If you have been to Target, Walmart, Staples, or pretty much any other retailer recently, you would see a trend. Back to school aisles and sections are popping up and have been since late June. This is especially alarming in New York State, where most children and teachers are in classrooms through June 22.
As someone who used to have a classroom of her own, I remember sitting with the ads making a list of what sales I wanted to get to for my room supplies. Now, I sit here as the parent of a soon to be fourth grader and kindergartener. As of today, I only have a school supply list for NHL who is going into the fourth grade in September.
Showing the list has become a tradition that I have done on my blog since he started school. So here is NHL’s list for the 2012-2013 academic year:
- 2 Black and White Composition Notebooks
- Red, Green, Yellow, Purple, and Blue Composition Notebooks
- Red, Green, Yellow, Purple, and Blue Poly Folders
- Take home folder
- 2” 3 ring binder
- Wide rule paper (will keep supplying throughout the year)
- Pencils (no specific number mentioned)
- 2 Highlighters
- Colored markers, 24 box of crayons/pencils
- Pencil Pouch
- Glue Sticks (no number again)
- 2 Boxes of Tissues
- 2 Rolls of Paper Towels
- 1 Box of Wipes
- 2 Dry Erase Markers
- 1 Clean/old sock
- 1 Bic four-color Pen
- $$ for classroom magazine and agenda book
- Like last year, the kids are starting to color code by subjects as they get closer to middle school. This is a smart move that will help them to become more aware and responsible. Everything looks relatively typical in the scheme of things. I am very intrigued to see how they utilize the binder since that is new to fourth grade.
My first step will be to raid my classroom boxes like the one above. I know we will not need to buy pencils, glue sticks, highlighters, or erasers. NHL’s scissors, ruler, and pencil pouch still look like they are brand new and will be recycled as well. Update since I started drafting this post: I went to Staples and Target and began shopping. There are some great deals out there and I wish I had the list for the kindergarten kiddo.
I will definitely be watching the sales flyers to get the composition notebooks, folders, and coloring supplies. As I have stated before, I am a Crayola snob. Sure the other brands are cheaper at the start, but they do not last nearly as well. I learned this one the hard way in my own classroom.
So what are on your school supply lists? Have you found any really great sales yet? Please share below. The teacher in me is always a geek when it comes to school supplies.
We actually went school supply shopping last night. I would prefer to wait for sales but when I have someone willing to watch the baby I have to do all my shopping in one night. What gets me is that I have to go to multiple stores to find everything I need. :-(
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We won’t get my son’s preschool list until August. I am dying to stop by the school and try to get it early!
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I can’t believe how many school supplies NHL needs. That covers almost all three of my kids. Though I must say I think this is my smallest list ever this year.
Composition notebooks are 40 cents at Target this week.
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We don’t have a supply list for Aidan this year. We give the teacher $10 and then they will purchase all the supplies. It’s nice that it’s one less thing for us to worry about, but I kind of like buying school supplies. :(
Love your blog, and — yes — we’re seeing tons of lists like yours. We’re trying to make this process easier for teachers and parents both with http://www.teacherlists.com. Hope you’ll check it out. The bonus right now — tons of free supplies for teachers and schools that load their lists into the national site.
You know, this year I didn’t feel like dealing with the lines at the store, so I just purchased packages from the PTA at the school. I might have paid more, but the convenience was totally worth it, in my opinion.
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Wow! That is quite a list! It’s crazy how many things the kids need today. I swear when I was in school all I needed was a Trapper Keeper (ACK! remember those?!?), some pencils, erasers, markers, glue and a pencil box.
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