Recommended School Supplies
journal ~a composition book-styled journal works best; they are more durable than spiral bound notebooks. Primary ruled notebooks with space for drawing at the top are available at both Wal Mart and Office Depot; I recommend these for all first year students and any older student still practicing proper letter formation.
1 spiral bound sketch book, smaller than 9”x 12” This size is perfect.
2-3 square boxes of tissues
1 box Band-Aids®
*backpack without wheels
Composition books ~ 3 for new students 1-2 for returning students to replace filled books during the year. (Please do not write names on these; we will store them until kids fill books and then pull them out of storage when someone needs a new book.)
Athletic style gym shoes (without cartoon characters if possible)
*Indoor shoes ~ gym shoes may double
folder ~ Any 2 pocket folder, plain or with an image appropriate for school to be used as a communication folder.
*Indoor Shoes: In our classroom, most of each child’s work is done on the floor. In order to keep your child, the materials, and our classroom carpet clean, it is essential that each child has a pair of shoes that stay at school and they wear only inside the school. It is unnecessary for your child to keep multiple pairs of shoes at school; the athletic-style gym shoes necessary for physical education class may serve as your child’s indoor shoes. If you send a pair of shoes other than gym shoes, please be certain they are appropriate for working on the floor. Soft-soled casual shoes are best. Slippers, clunky shoes and flip-flop style sandals pose a safety hazard to everyone in our environment, and are not permitted. If your child cannot tie his own shoes, please do not send lace-up shoes, indoor or otherwise; independence is key in a Montessori environment; having someone else tie your shoes is counterproductive.
*Backpack: Most of the students share a small locker. The smallest backpack that will hold all of your child’s things is best.