Whether your child is in elementary school or college, some of the supplies needed will be the same. Retail stores have many back-to-school items on sale now. Many schools have already published their school supply lists. Here are 10 items your child will need at school that you will find on sale at most retailers. Stock up now while school supplies are on sale and you won’t need to pay more later in the school year.
Pencils and pens are needed at every grade level. Even in college, where most of the work is done on computers, there is still a need to write things down. If your child is in kindergarten, the teacher may require chubby pencils so check your school supply list.
Crayons, markers or colored pencils are used from kindergarten through college. Kids in kindergarten may need small boxes of over-sized crayons. College kids may need big boxes of skinny markers or colored pencils. There will always be things that need to be colored, no matter how old your child is.
Spiral notebooks are required at nearly every grade level. One notebook per subject is a good way to keep your child’s school life organized. Spirals are also great to use as journals or sketch books, even for younger kids.
Three-ring binders and notebook paper are used in many classes in addition to or instead of spirals. In addition to your child’s notes and homework, class hand-out sheets and returned tests can be put into the binder to study at home.
A ruler and scissors are needed at every grade level to measure things and cut things out. If your child is young, safety scissors may be on the school’s supply list. If your school doesn’t require safety scissors, buy scissors with points instead. Many rules have holes punched to fit into binders.
Glue or a glue stick will be needed to attach the items your child cuts out to paper and to assemble special projects. Your child will need more than one so pick up a few while they are on sale. Some schools prefer glue sticks, which are easier to use and less messy.
Your child will need a backpack, book bag or messenger bag to hold school supplies and books. Backpacks are on sale at Wal-Mart, Target and many other retailers. You can also find backpacks at discount stores, grocery stores and toy stores. Several online retailers sell backpacks that can be personalized with your child’s initials or name. Most kids enjoy having a new backpack each year. The old backpack can be used as an overnight bag for visits to Grandma’s house or a travel bag for car trips.
If your child will be bringing lunch from home, a lunch box is a must. Most lunch boxes include matching thermos containers. You may also want to purchase some extra inexpensive containers for taking leftovers. Some kids like their backpack to match their lunch box. For many kids, the backpack and lunch box are the most important school supplies and they always want to pick these two items out themselves.
A dictionary, set of encyclopedias and other reference books are a wonderful addition to your home. Even if your child also needs a dictionary to take to school, it’s a good idea to keep another at home. It’s often quicker to look up one thing in a dictionary or encyclopedia than to get online and do a web search.
Nearly all kids want to wear a new outfit on the first day of school. With most schools starting in August, the temperatures will still be warm. You can find many summer clothing items on markdown at this time of year. Some girls prefer to wear a dress for the first day, even if they usually wear shorts or jeans. Splurge a little for the first day.
There will undoubtedly be more items your child will need for school, but these 10 are sure winners on your back-to-school shopping trip.