Back To School Essentials For In-Person, Online, and Homeschool Learning

Are you ready for the start of a new school year? Whether you are returning to school in person, online, or homeschooling we’ve got you covered for school essentials!

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Back To School Essentials

kids lunch bento

  1. Refillable water bottles are a must every school year.
  2. Backpacks and Lunch Pails are a fun way for kids to express their personalities and interests! These ones from pottery barn are our favorite! They are high quality and we love that you can personalize them with the child’s name or initials.
  3. Speaking of lunch a bento-style lunch box is a must this year! We have always used the Yumbox and absolutely love it.  Leakproof and large enough for the hungry eater! These make it easy for your child to eat independently without needing help opening things from staff. Here are some of our bento-style lunch ideas!
  4. Shoes that are velcro, slip-on, or no tie will be a great choice for this coming school year.
  5. Label everything!!! Seriously though you know you’re always sending a jacket with your child and at the end of the day, it seems to be missing.  These labels are awesome and durable! Our personal favorite.
  6. Library Card! Library cards are free and perfect to help kids at all reading levels!

On-Line Learning and Homeschool Essentials

Homeschooling In Northern Nevada


  1. Chromebooks are simple to learn and on a more affordable end for laptops.
  2. Rolling Cart is the best to store curriculums, books, notebooks and supplies! We love that it rolls too!
  3. Blue light-blocking glasses will be essential for online learning!  Kids who are taking online classes or virtual classes will want to use some of these glasses!
  4. These Magazine File holders are perfect to keep curriculums organized and fit in the rolling cart listing above!
  5. This desk is small and compact and has room for some supplies! Don’t have room for a table? No problem My family does our school from our kitchen table!
  6. We have and love this writing paper.
  7. Having a visual timer can be helpful for kids, especially younger ones!
  8. We have and love these math cubes for preschool and elementary school kids! They can be used for so much more than math!
  9. Library Card! Library cards are free and perfect to help kids at all reading levels!

You’ve Got This Mama

Hopefully, these items will help you feel more prepared for the school year! What other items would you include in your back-to-school essentials list?


Kacey Queen is a co-founder of Nevada Moms

Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.

She serves on the board for Northern Nevada Health Systems, and Northern Nevada Sports and Recreation, and she is passionate about her community.

Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, exploring the outdoors, working out, local coffee shops, and dessert!