Back-to-School Supplies for Kindergarten Through 2nd Grade
Before you run out and buy every folder and highlighter from the office-supply aisle at Target, check out this list of back-to-school essentials so you can send your kid to class with what he needs (minus the kitchen sink).
Pencils: You'll want the chunky ones that are designed for early writers.
Colored pencils, markers and crayons: Most teachers will let you know exactly which coloring supplies they like their students to use. Consider getting together with a group of parents and buying them in bulk from a discount warehouse store.
Erasers: You can't go wrong with the big pink ones.
Glue: Stick to the sticks for the early years. Less mess is always good.
Pencil case or box: To hold all of the above.
Our list of lunch supplies
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Clothes: You remember how awesome it was to have great, brand-spanking-new back-to-school clothes, right? Don't forget to check your kid's inventory of socks and underwear.
Sneakers: For gym class.
Name tags: Label your kid's school supplies, backpack and clothes (or wave goodbye to all of his hats and mittens).