Preparing A Desk Space With The Right Supplies

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Keep your child’s workstation well supplied with these must-have back-to-school tools

Where did the summer go? With the start of the new school year, the toys and games of the summer break need to be replaced with school essentials.

A well-supplied desk makes your child's homework easier to complete without any excuses of missing items. Schools often provide parents with a teachers' list of supplies required for the new school year. Sizes, quantities and other details may be specifically requested. Depending on the age of your child and the grade they are attending, items could be different between elementary and high school children.

Besides paper products, pencils and notebooks, obtaining the necessary supplies will make the workspace complete—just like yours. Your kid's desk will need a good reading lamp with adequate illumination and an ergonomically sound desk chair. The efficiency of your child's desk spot is important in order to keep on track with homework.

With uniforms or a new wardrobe that need to be purchased, it starts to add up. It would be wise to take advantage of the back-to-school sales to make shopping easier. While shopping, it will be necessary to get a combination lock and lunch bags for school. With all these supplies taken care of in advance, your student can focus on studies and learning!

The follow shopping list for school supplies is a guide to all the items that may be needed. Check to see if last year's goods still work fine to avoid duplicates. Bring this list with you to the store so you won't forget anything.


Today's schoolbags are smart sturdy backpacks to carry books and assignments, supplies, and more to and from school and home. Things to look for: thick padded shoulder straps to protect shoulders, a weight no more than 10 percent of their body weight, and in a color and style your child likes.

Paper products

  • Notebooks with subject dividers
  • 3-ring binder with lined or graph paper
  • Drawing paper
  • Calendar for assignments
  • Printer paper

Writing instruments

  • Pens, pencils and erasers
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Pencil case
  • Markers and highlighters
  • Crayons and paints

Computer and electronics

  • Ink cartridges
  • Flash drive
  • Calculator

Miscellaneous items

  • Stapler
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue and tape
  • Flash cards

Wall space

  • Bulletin board and white board for writing reminders
  • Décor: a desk should also have some fun items that reflect your child's personality and interests, like a poster of a favorite pop star, athlete or character in a book

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