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Kindergarten and 2nd Grade School Supplies: ALL THE GLUE STICKS

Rumor has it that school starts in five days. Or something. I’m totally not paying attention because I’m in denial and desperately wanting to cling to summer (minus the hot temperatures) for as long as possible. Also, there’s that thing where my baby is heading off to Kindergarten and, yes, I may be overcome with all of the emotions. All of them.

Despite the denial and general weeping, I did manage to get all of the school supplies purchased on their two lists. Remember when “school shopping” meant going to the store and arguing with your mom over which clothes you were going to purchase (or, because the 80’s, put on layaway)? Yeah. Now instead of All the Clothes, we get to purchase All the Supplies. Yes, school is about learning and education. Yes, I do like buying school supplies. But man. That’s a lot of glue sticks.

I avoided that One Store That Has Everything from Name Brand Crayons to Generic Cereal entirely this year. In rural America, that’s difficult, so you should be in awe of me. I shopped at Rite Aid, CVS and, for the last four things (two of which weren’t required as they were backpacks), Amazon. I win.

Kindergarten School Supplies

Kindergarten School Supplies

Kindergarten supplies: 4 folders, 1 binder, 5 spiral notebooks, 24 glue sticks (…), 2 packs of dry erase markers (I went with 4 markers per pack because it wasn’t specified), 2 coloring books (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Team OomiZumi), 1 Pink Pearl eraser (came in packs of 3, so we’re sending him with 1 of the 3), 2 packs 24 crayons, 2 packs 8 washable markers, 1 pack construction paper, 2 boxes tissues, 2 Clorox Wipes (oops, bought Lysol Wipes, but it came in a 3 pack, so my household scored and extra one!), 1 pack brown bags, 2 tubs of wipes (CVS brand), 1 giant glue stick (for Art class), 1 t-shirt (for Art class), and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles backpack with attachable lunchbox (the only thing on the table that wasn’t “required”). Also, what decade is this?

LittleBrother is in awe that all of this stuff is for him. I almost felt bad that neither boy got “fun” notebooks or folders, but I was shopping the deals and the deals were the Plain Jane of School Supplies. I didn’t argue. I grabbed different colors, gave myself a high five, and kept on shopping.

2nd Grade School Supplies

2nd Grade Supplies: 3 folders, 2 packs pencils, 1 pencil case, 1 pencil box (reused from last year), 1 pair of scissors (reused from last year), 1 pack washable markers, 2 packs crayons, 2 bottles white glue, 2 packs glue sticks (didn’t specify quantity, so I went with 3 packs because OMG GLUE STICKS), 1 box gallon bags, 1 tub baby wipes, 1 box tissues, 2 notebooks, 1 Primary Journal (impossible to find in our stores), 1 pack glue sticks for art class, 1 t-shirt (Art class), and a Ninjago backpack (not required; reusing Mario lunchbox from last year).

Obviously, 2nd graders don’t need as much stuff. Or glue sticks. But still, glue sticks.


The total of my savings, based on the “you saved this much” at the bottom of my multiple receipts from multiple trips on multiple weeks to get the best deals? $187.56. I spent 40% of that total (WITH backpacks and the lunch stuff below). I win.

One thing I bought for each boy this year that I’m super excited about: Bento style lunch containers for their lunchboxes from (Or, you know, from, because free shipping.)

Basically, LittleBrother needed something to hold his food (because we are wanna-be hippies and don’t do plastic baggies) in his lunchbox and BigBrother needed a replacement for the one he had last year because someone broke it. (It was me.) I searched around for awhile, wanting BPA free options and also, you know, affordable, because OMGGLUESTICKS. I ended up finding a four pack of these great three divider boxes on Amazon. I bought them, hoping they would be of good quality and fit in their lunchboxes. Answer? WIN WIN! They’re easy to open to boot. I’m thrilled with the purchase, and after they arrived, I purchased their Mini-Dippers too (as the three divider is not guaranteed to be leak proof) so I can send hummus, ranch dressing for dipping carrots, and whatever else I want to send that they won’t eat! I LOVE PACKING LUNCHES. No, I don’t.

Really. I hate packing lunches. Alas, I hate school lunches more and thankfully so do my children.

All of their school supplies are now packed (read: stuffed) in two (reusable, of course) bags, sitting in our dining room. Tonight we will take LittleBrother’s off to school, meet his teacher at Kindergarten Open House, and leave the bag in his cubby. Then I will take my little boy off for ice cream, tell him how proud I am of him, and sob deeply and wholly on my run after he is tucked safely in his bed for the night. BigBrother will take his supplies on Monday when the rest of the school gets to endure Open House, whereupon I’ll get to wear a PTA shirt and tell all the parents why they should be a part of our group.


More ice cream will be necessary. Obviously.

I just realized that I bought all of these awesome school supplies and didn’t even buy myself a new pack of my favorite Pilot G2 pens like I do every year. Look at me, having all kinds of restraint. Sigh.


33 replies on “Kindergarten and 2nd Grade School Supplies: ALL THE GLUE STICKS”

As a teacher, I have an unhealthy obsession with school supplies that started at an early age. It’s like Christmas to see all those pencils and glue sticks (hehe) and crayons! You stocked well and smartly- those boys are gonna be so ready for next week! As for you, that’s why we have running- to get out all those emotions that are completely normal and necessary. I’ll be thinking of you tonight as you take the next steps with your little one!

Sitting here counting my blessings. We don’t have to purchase any supplies for our elementary school kids. Mim’s backpack is still in decent shape and his lunch box is fine (let’s hear it for the L.L. Bean outlet 20 minutes away). Fish needs a new binder and some notebooks and she’s asking for a new backpack, but I’m going to try and get one more year out of the one she has because next year? Yeah next year she’s a freshman in high school and I’m thinking she’ll want to go all new then. Oy!
That said, it’s back to school, so Mim will get SOMETHING new because oooh shiny!

I am all the jealous. I’m excited for the days when boys outgrow character backpacks and I can buy ones that last more than a year. (At the same time, I’m not excited about that, so I’ll just chill and stay here for now.)

I’m going to check out those lunch boxes.

In Kinder Charlie needed 6 of those Primary Journals and the only place I could find them was a teacher supply store. I didn’t even think about Amazon back then. Sheesh.

We have Meet the Teacher on Aug. 22nd. I’m supposed to promote PTO and Cub Scouts that night as are half my parent volunteers. And since I don’t know any of the 3rd grade teachers meet them too. Charlie has 2 teachers in 3rd grade – they switch half way through the day. Blerg.

I love, Love, LOVE school supplies. They were my favorite things to shop for when I was younger. Riley starts PK-3 tomorrow (!) and I opted to purchase the pre-packaged school supply bundle from his school’s Co-Op. I did have to get Kleenex and wipes and such, but I figured it would be easier not to have to get everything on his list, especially since his supplies aren’t really fun yet. But next year (or maybe the year after), it’s on. School supplies 4ever.

I hate packing any lunch. Ever. And my husband doesn’t “let” me pack his lunch. Of course, it’s breakfast, lunch and dinner for him. He prefers to do the last minute decision. More power to him.

Those are MY favorite pens, too! School started here on Tuesday. I went the lazy way and bought the Edukits, so a box of all the rest of the gluesticks was waiting for each girl at their seat. I was going to comment that those awesome lunchboxes aren’t leakproof so make sure not to put anything runny in there – but I see you already know!!

Aren’t they the best pens?

And yes, I got the little dippers for all the dipping and runny stuff. Those lids are a bit hard for LB still, but I assume he’ll get it. This is much better than the kit BB had last year; he struggled with lid all year. Poor kid!

I’m thoroughly surprised FireDad entrusted you to shop for school supplies by yourself. LoL Isn’t that like letting you loose in the grocery store? Soooo many options!! I’m graduating college in December and disappointed that I won’t have actual reasons to buy oodles of school supplies anymore. Must. Feed. The. Addiction. :( Kudos for restraining yourself on the pens. :)

I didn’t have to take out a loan for school supplies this year, but my budget is swamped! Especially now that I am paying for two violins this year! I great full I didn’t have to buy a million boxes of tissues and plastic baggies this year. I hunk the PTO paid for that this year… Not that I joined or anything. I hear its all rabble rousers who join those things ;)

May I ask that you please keep track of those 24 gluesticks so that you know – without a doubt – exactly how many were used in a year? Come on. 24 of them? Really? What in the world will this boy be glueing all year!? EVERYTHING? I want to know what he has left over at the end of the school year. I think you should do a mid-year (end December) check-in to see if he’s used at least 12 of them by then. Yep. *nod*nod*

No. I understand that we are asked to bring so many because a large number of parents WON’T. I can’t/won’t get into the conversations about whether or not that’s fair, but I understand it and simply follow my list to the letter.

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