Video:5 Essential Back-to-School Items to Buy Every Yearwith Susan Harding
Back to school can be very overwhelming when you are faced with a huge list of supplies. Watch this About.com video to see the five essential school supplies every child will need on the first day of school.See Transcript
Transcript:5 Essential Back-to-School Items to Buy Every Year
Hi, I’m Susan Harding, here today with About.com. Today I’m going to be sharing with you 5 essential school supplies, you should buy new each year. Before you run out and buy every colored highlighter and folder, make sure you have the basic supplies your kids will need from the first day of school and all year long.
Back-to-School Pencils and Papers
Number one, pencils. Obviously, it’s easier to erase mistakes than with pens. Most schools require number two pencils and may even recommend a specific brand. For early writers, buy the larger, chunky pencils….they’re easier for little hands to hold.
Second – make sure you not only have paper, but it’s the right kind for the age of your child. In the elementary grades, wide ruled paper is best because kids are still learning how to write legibly and it’s a little easier with the extra space. College ruled paper has more lines, so you’re able to fit more information on one sheet.
Back-to-School Erasers and Glue
Third, big chunky erasers. Don’t make your child depend on the little erasers on pencils that get broken off and worn down or bitten off. Having a couple of extra large erasers is essential for every elementary student.
And number four, stick glue. Art projects and grade school go together, and so you’ll need to make sure your kids have plenty of stick glue on hand. It’s not as messy as bottled glue and easier for kids to use. And some kinds go on a different shade of color, to make it easier to see when you first put it on the paper. And as long as they remember to put the cap back on…stick glue can last a long time.
And finally, an item that’s easy to forget but essential…tissues. We all know how quickly germs spread in the classroom and making sure kids use tissues instead of a sleeve is a good place to start.
These are just the basics and your kids will need many more supplies for a productive school year. If you’d like more information on preparing for back to school just stay right here on About.com.