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The School Supplies Nearly Every Tween Needs


The right school supplies are necessary to school success.

The right school supplies can make all the difference to your tween.

It doesn't matter if your tween is still in elementary school or beginning middle school, she'll need the right school supplies for a successful school year. Be sure you stock your home with the necessary supplies, as well as your child's backpack. And keep your eyes open throughout the year for deals. Stocking up when prices are good is a smart way to go.

Below is a list of school supplies your tween will likely need. Contact your child's school a few weeks before class begins to see if a detailed supply list is available. And be sure to let your tween help you shop for supplies, and pick out important items such as a backpack, a lunch box or lunch sac, and other necessary items.

For Class

  • #2 Pencils
  • Colored Pencils
  • Highlighters (at least five to start)
  • Small pencil sharpener
  • Rubber erasers
  • Protractor
  • Calculator -- check with school math department
  • Page protectors
  • Backpack or messenger bag
  • Lunch box or lunch sac
  • 3-ring binder
  • Pencil case
  • Change purse
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Small bottle of white school glue
  • Agenda to keep track of assignments, tests
  • File folders with pockets (one for each subject and an extra for handouts relating to school news, clubs, and extra-curricular activities)
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Graphing paper
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Composition books
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Index cards
  • For the Locker

  • Magnets
  • Combination lock
  • Shelf
  • Decorations
  • For Gym Class

  • Gym uniform (check with P.E. department)
  • Athletic shoes and socks
  • For Home

  • Reliable alarm clock
  • Watch
  • Plenty of healthy snacks and breakfast foods
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