School is back in session here, and I finally rounded up all the school supplies we’ll need for the year. Trust me, I’m sure that I’ll be on the hunt for something new and exciting in a few months, but I have most everything together for now. Without further ado, here are our Back to School Picks for school supplies!
Our Must-Have School Supplies
There are a few things we can’t do without. This year, we are heavily relying on these:
- Spiral notebooks – We have one of these for each of my students, as well as an extra one for my 2nd grader. We use these instead of loose leaf paper to help reduce the amount of lost pages. With as inexpensive as they are, especially at the beginning of the school year, we grab a lot!
- A big binder – This is for my 2nd grader. He has 2 spirals to keep track of, as well as printed assignments that I have 3 hole punched, so he needs lots of space for his paperwork.
- Folder with tabs – This year, I’m using at least one of these. My daughter has her piano lesson papers in there, and she also tucks in her history flash cards. It’s just an easy way to keep it all together.
- Copy Paper – We use this for everything! We need blank, white paper for actually printing things out, but we also use a ton for impromptu art projects. I got a ton for free or cheap LAST summer, so I actually didn’t have to buy any for this year! I have over a dozen packages stashed away for this year.
- Crayola Crayons – We love this 64-pack because it has SO many color options. We only use Crayola crayons because the quality is so much better than the off brand, more waxy types. They also break less frequently and their pigment is dependable. No weird color streaks!
- Crayola Watercolors – Okay, so we mainly just have these so that my kids can do a few art assignments throughout the year. I don’t love paint, but I do appreciate the washable watercolors. That said, I know they’ll con me into letting them paint for fun MANY times this year, so they’re great to have!
- Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers – We have these in the the fine tip and the broad tip. If any of you have followed me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you realize how important the washable aspect is on these. I have a toddler than loves to destroy my entire house with markers, pens, and pencils. Not only that, but he likes having a go at making himself a piece of art. These markers really do wash out better than others, and they are our favorite markers for school projects.
- Index Cards – I love to use these for making flashcards, practicing sight words, or even just writing little notes to the kids. I try and stick to either store brands or on brands for these – and not weird, no name brands, because I got a package one time that was hardly thicker than a piece of regular paper.
- Pencils – Our favorites are Dixon Ticonderoga pencils. They have some great options for teaching penmanship, which we’ve gotten in the past, called Tri-Write, which help encourage proper grip and they’re also thicker than regular pencils. They also have the oversized Beginners pencils that we love. This year, we’re probably going to stick to their regular varieties for my older kids. I don’t know yet if I’ll be working on penmanship with my pre-k kiddo.
- Crayola Visi-Max Dry Erase Markers – I like these with the chisel tip (broad) as a personal preference, but they also come in a fine version (they call it bullet tip). These are low-odor and don’t squeak. My son asked if that meant that if it DID squeak, if it would be considered broken. Clever kid, he is. 😉 They also mark away easily without leaving behind marks or ghost lines. We also use the Dry-Erase Crayons in the past, which are super cool.
- White Board – This year, I’m using a lined one for handwriting and reading lessons. I also have a bigger blank one that is magnetic for our spelling lessons. My kids also like to just play on these to keep busy, so we have quite a bit of fun on them as well!
- Crayola Colored Pencils – We’ve tried other brands, but Crayola is our favorite right now. They’re affordable and have good quality. They don’t break like crazy when we have to sharpen them, and the colors are nice and smooth. We use this for mapping activities, diagrams, and other more intricate coloring jobs.
As you can see, we use a pretty stream-lined list of supplies. We really don’t have a need for many other things this year. After looking through our curriculum choices, we just don’t need all of the 10 oversized shoeboxes full of supplies I have stashed away in my closet, not to mention the dozens of extra folders, spiral notebooks, packages of loose leaf paper, construction paper, hanging file folders, and binders. I told me kids to remind me of our school supply excess next time we’re out and I want to buy more!
Okay, we don’t need the extras, but I have a feeling I might be pulling quite a bit of it out this year to keep things exciting around here. I am a school supply junkie.
Back to School Giveaway!
Thanks to Crayola for providing me with the items pictured above. They go nicely with the school supply stockpile we have. Not only that, but I love to have extras to donate to my son’s speech teachers throughout the year when I know they’re running low on supplies.
Now on to the great giveaway!
One of my readers will win a $25 Visa gift certificate to purchase your own Crayola products either through Crayola.com or anywhere that Crayola is sold!
To win, comment below with an answer to one of these questions:
Think about your favorite Crayola products. What do you love best, and what is a must-have? Who loves Crayola products more – you or your kids? (Be honest! I know I love them more than my kids do. I color mandala coloring pages with my ultra secret stash of Crayola crayons when they’ve gone to bed. Really.)
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