With summer flying by at lightening speed, it's hard to believe that it's nearly time for school to start, again.
Before that big yellow school bus arrives at your door, you'll want to make sure that your kids have everything they need to start off the school year on the right foot.
To avoid making a last-minute shopping trip, check out this list of the top 10 school supplies elementary school-aged students should have on their first day of class, according to GreatSchools.org, an online education resource.
Glue - Students will usually need three glue sticks and one bottle of white glue for the year, but let's face it - kids love their glue.
Pencils - Your child will need a stock of No. 2 pencils as well as a set of colored pencils for the year. If you have a child who loves to sharpen, you might need a few more.
Pencil sharpener - Look for a sharpener that has a compartment that catches the shavings - your child's teacher will thank you.
Eraser - The old-fashioned pink erasers seem to work a little better than the character-themed variety.
Crayons - Elementary-aged kids will use crayons on a regular basis, so go for the 16-count pack that offers a variety of color options.
Water-based markers - Kids will often use markers for assignments in class, but make sure to purchase water-based versions that will wash off of skin easily.
Three-ring binder - Students will use a three-ring binder throughout the year, but check with your child's school to find out how large the binder should be.
Paper - You'll probably need a supply of handwriting practice paper or wide-ruled, loose-leaf notebook paper, depending on your child's school - or depending on the particular teacher.
Scissors - Make sure to choose scissors with blunt ends for the younger grades. Save the point-ended scissors for your older children.
Storage box - Your child will need a sturdy, 5-by-8-inch box to contain small supplies, like crayons, pencils, erasers and scissors.
Having trouble finding the funds for all these school supplies? Check out these 15 ways to score free supplies before your kids head back to school.
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