Are you a teacher looking for ideas to create your school supply list? You’re in the right place!
I get asked often what is on my school supply list. I created this printable for you to share exactly what supplies I ask for each year.
You may have more or fewer items on your school supply list depending on where you live and what grade you teach.
School Supply List
The following is the basic list of supplies I ask for each school year.
- 2 boxes Crayola Crayons
- 1 box Kleenex
- 1 red plastic pocket folder
- 1 blue plastic pocket folder
- 1 box Washable Crayola thick classic markers
- 2 .77 oz regular Elmers Glue sticks
- 2 Chubby Beginner wood pencils (no characters or “fancy” pencils)
- 1 8 ct Crayola Washable Watercolors Paints
- 1 pair 5″ Fiskars blunt scissors
These are just the basics, you can choose to add additional supplies such as baby wipes or play dough. You can even change your list each year to meet your current needs.
Certain states and programs may not allow teachers to request supplies. Each state is different when it comes to school supplies, some states do not allow teachers to ask parents for anything at all. Other states have no restrictions about asking parents for supplies.
It’s important to also note that some federally funded early childhood programs do not allow teachers to ask parents for supplies.
Other teachers may work in private programs where a supply fee is collected from parents upon enrollment.
Always check with your school administrator first before asking parents for school supplies just to be safe.
Printable School Supply Checklist
Keeping track of who brought which school supplies can be a challenge for all teachers, and it’s impossible to do without a good checklist. Just fill in the free printable below with your own student’s names and the items they brought. You can customize this printable supply checklist to meet your individual needs.
Click on the image above to download the free, printable school supply checklist.
If you are allowed to ask parents for school supplies, it’s going to be in your best interest to add pictures to your list. You’ll increase your chances of getting the right brands when you include pictures on your list.
Another great way to get the supplies you need for your classroom is to work with a school supply company. Many schools share their supply lists for each grade level with a company, and the company packages the supplies in one big bundle that parents can pre-purchase for their child before the first day of school. Then, the supply bundles are delivered directly to the classrooms.
Easy-peasy and definitely my favorite way to get supplies! I only know of one such company here in my local area, but you can search for one near you.