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Your Back to School Supplies Guide for Middle school

Updated on July 8, 2010

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Starting middle school is an exhilarating time for children. New parents may or may not know that supplies for middle school are a little bit different from what was required before in elementary school. It’s possible that your children's new middle school has provided a specific list of back to school supplies, or they could have posted a school supply list on their website. Below I have provided a fundamental list of school items for children heading to middle school who are going back to school this fall and may not know what they need.

Back to School Computer

Lets tackle big items first, children who are in middle school generally don’t need a very powerful computer. It’s during these first years that your children need to be slowly introduced into the use of a computer for things like research, communication and paper writing. Even the low-cost desktop computer systems will provide more than enough computing abilities for these simple tasks. Since low cost computers are the most price competitive segment of the desktop market, deals can be found year round. However, Prices have very little room to move around so you should shop around for what meets your needs and not worry about being to early or late for back to school deals, Of course price is going to be the one of the important factors in your decision, but the best prices aren’t always found during the back to school season. Contradictory, right before when they clear the shelves for their “back to school sales”

Back To School Calculator

Back to School Necessities

School study aids have always come in handy at any moment's notice. These crucial items will help your children feeling intelligent and push them to do their best through out the entire year!

  • Calculator
  • Protractor
  • Pocket dictionary

Back to School Shopping

Basic Back to School Items

As I mentioned earlier here are the basic school supplies that all students can use across the board. Don’t forget to check your child’s middle school website.

  • Number 2 pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • Large erasers
  • Washable markers
  • Hand-held pencil sharpener
  • Highlighters
  • Ballpoint pens (blue/black)
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Ruler
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Mini stapler
  • Three holed paper
  • Three ring binders
  • Combination locks - Wait on this one as the school may provide one
  • Lunch bag insulated ones are best as they will keep food fresh
  • Backpack

Organizational Back to School Items

Help your child stay organized when they go back to school this year. Being organized is a best way to get start off the new school term, and stay on track with assignments during the entire school semester.

  • Paper folders
  • Pencil case
  • Subject dividers
  • Index cards

Back to School Hygiene Items

Don let your children miss school because of avoidable colds. Giving your child these items to have on hand at school will help reduce the chance that they’ll become ill.

  • Kleenex
  • Hand sanitizer (mini bottles)

Kids Back to School

It’s a good idea to go back to school shopping for items early to avoid the crowds and limit the risk of not finding what they need because it’s sold out. It also helps a child feel comfortable with the fact that they are ready to start in a new school the proper way. As parents, helping your children get ready and organized is probably the most important thing you can provide.

Give them a work area where they will be able to do their homework, having an uninterrupted and orderly space will help keep them focused. Help them assemble the supplies they need and have your child arrange everything so it feels comfortable for them. Remind them to keep it tidy and to go there to do their homework. Help them organize a schedule for homework, knowing that they will be included in other events, like sports or band activities that will compete with homework time. And Don’t let them use that as an excuse for not doing their home work, and if you have a puppy train them not to eat their homework.


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      Shawn McCconnell 

      8 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      It's funny I had one of the mothers that I work with tell me she went to the mall and left simply due to the long lines, best of luck if your heading to malls

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      Arwen Taylor 

      8 years ago

      I agree that it is a good idea to start early when shopping for back to school items. The stores get crazy. However, if you really want to save money, then you should shop on tax free days if your state has them. It will be crowded but that's an additional 4-6% you can save on the purchase of supplies. Just get up extra early that day to avoid the crowds.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I found your lists of back to scholl must haves very interesting. You have the list down pat. It looks like the lists I used to get when my children were in school. It's unfortunate that parents are having to spend the kind of money that is needed to complete their list with economy today. Great job - great hub.

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      8 years ago

      I can't believe how much kids are expected to buy for back to school. It's unbelievable and a little unrealistic for some families. Luckily, I homeschool .... but, we still use a lot of these items.

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      8 years ago from Texas

      Boy do I remember buying school supplies for my kids. They are all adults now but I remember I would always wait until the first or second day of school to get a lot of the supplies as each teacher would require certain supplies that were never on the list. It got pretty pricey. Thanks for this info. You did a good job. Cheers.


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