Supplies needed for school

The back-to-school period comes around one time each year. Right in the heart of summer, somebody may see a TV advertisement or department store discounts regarding the preparation of the upcoming school year. Whether it’s the parents who shop for school supplies for their children, or older students themselves make a back-to-school list, those shoppers want to make the very best out of their shopping in terms of both time and money saving.

Obviously, well-deserved students need basic supplies if they want to succeed in class.  Such materials include pencils, paper, folders, a book bag and notebooks. These supplies are found in an office-bound store, in some grocery stores, or in department stores.


Many schools permit students to use number 2 pencils, especially for standardized tests and on machine-operated answer sheets. These days, many students, especially those who are in high school and college, prefer using mechanical pencils. While it is true that these pencils do not require sharpening, they do, however, require additional lead when empty. Aside from the fact they are not made of wood, mechanical pencils can last and last until they just cannot operate anymore. For pencil storing, it is highly recommended that students retain a small pencil box just in case they lose a pencil or accidentally break the soft lead type. Pencils should be very affordable, depending on their types.


Pens work the same way pencils do in terms of writing words on a sheet of paper. Some teachers may not mind students using pens that look very fancy or have a bright, neon-colored ink; other teachers are opposed to using old-fashioned ball-point pens. Even though pencils are used more commonly than pens, it can’t hurt to buy a couple of pens. It is highly recommended that you purchase a pen that has black or blue ink because they are the two most popular colors in classrooms. Consider paying no attention to pens that look expensive and are attractive. A group of five pens that all come in a single package is certainly cheaper than a pen that has a sterling silver touch.

Notebook paper

Paper is another element for helping a student to pass a course. Loose notebook paper, those that are found in shrink wrapping, is essential for placing them in spiral notebooks and folders. Some teachers may ask a student to carry a real notebook, usually for journal entries or notes. While it is often teachers allow students to bring a specific size of notebook, such as a wide-ruled 8″ X 10.” College-ruled notebook paper has more narrow bands of writing space, and can be good for writing essays or long reports.


To help keep assignments well-organized, purchase some folders. Most folders have pockets while having small holes that can be used for binders. You can store the folders in a large binder, or just use them separately for each class.

Book bags

Book bags are convenient to carry the books you need between classes. Some backpacks have two straps that are designed to carry them on backs; some have only one strap, which is mainly used to carry using shoulders. Whether your choice is, get the backpack that you need. To avoid the risk of back or shoulder injury, avoid overloading the book bag, especially with heavy books.

School boxes

For elementary school children, school boxes are convenient for storing things like pencils, crayons, glue and scissors. They should be small enough to fit into their desks at school, but sturdy enough to support the supplies. Allow your children choose the appropriate amount of crayons, glue and scissors that will help them create in-class crafts.

Keep in mind that the most important thing about back-to-school shopping is the need, not the want. Even if children want folders that have their favorite cartoon characters on them, realize that they should use that folder to store assignments, not to show off their classmates. Some children do dread going shopping for school supplies, but they can still take charge of the trip if you let them pick their own supplies without a sense of greed.