Office supplies stores have everything a student needs and a lot more. Before heading out the door for this year’s back-to-school shopping trip, take five minutes to create a shopping list. Taking a list will keep the trip short and the bill low.
Creating a List
Fold a piece of paper in half and label one side, “Supplies for School” and the other side, “Supplies for Home.” Add the items below to the “Supplies for School” side of the paper
- 1 Box of Pencils (24 pencils)
- 1 Box of Pens (12- 24 pens)
- Highlighters (4-6)
- 3 Wireless notebooks with perforated paper (80-100 pages with three holes pre-punched in the paper. These notebooks are different than the spiral bound notebooks. Wireless notebooks have paper you can rip out along a clean edge.
- Backpack –Look for a backpack with 2-3 pockets. Keeping your books and binders separate from your supplies makes it easier to find what you need when you need it.
During the first week of school most teachers hand out a class syllabus that lists any additional supplies students will need. Buy a binder and any remaining supplies after the first week of school. Many teachers require a separate binder for their class. Look for the “heavy-duty” version or a zippered organizer for classes with a lot of written assignments. Binders take a fair amount of abuse during the year. Cheaper binders fall apart, usually at the most inconvenient times. Nothing is worse than having your papers fly all over the floor in front of a group of friends.
Tomorrow the list continues with supplies for setting up and maintaining the study center at home.
Here's a great back to school checklist for middle school parents