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Connie McCarthy is passionate about her work as a teacher of young children. She has devoted her entire career to making sure that her students do well at school, right from the start. Connie has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching first grade in East Providence, R.I. for 23 years, where she received the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher” by the Rhode Island State Board of Regents. Connie also taught nursery school for four years, and published numerous articles on early education in East Bay Newspapers in Bristol, R.I. She’s also been published in PTO Today Magazine. She lives with her husband, Brian, and has a daughter and a son, both young adults. Connie enjoys reading, writing about elementary education, and taking long walks with friends. During summer vacations, she likes to travel with her husband. She also loves reading readers’ comments on her weekly blog posts.

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Kids"Please Mom; please can I have that giant box of crayons and the smelly markers?" This plea, recently overheard at a local store, got me thinking about the items that a new Kindergarten or First Grade student really needs...and it’s not the huge box of crayons and smelly markers!

Many teachers send home a list of school supplies before the first day of school. If you have not received such a list, my best advice to parents is to keep school supplies simple.

I suggest this basic list because fewer items make it easier for your child to be organized, and simple supplies cause less distractions when being used.

All a Kindergarten or First Grade student needs is:

  • Three sharpened pencils with erasers
  • A small container of glue or two glue sticks
  • A pair of child’s scissors
  • A small box of crayons, containing no more than 16 crayons (Too many color variations confuse young children)
  • A pencil box to keep supplies organized and handy
  • A two-pocket folder for school notes and homework

Additional helpful items are:

  • A lunchbox
  • A box of tissues for the classroom
  • A backpack that is not too heavy or oversized for your child
  • Don’t forget to put your child’s name on their possessions. It’s amazing how often children forget what belongs to them!

If your child just has to have that big box of crayons and smelly markers...keep them at home for his or her own, special "art" center.



#2 Katrina 2010-10-09 13:43
Listing from school teachers really help a lot in deciding what school supplies to buy and actually big saving is expected if followed. We have to admit that our kids wanted everything and if we are clueless of what they need we tend to buy excessively and too much waste of money.
#1 Creative 2010-08-30 04:45
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