Shopping for school supplies can be simpler than shopping for back-to-school clothes, since most teachers send home lists of classroom necessities. But when your child sits down to do her homework, she'll need these essentials on hand.
Basic Supplies: The items on this list will take care of most math assignments, book reports, and other written work.
- A box of No. 2 pencils
- Pencil sharpener
- 2 or 3 ballpoint pens with black or blue ink
- 3–4 large erasers
- White paper
- Lined paper
- Safety scissors
- Transparent tape
- Paper clips
- Calculator (with trig functions for middle-schoolers)
- 3 1/2 x 5-inch index cards (for oral presentations and homemade flash cards)
Arts & Crafts Supplies: You might think your 12 year old has outgrown crayons and markers, but older children still do science projects, skits, group research projects, and book reports that require visual presentations. Don't get caught with an empty supply shelf the night before a project's due!
- Washable markers
- Colored pencils
- Glue sticks
- Construction paper
- 2 or 3 large pieces of poster board
- Rubber bands
- A collection of old magazines and newspapers for collages
Looking for an easy way to boost your child’s learning at home? Try to set up a learning environment that works for your child. That’s not the same for each child and impacts the effectiveness of how one learns. Once the place is set, keep basic school supplies close at hand.
You don’t need to spend a fortune on them either: Look for sales at discount shops or dollar-store deals. If you can’t provide your child with the necessary supplies, check with the teacher or school guidance counselor about financial assistance.
To make sure your child doesn’t waste time looking for needed items around the house, keep supplies in one easy-to-reach place. Old shoe boxes or photo boxes (available at many discount stores) are perfect for holding smaller items like pencils, pens, erasers, and glue sticks.
What your child needs for a well-stocked study space:
Erasers (The large, pink kind are the sturdiest.)
Pencil sharper (If you get hand-held, go with one that has a top to collect shavings)
Ruled writing paper (Keep the same kind that is preferred by the teacher.)
Scissors (appropriate for the child’s age)
Other helpful supplies
These items, while not always necessary, are helpful to have on hand:
Four-ounce bottle of white glue
Access to a printer
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