School Supply Shopping

If you watch the newspaper fliers, there are a ton of good deals on schools supplies in our local big boxes–but be careful. Be sure to avoid cheapo brands and generics. Instead, stick with quality labels such as Ticonderoga. The quality of your child’s tools makes a tremendous difference in class. It also keeps you from having to buy new supplies again in January.

You can also utilize used supplies. There’s nothing wrong with last year’s scissors, ruler, pencils, and many other items (assuming they weren’t the cheapo brands). Be sure, however, to get the official TI calculator (TI-30XIIS), as students will need it through 8th grade. We have many lessons designed around this specific calculator and it is the only calculator allowed on the state math test.

If you need the official CPE school supply list: click here. If you’d like the Room 15 version identifying all the stuff you don’t need and preferences for the rest, click here. (Both lists are last year’s, but they’ll do.) I highly recommend you give ownership of school supply shopping over to your child. Establish a reasonable budget and let them purchase their own supplies (though have them view the tips shown here).

Some spots to cut back: if you’re buying Ticonderoga pencils, you can probably get by with just a dozen. If any other brand, we need two dozen. I believe the school’s official list asks for three dozen–which is unnecessary in my class.

Don’t overspend on the three ring binder. It needn’t be a zipper binder or have anything special about it.

Especially important items include the 70-pg theme books (usually available for around 10 cents this time of year), Ticonderogas, tissue, scissors, quality glue sticks (Ross, Elmer’s), a wooden or hard-plastic ruler showing inches and centimeters, and colored pencils.

Helpful extra items  include a protractor, a personal manual pencil sharpener, and deodorant.

If you have any questions about supplies, don’t hesitate to e-mail me at

3 thoughts on “School Supply Shopping

  1. Thanks. I hope that means you’re going to come visit me next week (and frequently all year long since you don’t have to be at school until 9, lazy bum)!

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