Back to School Must Haves

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Back to School Must Haves

Anyone else already thinking about back to school? 🙋‍♀️ Getting prepared definitely helps calm my nerves so I’ve already started prepping individual student supplies and materials that can transition from the classroom to home! These back to school must haves are perfect for every year!

These resources will work all year in the classroom and at home!  I want my students and their families to have some tools to help them! They are perfect for classwork and homework! Plus, if you ever need to have virtual learning days, you don’t need to prep anything new!

 !f you’re shopping for school supplies, I added some affiliate links to make it easier for you to find what you need.

Take Home Learning Folders

Take Home Learning Folders are my new favorite thing! The folder inserts let kids access important information and tools at school and home. 

There’s a few options for using them. I’m planning on getting 3 prong poly folders and page protectors, but you could also just laminate the insert and keep it inside a folder.  If you want something for the classroom, you could paste the inserts on a file folder and laminate it for a privacy screen!

Having student passwords and log in information readily available is going to be so important! I also wanted my kids to be able to reference our learning charts and tools. Lots of options are included for language arts and math, because I know that different kids and different classes need specific tools!

Personal Word Walls

As I was assembling folders, I realized –“HEY! Your kids really need a word wall at home too.” Making the personal word walls editable was important so we can add words or customize the lists. I’m adding another page protector to our folder so we can keep everything in one place!

Individual Math Toolboxes

I have always used community supplies for math. A lot of my planning time has been wasted counting out 24 sets of 20 pennies, and a lot of my instructional time has been used giving out 48 dice before a game. I don’t know why I never used individual math toolboxes before, but I’m ready to try it now!

I wanted the toolboxes labels to serve as a student reference.  Now there are charts on the outside and tools on the inside. Plastic 4×6 photo storage boxes are the perfect size for our materials!

These are the supplies we are putting inside as needed:

  • dice
  • counters
  • connecting cubes
  • mini erasers
  • coins
  • number cards for games
  • paperclips / toothpicks (nonstandard measurement)

Pencil Box Name Tags

We have been using pencil box name tags for years in our flexible seating classroom and we LOVE them! Kids can keep their supplies organized, and they have learning tools that can travel around the room! You can click here to learn more about that. 

It looks we won’t be able to share any supplies for back to school 2020, so I am planning on adding student numbers to everything with a black permanent marker. This helps keep things from getting mixed up if they fall on the floor. 

Here’s what we are keeping inside:

  • sharpened pencils
  • eraser
  • dry erase marker
  • piece of black felt (dry erase eraser)
  • 24 pack of crayons
  • glue stick *write student number on tube and on the cap 🙌
  • scissors

Several designs for pencil box name tags are available because different teachers need different things. The tags fit perfectly on the plastic pencil boxes you can get for $1 at Target, Walmart, Michaels, drug stores. etc. I didn’t link to any pencil boxes, because I can’t find them online for a consistent reasonable price. You don’t need to pay more than $1 for them- trust me!

The name tags also fit into the clear window of pencil pouches if you like that option!

Individual Student Supplies

Creating sets of individual student supplies will take me some time before school starts, but it’s important. As a teacher, you understand the value of planning and preparation!

Here are the top reasons why individual supplies will be a must in my classroom:

  1. No lost planning or instructional time prepping and passing out materials
  2. Students can use learning tools at school and at home
  3. Families have access of log in information at all times
  4. Students can take home materials they need for learning

That last one is really important. Some of my students don’t have access to school supplies, like scissors, crayons, etc at home. If we transition to distance learning, I want to know they are prepared with resources! ❤️

You can create your own individual student supply materials or CLICK HERE to get everything ready for you now

You’re obviously the kind of teacher who wants the very best for the children in your class. Getting ready with all your back to school must haves now will make the start of the school year that much sweeter! If you have other back to school supplies you love, share your ideas with other teachers in the comments below!

Emily Yerty

Emily Yerty

I’m a first grade teacher who believes in creating a classroom kids love and activities that keep them engaged all day!

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