School Supplies: HELP?!?

So my oldest is set to start Kindergarten in just a couple of weeks. We have been given the following school supply list:


First, I have already pre-purchased some of these supplies that were not the brands specified. I have heard two different things – some of my friends feel it is imperative to purchase the exact item listed and others buy what is available, on sale or already in their possession regardless of brand.

What’s your take on that?

And second, my husband strongly objects to the community approach of combining everyone’s property and handing it out each time it is used. He would rather our boys have to learn to take care of their things and have to deal with their own consequences if they break their crayons or leave the caps off their own markers rather than dealing with the aftermath of the last child’s use.

I have read recommendations that say to label everything with your child’s name to alleviate this. What do you do?

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