Parenting School

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.



Fire Truck Backpacks for Back-to-School

BigBrother will be sporting a Toy Story backpack this year. Thanks to the release of Toy Story 3 in June 2010 (and the double feature of Toy Story 1 & 2 in theaters this October), it’s been easy to find Toy Story gear. And affordable. That said, fire trucks are still a big thing in our household. While researching backpack purchases this year, I bookmarked a few fire truck numbers that I thought I could share with our readers.

Quilted Backpack I love the colors on this cute, quilted Stephen Joseph backpack. I love the fire doggie (a hit with LittleBrother right now). I figure this particular bag would be most appropriate for a younger preschooler, not yet thrust into the world of Licensed Characters and Name Brand Stuffs. It has a unique drawstring closure under the flap and a roomy 14″ x 12″ x 4″ for everything a preschooler needs to carry to and from their school to your vehicle. The best thing about this bag? Machine washable. PERFECT for the younger set, no? It runs $21.97.

Whirrrrr! This Crocodile Creek backpack makes me laugh with the “sound” that the bag says that the truck is making. If you ask LittleBrother what sound a fire truck makes, he’ll tell you that it says (in a very high pitched voice), “WOO WOO WOO!” Not “Whirrrrrrr.” But you know, details. I like the mesh bottle pocket on the side of this bag as BigBrother has to take his (Lightning McQueen) water bottle just about everywhere. Handy little feature there! Again, the colors are bright and wonderful. This particular bag sizes in at 14″ x 11″. It runs $28.00 at Chasing Fireflies. It’s also available at Amazon for $25.95.

Etsy Version! If you prefer to go the handmade direction, you can’t go wrong with this one from Etsy. I absolutely love it. Black and white and red and personalized. Just have your child’s initial or whole name added to the top and no one will be able to swipe their backpack. No confusion at pack up time. And really, what are the chances that someone else in your child’s class is going to have this backpack? It measures 8.5 inches wide by 11 inches tall, and 3.5 inches deep. Another nice, roomy backpack for the fire truck lovers among us. It runs $32.50 but, remember, buying handmade helps other families. Kudos!

If BigBrother wasn’t constantly wearing his Buzz Lightyear costume around our house and lasering things, I really would have gone the route of a fire truck backpack this year. Hopefully those who are searching for something for their little firefighter find this post useful.

Happy Back-to-School! (*enter sirens here*)

(And if you’re needing a variation on a fire truck backpack for an older tween, teen or college student, read my review on Feuerwear Bags. From purses to messenger bags to laptop bags all made from recycled fire hose. HOW COOL.)

[No compensation was received for this post. I simply like fire trucks. I Blog with Integrity.]