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
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?

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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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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  4. 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!

  5. Ah, the annual school supply shopping trip! Such a fun time of the year (haha), but Target always makes it better! Tar'get… right?
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  6. 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.

  7. 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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