The weekend after school starts is a good time to shop for back-to-school supplies. You will have a sense of what the teachers really want.
Often, the school supply list for each grade does not exactly match what each teacher really wants. Some teachers want a three ring binder, and others would prefer not to have it. This is just one example of what you might discover during the first week of school.
It’s good for your child to show up on the first day with a pencil and paper. Crayons are nice, but the teacher often has a stash of extras.
At Meet the Teacher Night and Open House, some teachers set out little cards with items they request for the classroom. You can add this to your back-to-school shopping list.
Don’t feel like you have to buy the expensive version of everything. Whatever you buy will look thrashed in a month, anyway. Don’t let your child talk you into the expensive protractor, the fancy notebook, etc. The cheap version is very common in the classroom, and your child will not be looked down upon for having it.
If your child whines, threaten to walk out of the store. You can come back later and choose the items yourself. A savvy child will compromise rather than risk spending a school year with items a parent chose.
When you buy pencils, I recommend the Ticonderoga brand. These pencils hold up really well. However, if you see super cheap pencils of any brand, buy them!
While you’re at the sales, pick up a little extra for the classroom supply. Teachers always appreciate a gift of extra pencils and notebook paper.