Did your school supply list look something like this: 2, 24 boxes of Crayola brand crayons; 48, sharpened #2 pencils; 1 box of Classic Crayola WASHABLE markers; 1 set of Prang or Crayola water color paints; 1 pencil box (not zipper pouch); Plastic folders: purple, red, blue, yellow, green; 2 Wide ruled notebooks….
Shall I go on?
Ours did, and this year we added middle school supplies for 7 classes. 18 packs of sticky notes. Really? I seriously had to chart a list, combining all the teacher requests, as to make sure we had enough packs of loose leaf paper, and 2″ binders.
So after all these items were acquired, EVERYTHING that wasn’t for sharing got labeled with their names. I like to avoid the black hole of the Lost-And-Found and also the notes requested replenishment because someone lost their gear (that I spent a small a small fortune on). Got to protect the investment, right?
Luckily, I snagged this great idea from a family I used to nanny- print return address labels with each child’s name on them. Then, stick them on EVERYTHING! I always have extras, so these work for lunch money bags, replacement supplies…. you get the point.
This year the kids got involved and picked a font and color they wanted.
Extra tip, use clear packing tape over label stickers on plastic items, like folders and magazine boxes, for durability over the long 170 day school year.