The One Back-to-School Product Your Kid Can't Live Without

'Tis the season for the best back-to-school buys. Whether your studious scholar wants nothing more than a sharp pencil or the more goodies than can fill three backpacks, there are always those items that they just need. We asked the iVillage community, what's the one back-to-school essential your child can't show up to class without? Some of our favorite responses:


A good calendar. He needs to be able to see what's coming up next.


An electric label maker — so I can put the kids' names on their supplies.


An art smock.


Adjustable-waistband jeans.


A vinyl/plastic folder. Those two-pocket paper ones rip the first time you use them, but these are great, especially for younger students who bring home that folder every day.


An oversized calculator.


Extra wedge-top erasers that fit the top of pencils — kids always seem to bite the other ones off.

His new pencil sharpener! He thinks it's the coolest thing. He keeps sharpening and sharpening — by the time school starts, his pencils will be one inch long!

Her favorite cartoon character lunch box.

A rolling backpack. Have you seen the amount of homework they expect kids to pack on their backs these days?

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