year; some parents can’t wait until it comes, others are a bit gloomy. The kids most likely feel as if they have been cheated out of their summer as it has went by quickly.
School will be back in session soon and parents could do their nervous children a favor by sending them back to school prepared. Elementary school teachers will give the students hand outs on what they need to have for the class but it would be helpful to get an early start on school supply shopping. Below I have included some of the basic things needed for school.
2 packs of number 2 Pencils
Pens- Elementary students seem to use pencils more than pens but you can purchase some blue/ black/red ink pens just in case.
Eraser- as elementary students learn new subjects they are bound make a few mistakes especially in math, so it is important to stock up on the erasers. Purchase the medium sized individual erasers, Avoid purchasing the ones that you place on top of pencils, because these are hard to secure on and get lost easily.
Wire bound Note Book- you should purchase one note book for each class, 5 one subject notebooks are usually a good amount of notebooks to purchase. Be sure to purchase the note books with the wire in them as the wireless notebooks’ pages tend to rip out easily. If you think purchasing 5 notebooks is a bit excessive then purchase at least 2.
(Sharpie)Permanent Marker- You will need this marker so that your children can write their names and subjects clearly on their notebooks and folders.
Pocket folder- There are 2 different types of pocket folders there are the thin paper ones and the laminated ones. The laminated/plastic covered ones usually come with various images on them from cartoon characters, to movie stars, to cute little doggies and flowers. They also come with no image and just a colored background. These types of folders tend to rip less than the paper ones. The paper folders usually have prongs inside them which will enable children to three hole punch their work and connect it the prongs. It makes work easier to view like in book format. The laminated folders just have two pockets, one on each side which children just place their work in.
3 ring Binder (optional) – These binders are thick, and made of plastic. They are shaped like books and have the convenience of 2 pocket folders (one on each side.) The three metal rings allow students to place loose leaf white paper and three whole punched work inside. Three ringed binders are an excellent way to hold a lot of work and keep it organized. You might want to wait to purchase this binder because teachers will most likely want to collect note books, and if all of the child’s work is inside of that one binder it will hold them up from participating in their other classed. It will also hold the other teacher’s up from accessing their work.
Leaf Loose paper- You should purchase if you get the binder
Paper Dividers – purchase if you buy the three ring binder, paper dividers are placed in the binder to section off the different subjects.
Ruler- This is a must for science and social studies class! 12 inch wooden ruler.
Calculator- This could be helpful in math class, although you might have to check with the teacher first to see if the use of calculators are allowed.
Glue- Elmers is a popular brand. Glue sticks create minimal mess.
Scissors- purchase the kid scissors, the edges are duller.
Pencil Box (supply box)
Backpack- Your kid will need something to carry all of these supplies in. Let him/ her pick out the back pack that she feels comfortable with.
Brown Paper bags- You might have these around the house and if the school does not supply the children with book covers a medium-large sized simple brown paper bag can be used.
Be sure to let your children go shopping with you since they know what is in style.
If you want to hold off on purchasing the school supplies until you get the actual list from the teacher, just purchase one notebook, a folder and a few pencils/pen for your child to bring for the first day of class.