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Back to School Shopping Checklist: Middle School

Back to School Shopping Checklist: Middle School

By Jordan Maxwell

Summer may be winding down and while there's still time to ring out some happy summer memories, back-to-school season is just around the corner. For parents considering in-person learning or a hybrid learning option, you'll need ensure you have all of the necessary school supplies to make sure your kids are ready for middle school. As they've developed, their needs have changed but we've got you covered.

If you've got junior-high or middle-school children to shop for, now's the time to start devising your plan of attack for a stress-free and successful shopping experience. To make sure your elementary-school kids get everything they need, as well as everything they want, we've created this handy Back to School Fashion Checklist to help keep you on track.

Clothing for Hybrid or Distance Learning

Now that your kids are older, they'll want a say in their fashion choices. You can find all of the items you need while engaging them in the process as well. When shopping, we've heard you should take an 80/20 approach. That means that 80 per cent of the items you purchase are interchangeable and durable such as solid tees, leggings and jeans, and 20 per cent are the trendier things that keep your children happy and allow them to express their personal style.

You can start by going through your children's closets and dressers to see what you already have on hand to avoid buying too much of one thing or too little of another. This also gives you a good opportunity to purge any outgrown or damaged clothing items and make room for new ones. Just because they might not be going to school, doesn’t mean you won’t need all of the outfits and items you’d normally buy. As well, you want to make sure you have enough reusable masks.

Some retailers where you can find these items include:

Old Navy Boys, Old Navy Girls, Walmart Canada, Amazon Canada, Adidas Canada, The Bay, Nike Canada, Reebok Canada, Foot Locker Canada, Gap Canada, Carter's l OshKosh Canada and Joe Fresh (CAN).

School Supplies and Accessories for Hybrid or Distance Learning

As with any school year, you’ll need to make sure your child has enough pencils and other stationery items to write their assignments. If you’re choosing to send your child back to school, there are some basic supplies that the school will provide such as paper and pencil sharpeners. However, if you’re continuing your new-found virtual learning program, you’ll need to stock up on the school supplies for at-home learning time.

Some items you’ll also need to consider include: Best Buy Canada, Staples Canada, Source Canada, eBay Canada and Canadian Tire.

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