Here are the most essential items on our family’s back-to-homeschool shopping list:
- Pencils: I prefer the highest quality wooden pencils; not mechanical pencils with their ever-breaking tips
- College-ruled paper: I’ve always liked the narrow spacing, but any lined paper will do, from Kindergarten writing pads to wide ruled paper.
- Binders: we use 3-ring notebooks to store assignments and our completed schoolwork
- Page protectors: this is the Most Essential item on my list. We page protect all school work worth keeping
- Colored pencils: Our artsy 10yo requested these be added to her list
- Markers in different thicknesses: We use markers for studying artists
- Crayons: Because, you know, they’re important no matter your age
- Calendar: I like to have a huge desktop calendar for me, and a wall calendar for the homeschool room
- Journal: It’s important to me that the children journal daily. They can write whatever they like, with the promise that nobody needs to read it. They keep two journals: a personal one, and a spiritual one
- Scissors: Since last year’s scissors are hiding, we have to buy another pair. Or two. Or three
- Glue sticks: Because I prefer glue sticks to pourable (ie. tip-clogged) glue
- Pencil/Pen Pouch: These pouches hold a small ruler, erasers, pencils, a hard candy…having a pouch helps lessen the amount of time we spend looking for pencils, etc.
As you’re aware, we don’t have to leave home to shop for back to school items.
We can do all of our shopping online, and Walmart has made back-to-school shopping even easier with a new site called Classrooms. Shopping at Classrooms helps you organize your shopping list, but it also helps your local school out. Even though we homeschool, we chose a local school to connect our Classrooms account, because we like to help our community when we have an opportunity to do so.
Signing up for a Classrooms account is easy. If you already have a Walmart.com account, you simply sign in! If not, signing up is simple seconds-long process.
After logging in, look up your child’s school to see if a school supply list is posted. If you can’t find your child’s teacher registry, it’s not a problem. Simply invite the teacher to join Classrooms in one easy step – click ‘request a list’ to send an email to the teacher.
If you homeschool, or if you’d just rather, you may use the shopping lists already suggested by Classrooms (this is what I did!).
Classrooms by Walmart is more than just a great new way to buy school supplies! Check the “Cash for Schools” landing page and see if your school has signed up. If so, you can earn 4% cash back on all Walmart purchases for your school. If not, provide your school administrator with the printable “Free Cash For Your School” PDF.
You may also help the school of their choice earn money by redeeming eBoxTops and by using “Cash for Schools” when they start their shopping experience at Classrooms and walk them through the sign up process.
How Teachers Can Sign Up
- Visit the Classrooms website
- Click on “Teachers Sign up” in the top menu bar
- Fill out the form
- Press “Create Account”
- Visit the Classrooms website
- Click on “Parents Sign up” in the top menu bar
- Fill out the information
- Then Click ‘Sign Up’ (if you already have a WalMart.com account, you’ll use that username & password)
What’s on your Back to School shopping list?
Thank you, Walmart, for sponsoring today’s article.