Teacher-To-Parent School Supplies List: 7 Surprising Items


Are you writing out the annual back-to-school shopping list? Many teachers ask parents to pitch in with school supplies, as it is a way to minimize out-of-pocket costs. A number of “surprising” items frequently appear on teacher-to-parent shopping lists, and with that in mind check out the following to make your supply runs easier:

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Cleaning Supplies

Classrooms get germy quickly, so many teachers ask for disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and other general cleaning supplies. Go the eco-friendly route if desired by providing your children’s classrooms with white vinegar–it is non-toxic, ridiculously cheap, and highly-effective as a disinfectant and cleaner. It works on just about every surface imaginable.

Glue Sticks

Pencils are not the only items parents ask for in bulk–they also need glue sticks. Lots and lots of glue sticks. Packs of 24 are usually best, which you can find at any craft store.

Duct Tape

Duct tape may seem like a very odd thing for teachers to request, but when you think about the tape’s incredible versatility….well, it makes a lot more sense. Duct tape works in many emergencies, from broken pencils to broken desks.

Class Pet Supplies

The classroom hamster needs supplies too! Food for the class pet is another thing teachers frequently ask for.

Small Electronics

Schools are “going digital,” and many teachers are asking parents for items the children can easily bring with them. Earbuds for school computers is one inexpensive example. You may also be asked to provide disposable cameras so your kids can document the school year.

Printer Paper

Extra paper is often very necessary in the classroom, whether for copying worksheets or use as scrap paper. You might be asked to bring in a packet or two.

A Letter From You

A letter from you to your child is yet another thing teachers frequently ask for. Comforting letters that cheer children on as they embark on the new school year are wonderful gifts that soothe frazzled nerves on the first day of school. They also make wonderful keepsakes.

There you have it….now you won’t be surprised when you receive your school supply list from your children’s teachers!