Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Back-to-School Shopping - Must Have School Supplies for the Elementary Years

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We went shopping for school supplies last week.  Yes, I realize that it is still July, but I also realized that it is the end of July, and considering that I plan to start our new school year on August 1st, I knew that I needed to get my act together.  School supplies it is!


My kids love school supplies as much as I do, so it was a fun little trip to Target

There are a few items that I buy year after year, my go-to school supplies if you will.  I am going to share them today.  I would love for you to share in the comments which are your favorite school supplies to use as well.

Must Have School Supplies

Ticonderoga Pencils – These are, by far, the best pencils we have ever used.  They do not break easily, they are comfortable to write with, and they sharpen easily.  One of my biggest pet peeves is when you go to sharpen a pencil and the lead continues to fall out.  What is the point?!

Spiral Notebooks – I can never get enough spiral notebooks.  No matter how much I love my fancy Erin Condren notebooks, the cheap, spiral notebooks, are used so much in my home.  I use them for lists, and brain dumps, and my kids use them for writing stories, using as spelling notebooks, extra math practice, pretty much anything that you would ever need paper for, we use these notebooks for.


Crayola Crayons – I love new crayons.  Opening a brand new box of crayons for coloring brings me back to my childhood.  My kids love coloring, and use crayons daily.  Crayola is my favorite crayon brand, and I always take advantage of the sales right before school starts.  I purchase several boxes so that I can keep them on hand.

Blank books – My kids love to write stories.  They love to illustrate these stories, and so blank books are a favorite in our home.  It allows for creativity as well as helps them learn to put together a cohesive story.  I like to work with themes throughout our homeschool year, and these blank books allow the opportunity to concentrate on those themes in a story form.

These are my top four back to school supplies for the kids – that we use most often.  Of course we also need construction paper and drawing notebooks, markers, glue, all the stuff that makes school supply shopping fun.


What are your most used school supplies?

24 comments:

  1. Binders, erasers, dry erase markers, water color markers, permanent markers,
    colored and manilla file folders, colored paper pocket portfolios.

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    1. Oh, I don't think I have heard of water color markers before! And I need to get some pocket portfolios, thanks for the reminder!

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  2. I second the Ticonderoga Pencils - Riley SWEARS by them and only requests these! The best! I have to catch up on your videos!

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  3. I am alway amazed at the amount of supplies kids need these days. Back when i was a kids you just needed paper and pencils.

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  4. I'm older. . .but still love the back-to-school aisles at the stores. The smell of new Crayolas and I feel the same way about Ticonderoga Pencils!

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  5. I love doing school supplies shopping! I still love it! Picking out new crayons and backpacks, that was always such a blast! Great post xx

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  6. We are still waiting for supply lists from the schools. Plus, the sales, I need the sales to begin with all three of my children needig supplies.

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  7. Oh gosh, I'm not even in school and I have so many spiral notebooks. It's ridiculous! I use them for everything though! Journaling, lists, idea books, pregnancy journals, etc. haha

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  8. Yes! I actually just went school supply shopping at Target too. I love new boxes of crayons and markers. Crayola is definitely the way to go.

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  9. Ah, the annual school supply shopping trip! Such a fun time of the year (haha), but Target always makes it better! Tar'get... right?
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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  10. My kids go through a lot of crayons. They love to color! You can also never have enough paper.

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  11. I love back to school shopping! I buy notebooks for myself and even pens! So much fun.

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  12. SO glad to see you put Ticondaroga pencils on your list. I am a fan of their Black Warrior pencils. Real Crayola crayons, too. Nothing is like them!

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  13. I always do a massive stock up at this time so that I don't have to pay crazy prices later. Crayola is the best crayons for sure.

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  14. I get excited every time we go shopping for school supplies, it's like a trip to the toy store for me. Lol. I make sure I always get ready for the school year earlier than usual, so that I don't forget anything that the kids will need for the year ahead. Awesome list of supplies that you have here!

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  15. This post takes me back! I used to love shopping for stationary for my new year ahead, I used to love buying pretty notebooks!

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  16. My daughter and I love back to school shopping. She's a senior this year and we've already started. At Target of course.

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  17. Such great tips! Though I kind of feel like a slacker because I was thinking of putting off our school year until September.

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  18. I love Back to School season! Mostly for me personally. I love stationery, and I love collecting pretty notebooks. On the up side, when my son is old enough, there might be a stash of it waiting for him to bring to school.

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  19. I use spiral notebooks like almost for everything that need to note, from shopping list to scratch fo a plan. Blank book is a good idea! Children like to illustrate a story according to their own imagination.

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  20. My son is just starting kindergarten, so we got crayons, glue, pencils, and notecards. I am a big fan of spiral notebooks, and use them for my coaching notes. I love this time of year when you can get all of the supplies!

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  21. There is nothing like opening a brand new box of crayons. Even as an adult it still makes me smile!

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  22. These are my top essentials, too! It's almost for me to believe that it's back-to-school season. My son will be starting school in less than two weeks.

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  23. I totally love Crayola crayons! a big box of 64 brand new crayons smells so good and sends me right back to my childhood.

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