Kid Heading to Kindergarten? Read This First Before Going Crazy with Back-to-School Shopping

August 10, 2011 by momfarah
shefinds | Kids

If there’s one thing I wish I had known before my son started Kindergarten, it would be to wait until I met his teacher before cleaning out the Back-to-School section in every store I stepped into.  See, like most people, I hit the stores early and stocked up on all the things I thought would be on that Kindergarten school supply list.  I bought pencils, crayons, a pencil box, you name it, and of course a cute little backpack for my son to tote all his new school supplies.

Well, the first day of school came, and the teacher explained to the parents that she didn’t want the kids to bring backpacks.  Excuse me?  Yep, instead she would supply each kid with a clear, reusable envelope because the backpacks just took up too much space in the classroom and the envelopes were just simpler to use.

And it wasn’t just the backpack.  Pencil cases were to stay at home, and she wanted the kids to use a specific kind of crayon, Crayola Twistables to be exact.  And the glue?  Well, she preferred glue sticks over the liquid stuff.

So my advice to you?  Wait until you get a school supply list from the teacher before going crazy like me.  However, it doesn’t hurt to buy a cute backpack and lunch box.  Here’s why:

Cute Backpack: Even if you kid doesn’t bring it to school, he can still use it to tote library books or his favorite toys.

Cute Lunch Box: Whether he brings his lunch or not, you can always stock it with a special after-school snack.

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