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:

Additional helpful items are:

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.