Autumn is coming and it’s time to shop for school supplies! If you don’t want to wait until school starts, ask a teacher about the list to find out what is required. If it isn’t available, we prepared a list of must-haves that your child will definitely need.

The teacher can sometimes recommend brands or quantities, but you can start early and take advantage of back-to-school sales. And remember: you will never go wrong with school supplies that help your child get organized. Read on to get everything you need!

The Basics

There are many adorable schools supplies but most of them are also expensive. If your child doesn’t ask for anything specific, don’t waste money on feather pencils, pretty erasers and light-up pencil sharpeners. And if you need a new organizer, those expensive ones are often too bulky and have too many zippers. Cheaper models are more convenient. Here is what you will definitely need:

  • Ballpoint pens;
  • Scissors (pointed for older kids, blunt ended for younger ones);
  • Glue sticks (on average, you need three every year);
  • 2 pencils (get the classic ones to avoid competition among kids);
  • A pencil sharpener;
  • Colored pencils;
  • A large eraser;
  • White glue;
  • Water-based markers;
  • Composition notebooks;
  • Highlighters (unnecessary for first graders);
  • A three-ring binder;
  • Pocket folders;
  • Loose-leaf notebook paper (the school can supply special paper to teach younger kids letter formation);
  • A ruler with metric and English measurements;
  • Printer paper;
  • Ink cartridges;
  • Scotch tape;
  • A stapler;
  • Supportive backpack (check your school requirements because some don’t allow rolling backpacks).

Must-Have School Supplies

Extras for Younger Children

  • Watercolor paints;
  • A box of crayons (16-pack is enough);
  • Construction paper;
  • Drawing paper;
  • A box for storing items (most schools require an 8-inches x 5-inches box to hold erasers, pencils and scissors);

Extras for Older Children

  • A calendar to keep track of all assignments and projects;
  • Two combination locks (not all schools have built-in locks, so your child might need a lock for the gym and for the hallway);
  • Binder dividers (choose those with pockets for papers);
  • Folders that fit in binders;
  • Three-ring binders (some schools require separate binders for different classes);
  • A pencil case that fits in a binder;
  • A notebook to keep track of assignments;
  • Red-in pens (in some schools, students do peer editing);
  • Index cards (both ruled and unruled that are perfect for flash cards);
  • A calculator (expensive calculators are often unnecessary. Check the school requirements whether you need a graphic calculator for the math classes. Don’t buy a calculator that has more functions than a child needs.)

Must-Have School Supplies

I hope this short list will help you prepare for the upcoming school year! Do you have helpful tips that help parents keep everything in check? Share them in the comments section!