10 Must-Have School Supplies for a Successful School Year


With school starting back up in a few days, we thought it’s time to start thinking about what supplies we’ll need to make the most of this year’s school year. While we’re still thinking about the bigger picture of where we want our kids to be when they grow up, we’re also trying to get ready for the next chapter of our children’s lives.

School Supplies

From the school supplies that are already in the house to those that are on the way, here are the 10 must-have school supplies for a successful school year.

  1. Pencils: You can never have too many pencils. Make sure to keep a few spares in your backpack or desk in case you run out or lose them.
  2. Pens: In addition to pencils, pens are a necessity for taking notes and writing papers. Again, it’s always good to have a few extras on hand.
  3. Notebooks: Whether you prefer spiral notebooks or composition books, make sure you have enough to last the entire school year. You’ll be taking a lot of notes!
  4. Folders: You’ll need folders to keep your papers organized. Choose a variety of colors and patterns so you can easily tell them apart.
  5. Highlighters: Highlighters are great for studying and taking notes. They’ll help you focus on important information.
  6. Post-it Notes: Post-it notes are perfect for quickly jotting down ideas or reminders. Stick them in your notebook or on your desk for easy reference.
  7. Index Cards: Index cards are another helpful study tool. Use them to make flashcards or keep track of key information.
  8. Calculator: A calculator can be a lifesaver during math class or when working on projects at home. Be sure to get one that is permitted for use on tests.
  9. Ruler: A ruler comes in handy for a variety of tasks, from measuring to drawing straight lines.
  10. Scissors: Scissors are essential for any art or craft project. They’re also great for cutting out coupons or wrapping paper.


As your kids get older, you’ll want to replace some of the things on this list with newer school supplies that will fit your child’s changing needs. For example, Elizabeth Richards pencils are a great idea, but you may want to consider replacing them with markers, which are easier to use in a noisy classroom. Other supplies that may be on the chopping block include scissors, paper, and pens. The best way to figure out what you need is to look at your child’s current school supplies and then see what the new school supplies will be.

As always, we’d love to hear from you and what school supplies you’re hoping to get your child for the upcoming school year.