Returning to school creates a mix of emotions in students and their parents. One way to make the change of routine and return to school go more smoothly is to have school supplies. Feeling prepared for school will lessen stress and improve a child’s readiness to learn. Read more for information on must have school supplies.
- Daily Planner
Transitioning from less structured summer days to very structured school days takes planning. After school and weekend activities need to be balanced with homework. Developing a system to track due dates and places to be is a life skill. Each person needs to create a method that works for them. Daily planners are a great way to start.
Some schools provide planners or agendas for students, or there are a multitude of options at any office supply store. Sometimes it takes trying a couple of different options to find a planner that works best.
- Writing and Note Taking Tools
Though much of the students’ work is digital, writing and note taking tools are still a must have school supply. Research shows that it is important to handwrite as well as type ideas and notes. Students’ brains think differently whether they are writing longhand or typing.
Setting up a system of tracking paperwork and notes is another means of staying organized. Some students do well with separate notebooks; others work best in one notebook with dividers. As with different planners, determining the best system takes trial and error.
Writing utensils for note taking, drawing, writing in planners, and doodling come in all colors and sizes. Choosing a variety of colors and sizes can add some fun to the school supply shopping list.
- Backpack and/or Laptop Case
For their protection, laptops should be carried in their sleeve or case. Sometimes these will fit into a backpack; other laptop cases have their own shoulder straps and are meant to be carried separately.
Before choosing a backpack, consider your child’s size. You do not want them carrying too much weight. In a backpack, you want to easily fit the supplies that your child will be carrying back and forth to school. A backpack can aid in organization. Before wrapping up homework, all materials needed for the next day should be in the backpack. A visual check should readily confirm that.
Read more about other essentials to fit in a backpack.
- Water Bottle
Many schools have water fountains that are designed to refill water bottles. Hydration is important to stay healthy. Without proper hydration, it is difficult to focus on schoolwork. Select a water bottle that can fit in your child’s backpack. Encourage your child to refill their water bottle throughout the day.
- Lunch Bag
Lunch bags are available with many different features. Insulated, compartmentalized, and spill proof lunch boxes lets you pack almost anything for lunches and snacks. Snacks and lunches can be planned out for the week. This will help everyone in the house stay organized and eat healthy.
Read more, encourage your child to always have a book, audio, eBook, or physical book, with them each day.