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.