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All across the country, adults are rejoicing right now because the end of summer means back to school for their children. Each year parents walk into stores armed with a list of supplies needed to get their child through the school year, but not every teachers request is warranted or even makes sense. Here’s a look at some of the most ridiculous school supplies parents are expected to buy these days.


Well this seems a bit ridiculous. Apparently some teachers are asking their students to add tennis balls to their school…

Posted by 104.5 CHUM FM on Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tennis Balls Cut Down On Noise

Wooden or metal chairs scraping against the floor is a very common sound in a classroom but one school in Toronto, CA has found a way to silence that ruckus. Students are asked to buy a four-pack of tennis balls to cut down on the noise. Turns out, a deflated tennis ball attached to the bottom of a chair makes a classroom a lot quieter when students are moving about.

Whatever happened to school supply list including just notebooks and pencils and the essentials (ruler, glue. Eraser,…

Posted by Kimmy Kat on Monday, August 11, 2014

Pencils, On Pencils, On Pencils…

Yes, children do draw and write a lot in school, and you can expect them to break or lose a pencil or two during the school year. But “Kimmy Kat” was upset that her son, who was just starting kindergarten, was asked to bring in 48 pencils and a few cleaning supplies to kick off the school year.


The school supply list today are ridiculous where the tax money for education

Posted by Lamika Jordan on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Pencil A Day Keeps The Doctor Away?

If you think 48 pencils is too much for one child, which works out to about a pencil a week, then you’ll certainly balk at this request. Lamika Jordan was asked to supply her child with six boxes of 24 pencils, which would be almost a brand new pencil each day.


I am not a kindergarten teacher but Roo’s school supply list requests 24 glue sticks! That is ridiculous! Any thoughts or comments on this?

Posted by Emily Bogue Heflin on Sunday, July 20, 2014

Stuck To You Like Glue

Long before computers came along, kindergartners had the art of cut and paste down to a science. But 24 sticks of glue does sound like a lot for just one child. This one Facebook user certainly thought so.


Sometimes it pays to be prepared. I keep this chest stocked with school supplies, craft stuff for all the “I need it by…

Posted by Heidi Carter Haight on Monday, August 26, 2013

Cheesecloth and Pipe Cleaners Go Hand In Hand

Encouraging a child’s creative side is very important. Therefore, making sure that that he or she is fully stocked with supplies to create masterpieces is a must. But cheesecloth? That is an odd request.


This is kinda long but hilarious!!Today was meet the teacher and drop off all your school supplies for my daughter’s…

Posted by Denise Jean-jeanDancinmachine Helwig on Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Step Your Marker Game Up

It used to be that you could send your child off with a simple pack of markers and everything would be okay. However, markers come in all shapes and sizes today, and this one teacher wanted to make sure her pupils were ready for any and all type of drawings. Was she doing the most or what?


It’s ridiculous the long list of school supplies that school the school is requesting! I don’t ever remember my parents having to buy 3 rolls of paper towels, 2 boxes of kleenex, biodegradable soap etc..etc..

Posted by Claudia Miller on Monday, August 1, 2011

Be Kind To The Earth While Washing Hands

We all need to do our part to preserve our Earth, but asking parents to send their children off to school with biodegradable soap is just a tad bit ridiculous. Since when is anti-bacterial soap not enough?


So my mother-in-law read off the school supply list of a friend who has triplets going into the 1st grade. The teacher…

Posted by Amanda Ebert-Botkin on Sunday, August 11, 2013

Real Money For Math Class

One teacher decided it was easier to collect a fee from the parents in order to buy certain supplies, which is bad enough. But to ask for money in the form of change for the children to use in math class is a little over the top. Don’t you agree?


So just going through Macie’s school supplies to make sure I haven’t missed anything, and find it quite ridiculous for…

Posted by Kayla Thompson on Tuesday, August 23, 2011

From Kindergarten To Law School

It is very important for a child to take school seriously, but kindergarten is supposed to be filled with naps and finger painting. Even still, one teacher wanted her little pupils to be very organized with specific color-coded folders complete with page dividers.

Baby Wipes In Middle School?

Many parents look forward to potty-training their children because they’re all too happy to stop buying diapers and baby wipes. So it’s kind of an odd request for a teacher to ask parents to send their children off to school with four packs of baby wipes.




FEELING ACCOMPLISHED AND NICKEL AND DIMED! Finally finished my school supply shopping. It took 2 stores and 130 dollars…

Posted by Amy Kaufeldt FOX 35 on Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Only Name Brand Scissors

Sure, we all have our own specific preferences but sometimes teachers can get a little too specific. Does it matter the brand of scissors? Asking parents to buy cloth pencil bags instead of vinyl ones is reaching.

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