Well, here we are. The point of no return. My oldest is headed into Kindergarten and will now be in school forevermore. I’m sorry – I can’t help with the dramatics…I’m just not ready, ok?!
..well it’s bittersweet, to say the least. I am being forced to accept my baby isn’t my baby…who else feels like they are in mourning? But don’t get me wrong, a little more quiet around the house won’t be SO horrible!
And boy is he ready! He’s been asking about school for 2 years, has loved doing our version of “school work” and last fall watched the bus go past each morning. He is beyond ready, which makes it much more doable for me!
So now that it seems I have made it all about me, back to reality…he needs this and is going to flourish in ways I can’t even imagine. In my heart, I am so so excited for him! I can’t wait for him to come home and tell me all the new things he learned and the friends he met. The part of me that is crying inside is taken over by the bigger part of me bubbling over with excitement for him!
I am quickly realizing though, your child starting school is a big change for them, but it’s also a big change for us parents. Our worlds are drastically being flipped right side up with tighter schedules and more planning + prepping…we have to be on top of our game!
I have done a bit of research by talking to other moms who already have kids in schools as well as going through the mandatory list of items our school gave us, to put together a list of all the essentials your Kindergartener will need when they go to school.
School Essentials for Kindergarten
No matter what school you will go to, these will be essentials for every kid!
We chose the Grey Robot Grade School Backpack & matching lunch box from So Young Inc. for Levi. We love that all the So Young products are machine washable and the backpack has a great chest clip to help those little bodies carry their weight. All their products are also PVC, Phthalate, Lead and BPA Free! …+ they are just too adorable!
The lunchbox also has a double insert that is extremely easy to take out and wipe clean daily without needing to wash out the entire thing!
We were recommended to purchase this Leak-proof Bentology lunch box and absolutely adore it! It includes 5 containers to store and separate your food, and of course, it’s leak proof! The box also has a side slot to put all the lids while you are eating! Genius!
Reusable water bottle
This, of course, is a must-have, and everyone should already have one of these!..just for life in general haha! We adore all things S’well, so it was a no-brainer to get my little guy the S’ip by S’well insulated water bottles for Kindergarten. You can find some really cute designs here or on their website.
Extra set of clothes
A shirt, pants, pair of underwear, socks. A lifesaver for those really rainy days or when + if your little one has an accident…this is a must!
Having a bag to put your child’s gym clothes is a necessity – purely for smell haha..just kidding! But having one is essential and mandatory for us! Here is a great gym bag that’s waterproof, washable & comes in many different colours!
These may be required for your child in Kindergarten, or may be provided to you by the school or teacher – but it’s best to be on the safe side if it’s not clear!
Box of Tissues
This is mandatory for our school but may not be for yours, though it is a good idea! Some kids I know (ahem, mine…) always need to be clean whether it’s their hands or in their nose, so they go through quite a bit of tissues. I wouldn’t expect his teacher to supply his habit haha. This goes for wet wipes too!
We opted for Dapple all-purpose wipes and other products for easy cleaning. All Dapple products are plant-based and kid-friendly so they were a no-brainer. It’s an essential item for school and in our home.
Our school doesn’t require us to bring any supplies like markers, crayons, paint brushes, paint or a pencil case to Kindergarten but I know this isn’t the case for everyone, it seems to be on a school by school basis. Make sure you check with your school to know what their protocol is!
Plastic Document Pouches
I would have never thought of these, but it is such a great idea! With all the things your child’s backpack is stuffed with, make sure they have something to put their notes from the teacher, report cards etc. in a plastic document pouch so it doesn’t get all crumpled or wet from rain or spilled juice.
A helpful note:
Make sure all your child’s personal items are labeled! This is mandatory for our school, but may not be for everyone. Having a name label on all the child’s items will help when they undoubtedly misplace an item or someone takes their coat or water bottle by mistake.
We are using Mabel’s Labels for all of our labeling needs and they have been amazing! You can design your own to fit your child’s style and they have every shape and size you could need. Mabel’s Labels are also clothing and washable friendly, so no need to worry about losing them every time an item needs washing!
Now that I am physically prepared…just to get emotionally prepared!
Do you have children going into Kindergarten? What are some of your essentials?