By GreatSchools Staff
What’s the smart way to shop for school supplies? Eliminate the guesswork by getting a list from your child’s teacher ahead of time or waiting until school starts to find out what’s actually required. The teacher may recommend specific brands, sizes, or quantities, but even if the list isn’t available, you can still take advantage of back-to-school sales (many states offer “tax-free days” during this season) by sticking to the basics recommended below. And remember, you can’t go wrong with tools that help kids get — and stay — organized.
No. 2 pencils
Pencil sharpener (hand-held with a top to collect shavings)
A large pink eraser
Ballpoint pens (Get a few red ink ones too, because some teachers have students do peer editing.)
Spiral-bound or composition notebooks
Loose-leaf notebook paper (Teachers can be picky about paper. Some middle schools ask that students use the college-ruled variety.)
A ruler with English and metric measurements
Several three-ring binders (Some teachers require that a binder be used exclusively for their class.)
A three-hole punch (a regular one or one that fits in a three-ring binder)
A pencil case that fits in a binder
Binder dividers (The kinds with pockets are good for loose papers.)
Folders that fit in binders
A small notebook to record assignments
A calendar for scheduling assignments
A sturdy, supportive backpack (Some schools do not permit rolling backpacks because of space considerations, so check with your school before considering this option.)
Two combination locks (If the school lockers do not have built-in locks, your child might need one for the hallway and one for the gym.)
Index cards, ruled and unruled (These are great for making flash cards.)
A calculator (Check with the math teacher first before investing in an expensive one. Graphing calculators, for example, are required in many high school math classes. Teachers advise parents not to buy a calculator with more functions than students will use.)
A protractor (Some middle school students will need one, sometimes as early as in sixth grade.)
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