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Back To School: 37 Learning From Home Essentials (For Students Of Every Age)

A new school year is here – and for kids of all ages, that means a very different learning experience, with classrooms and teachers replaced by living rooms and computer screens. But even with distance learning, there are still lots of ways you can help the student in your life be prepared – and outfitted – for a successful year.

We’ve all had to adapt to a lot of changes this year, and kids are no exception. While most schools ended in-person instruction last spring, this is the first new school year where distance learning will be the norm. So to help your kids succeed, we’re sharing our tips and product picks to help them stay focused, engaged in learning, and have a little fun, from Pre-K to College.


Keep scrolling to see all our 37 favorite products for pre-K, elementary, middle, high school, and college students (starting at just $4) 


Want some ideas for how you can work more efficiently at home? Check out our posts Working From Home: How To Make It Work For You and Bobby on a Budget: 3 Easy Home Office Setups (For Under $500).

Pre-K & Kindergarten

For the youngest kiddos, we’ve compiled options to help them learn, and stay entertained. A child-size modern wood table and chairs provide an ideal space for little ones to use this cute scissor skills workbook or color with these crayons made for tiny hands. A pre-school readiness kit will help you teach your child numbers, shapes, and refine motor skills, while a set of handsome wood blocks will expose them to the alphabet. Store all their favorite books in this handy book rack, and keep them hydrated with a colorful kid-sized water bottle. And they’ll have hours of creative fun with this kid’s digital camera.


1. VTech KidiZoom Camera | 2. Kids Book Rack | 3. All Ready for Preschool Readiness Kit | 4. Stackable Primary Crayons | 5. Bentwood Multipurpose Table and Chair Set | 6. Scissor Skills Preschool Workbook for Kids | 7. Etched Wooden Blocks | 8. Hydro Flask 12 oz Kids Water Bottle


Elementary School 

Help your First to Fifth Grader stay focused, get creative, or keep organized with these picks. Use this simple shower caddy to organize all their supplies – and they can carry it with them wherever they work! A paint and marker pad is perfect for art projects, as are a set of mess-free markers and this clever glue dispenser that will make craft time clean up a cinch. Help your star student stay focused with a set of stylish headphones (that also have a built-in microphone ideal for online instruction) and this countdown timer for timing tasks. A colorful dry erase board works great for writing down daily assignments or dates to remember, and a sculptural desk lamp, adjustable booster cushion (to help kiddos work from the dining table), and a super handy pencil grip will set them up for success.


1. Kids Headphones with Microphone | 2. Carrion Modern Metal 14″ Desk Lamp | 3. Heavyweight Paint and Marker Pad | 4. Multi-Purpose Glue With Dual Tip Dispenser | 5. Large Soft-Grip Tote | 6. Pencil Grip | 7. Crayola Color Wonder Markers | 8. Adjustable Chair Booster Cushion | 9. Speech Bubble Purple Dry Erase Board | 10. 60 Minute Visual Analog Timer

Middle School & High School 

Give the middle or high school student in your life the tools to make the most of an unconventional school year. This colorful file folder is built for staying on top of projects and papers, while a fun desktop calendar will encourage them throughout the year. An affordable laptop is essential for online learning, and this uber-handy tablet stand (that’s just $4) will help keep things close by. A color block notebook or sunny notepad will make writing tasks a little more lively, along with some stylish gel pens. They’ll stay focused with a set of wireless earbuds,  and a bright yellow chair and desk lamp are suited for studying (and will make a stylish addition to their bedroom).


1. Yellow Swivel Chair | 2. Wireless In-Ear Headphones | 3. Best Year Ever Desk Calendar | 4. Colorblock Notebook | 5. HP Chromebook 14-Inch Laptop | 6. Expanding File Folders with Pockets | 7. Super Fun Spiral Notebook | 8. Poppin Jewel-Tone Retractable Luxe Gel Pens | 9. Worthing 21″ Desk Lamp | 10. Headset And Tablet Stand


Whether studying from afar or adjusting to a more isolated dorm life, you can help college students adjust to a new way of learning (and living) with some studying essentials. They’ll be fully prepped for online classes with an easy to use webcam and a pair of sleek wireless headphones. This weekly planner is designed to fit perfectly in front of a keyboard for easy access, and an erasable pen will be their new go-to writing tool. To help them unwind after a long day – or get focused for a night of studying – an oil diffuser is a great addition. This comfy desk chair is a must-have for proper posture, and no desk is complete without a stylish task lamp, sculptural organizer, or a fashionable (and functional) mousepad.


1. Desk Organizer | 2. Essential Oil Diffuser | 3. Webcam with Microphone | 4. Concrete And Black Metal Reza Task Lamp | 5. Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones | 6. Modern Mouse Pad | 7. Grey Flat Bungee Office Chair with Arms | 8. Brilliant Weekly Scheduler | 9. Pilot FriXion Clicker Erasable Pen