Getting Ready for School (Supply List)

I decided to drop a list of things for readers to get for school. Please go to school prepared for at least the first week of school to spare the headache of your teachers. You have the rest of the school year to do that. I’m sure your mom doesn’t want a phone call the first week of school, anyway.
School Supplies
Stuff that Everyone Needs

  • Ballpoint pens
  • No. 2 pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • A pencil sharpener (hand-held with a top to collect shavings)
  • A large pink eraser (The old-fashioned ones do the best erasing.)
  • Highlighters
  • Spiral-bound or composition notebooks
  • A three-ring binder
  • Loose-leaf notebook paper
  • Pocket folders (If you get a folder with two pockets, label one “keep at home” and the other “bring to school” to help you organize your papers.)
  • Printer paper and ink cartridges (for your home computer)
  • A stapler
  • A sturdy, supportive backpack
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissues
  • A Planner/Organizer

Middle Schoolers

  • Two combination locks (If the school lockers do not have built-in locks, you might need one for the hallway and one for the gym.)
  • Binder dividers (The kinds with pockets are good for loose papers.)
  • Several three-ring binders (Some teachers require that a binder be used exclusively for their class.)
  • Folders that fit in binders
  • A small notebook, like a composition notebook, to record assignments
  • A pencil case that fits in binders
  • Red-ink pens (Some teachers have students do peer editing.)
  • Index cards, ruled and unruled (These are great for making flash cards.)
  • A calculator (Check with the math teacher first before investing in an expensive calculator. Graphing calculators, for example, are required in some middle school math classes.)

High Schoolers

  • Flash drive
  • 3-ring binder
  • Colored pens
  • Graph paper
  • Paper clips
  • Pens/pencils
  • Pocket dictionary
  • Poster paper
  • Public Library card
  • Ream of computer paper
  • Spiral notebook
  • Thesaurus
  • Calculator

College Students

  • Post-It™ Flags
  • Paper Clips
  • MLA Style Guide
  • Index Cards
  • Blue Book (small booklets used for essay exams. You should keep one on hand to be prepared at all times. You can buy blue books in your university book store.)
  • Big Wall Calendar
  • Post-It Cover-Up Tape
  • Bulletin Board and Pins
  • Laptop Computer
  • Printer/Scanner

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