With back to school shopping, students can never be sure exactly what they need. The lists are never accurate and teachers always want students to have extra supplies specifically for that class. So what can a student do to prevent themselves from buying too much or too little?
First, students need to breathe. Back to school time can be stressful and shopping for supplies should not add to that stress.
Second, buy the basics: pencils (one can never have too many pencils so buy a lot), pens, scissors, glue, an expo marker, a pencil pouch, a folder and a notebook. If the student’s backpack is getting old, then go ahead and buy a new one of those.
Third, students should attend school the first two days and ask each of their teachers what the teacher requires or recommends for their class and keep a list in their notebook. Once a student has attended all their classes and have compiled their list then they can complete their shopping.
Remember this stuff is supposed to last students all year so make sure the stuff is good quality before one decides to buy it. If one decides to buy binders, get dividers for all of them even if the teacher doesn’t require it, so it’s easier to keep organized. It may also be nice to have a three punch hole puncher at home for those teachers that require a binder but never hole punch things. It’s also handy to have an extra folder for homework and paper that need to go home to parents. Good luck and remember to stay organized.