As middle school approaches, there are certain supplies your children will need. That’s why I’ve created this list of 7th grade school supplies. They’ll need much more than a box of tissues and book bags! Keep reading to see how you can ensure your 7th grader is ready for a new school year.
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Tips for Saving Money on School Supplies
It may not seem like it at first, but school supplies often add up quickly, especially when buying for multiple kids in a different grade level.
Over the years, it seems that elementary schools and middle schools supply less and less. This can also be the case with homeschooling.
Without being prepared, the cost can be more than you anticipated. Instead of being surprised by the cost of purchasing school supplies, keep the following money saving tips in mind.
Create a supply list
Before diving into the list of school supplies, let’s talk about ways to save money on purchasing them. First and foremost, if your child’s school has a school supply list, ensure you get a copy. (Before the first week of school, if possible.)
Even if you homeschool, you can still create a list, especially if you want to spend wisely.
Account for additional supplies needed
Remember to set money aside for any additional supplies needed. These are typically things that can break, wear out, or run out throughout the school year, such as three ring binders, tab dividers, or red ink pens. It’s also a good idea to account for optional supplies that the teacher may require but weren’t on the list.
Shop at particular stores
When it comes to saving money, the best tip is to plan where to shop.
Most office supply stores will have a sale right before the start of the school year. You can also find great deals at most big box stores, the Dollar Store, and the like. If you can wait to purchase certain things, they may be marked down even more once the school year has officially begun.
Take advantage of community organizations
Some community organizations will host school supply drives where you can pick up things for free. And if you just so happen to forget something, chances are your child’s elementary school teacher will have some things on hand.
7th Grade School Supplies
To make things easier, supplies will be broken up into categories. Although this isn’t an exhausted list, it is definitely one to help you get the most commonly required school supplies most middle schoolers use and need. (Tip: these work for most 8th grade students and other middle school students as well.)
- Stapler (and Staples)
- Scotch Tape
- Pencil Sharpener
- Correction Tape
- Post-It Notes
Arts & Crafts Supplies:
- Planner (see options below)
- Laptop Computer (check with your best local computer store or trusted source)
- Water Bottle
- Hand Sanitizer
- Printer Paper
Planner for 7th Graders
Throughout the middle school years, students begin learning how to manage their time and days and be more organized. At this age, I start encouraging more independence in homeschool planning.
Whether your child is a homeschooling student, attending a public school, or doing both, they need to learn to plan and set goals for their learning. Below are several planners that are recommended for 7th grade students:
- Global Datebook
- Dated Middle School Student Planner
- Student Planner with Stickers
- Make It Happen Student Planner
What does a 7th grader need for the first day of school?
Now that we’ve gotten a general list of supplies together let’s answer another most-asked question.
What will your seventh grader actually need on the first day of school?
Of course, this all depends on what your student studies. Our homeschool curriculum, Sonlight, comes with a yearly supply list.
Consider this a basic list if your school or homeschool curriculum does not.
- Book Bag
- 2-3 Pencils
- Binder with Loose Leaf Paper
- Spiral Notebook or Composition Notebook
- 1-2 Pocket Folders
The school or teacher may provide anything else they should need. If you are a homeschooling family like us, you’ll most likely already have the supplies in place and organized.
As you prepare to purchase 7th grade school supplies, keep these tips and suggestions in mind. They’ll help you save money and be less overwhelmed as the new school year kicks off. Do you have any suggestions you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below! In the meantime, if you’re looking for a bundle of supplies, check this out!