Your first grader isn't the only one who is unsure of how to handle the first day of school. Parents may be equally confused when browsing store aisles for back to school supplies.
Here is the problem with trying to buy school materials. In the weeks before school starts, there are back to school sales everywhere--only you don't know yet what to buy for your child, because you haven't got your school's materials list in the mail yet!
Then, when you get the list in the mail, perhaps on the first day of school, and go back to the store, all the sales have ended. Or the good stuff is gone. So let's be smart about this.
Following is a typical list of things that your first grader will need in school. Some of these may or may not appear on your child's classroom list of back to school supplies, but if they don't, rest assured your child will need them anyway. Don't forget that you will need a basic set of school supplies for homework. So buy these essentials; later, it's easy to go back for one or two specialty items your child's teacher may ask for. You'll already have the big stuff.
This is not a comprehensive list of back to school supplies, but it will be a good start. So load up that brand-new backpack with deals from back to school specials; there is nothing like shiny new school supplies to get a kid ready for a new school year!