Now the homework gets serious. Students may be bringing home one to three textbooks at a time, along with their lunch kit, library books, and agenda. That gets heavy, even for an adult, which is why I love these rolling backpacks
. For lighter load days, students can wear them on their back as usual. Then on days when they're really weighed down, they can save their back (and posture!) by wheeling around their homework.
Stick with garbage-less lunches by using these hip stainless steel containers
in this simple denim lunch kit
For the most part desks are a war zone. I have spent a solid three minutes waiting for students to wade through their desks to search under piles of paper for their pencil case. Make it easy to find with this bold patterned pencil case
. Another note, avoid pencil cases with too many clasps, snaps, and zippers. Just one clasp or straight zipper is all that's needed. Otherwise, getting to their pencils becomes a daily production.
I don't know how it happens, but older kids always
lose their pencils. Always. It's just a theory, but I think if kids had these colorful pencils
, they'd be less likely to lose them since they may be the only students in class not using the standard yellow pencil. Also since they're different, they will know right away if another student has accidentally picked theirs up off of the floor.Scissors
For the most part, students are now old and mature enough to use real scissors
. Don't send them to school with safety scissors that don't cut.
Please, do yourself and your child a favor and stick to the classic white eraser
. We all know the pink pearl erasers aren't the best, but the gimmicky scissors with rubberized 'eraser' handles or toy shaped eraser/pencil sharpeners are a waste of money. When it comes to erasers, keep it simple.
Hand washing is a daily routine in primary, but when children reach intermediate they're expected to do it without being asked. I'll tell you right now that most students still will not think to wash their hands before eating. If you're concerned about cleanliness, pick up a pack of hand sanitizer
to keep those hands germ-free.
A lot more writing happens in these grades, and so long as your child isn't having difficulties with printing clearly and smaller, college rule paper is fine. However some notes to keep in mind:
- Unless specified, three ring binders and loose leaf paper aren't commonly used in these grades. One to two packs of loose leaf along with duotangs will suffice.
- Avoid notebooks with sections for multiple subjects. It will only cause frustration when one subject needs to be handed in while the other subject is homework, but they're all in the same notebook.
- Coil-bound notebooks seem like a good idea, but unless your child is super neat, they're not as great as you think. The coils only end up getting squished in your child's desk and become a complete nuisance to use.
All of the above reasons is why this notebook
, with its regular lined rule, no coil, single subject, is the best option.