msmullenjr, I agree that by 6th they should be able to keep up with their things. It's not possible in kinder as they don't even have a desk. I just make sure every kids has everything they need. That is why I buy out Walmart every summer of things I never get enough of. I really do wish, as a parent and a teacher, that our schools wouldn't request anything from parents. I went to school in Florida and, at least at that time, parents didn't have to provide anything at all. The schools issued supplies to teachers directly. I really wished it was the same here. But our school issues supply lists for parents to provide. Heck, my kids schools until this year always asked for copy paper!!!!!!! What???