“Back to school!” Three little words that bring abundant joy to parents everywhere. Time to share the spirit with your students and give them something to get excited about!
As summer begins to wind down, turn your thoughts to back to school preparation and avoid the last minute rush.
Whenever possible, connect with teachers in advance to obtain supply lists. If not an option, cohesive grade specific lists can be obtained by conducting a simple internet search.
Included in the following are several categories for consideration to help get you started.
First and foremost, pick a backpack! What good are supplies if your student has nothing to put them in? Choose something durable that will last the year, but that will mean something to your student on a personal level. A new bag with their favorite color or cartoon character will brighten their eyes and make them excited to show off their style on the first day of school. Remember darker colors stay cleaner longer.
Don’t forget about lunch! Personalized lunchbags are another conversation starter for kids in the classroom, so make sure your student shows up with something special! Coordinate the theme with the backpack if you like, or opt for a different direction… just be sure to include a matching thermos! Again, consider durability when comparing lunchbags, as you’ll want to be sure your selection lasts.
As far as supplies are concerned, begin with the basics. Invest in some writing materials: pencils, pens, sturdy erasers and a simple pack of colored pencils or markers should suffice. Next, browse the organizational supplies. Decide on how many folders/binders your student will used based on their grade level and perceived workload, and pick up a notebook or loose binder paper for note-taking and recording homework assignments. If your student it using a binder, a 3-ring pencil case to attach in front will be handy for keeping pens and pencils at the ready.
Once the basics are covered, turn your attention to the extras. Older students may benefit from additions such as calculators, rulers, protractors or compasses. Highlighters are helpful if textbook reading will be assigned, and post-its are important for marking pages and taking notes. If the list of extras seems extensive, invest in a supply box to keep everything organized.
Most importantly, involve your student in the process. Make them part of the fun and encourage their excitement to embrace another year of classroom adventures!
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