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As summer winds down and back-to-school season sales kick in, it’s key to get your kids prepared for their first day at school. But when you’re a busy mom, it’s tough to know every item your child needs. The great news is that there are some common items that kids need when they head back to school no matter what age they are. Here are some back-to-school essentials you should keep on hand.
Your child is going to need to carry around her books, folders and homework. That’s why it’s essential to have a backpack on hand. Choose one that fits with broad straps, and ensure it’s not more than 15 percent of your child’s weight when filled to prevent injury or back pain.
2. Hand Sanitizer or Wipes
Your kids will be heading to school, handling books from the library, pushing doors open and having fun during recess in the playground or playing basketball or some other sport during gym class. All of these places can be breeding grounds for germs that your kids can easily pick up and bring back home. So, it’s essential to have hand sanitizer and wipes on hand to keep these germs at bay.
3. Writing and Art Supplies
Whether your child is taking an AP English class or his first elementary school art class, he will need pens, pencils and other writing or drawing tools. You don’t have to guess which types of supplies you need, either. Sometimes schools work with local retailers and discount stores, such as Target or Wal-Mart, to provide a list of back-to-school supplies to get, including art and writing supplies.
4. Math Tools
Math is a core subject that every child will face as soon as they master kindergarten, so it’s essential that you have the basic supplies to make math easier, including calculators, rulers and protractor sets. Consider getting advanced calculators for older children, such as a graphing calculator for your high school students. Rulers are essential for children who are in middle school or junior high while blocks and paper money can be helpful for elementary school children. Always consider your child’s grade level when selecting math supplies.
5. Printing Paper and Ink
While today’s classrooms are becoming more digital, it doesn’t mean teachers don’t want a physical copy of your child’s book report in their hands. Consider stocking up on printing ink and paper so your child can print out her documents from home.
The back-to-school season doesn’t have to be a hassle. By preparing in advance, you can ensure your child has everything she needs for the first day of school.
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