Darn it! It’s that time of the year, again. It’s time to sit behind a desk made for an elementary kid, and get a syllabus from each of six teachers to find out which items are necessities for their classrooms. It’s much more complicated to get the right supplies from six different teachers than in the days when I had only one elementary teacher to deal with for the entire year.
Let the buying begin. But where do you start? I myself like to make everything a game and the game is to find the best bargains for the entire list of high school items. It becomes sort of a scavenger hunt.
The first place to start is with the weekend ads in the local newspaper. The ads that start advertising for school supplies in July are Walgreens, Office Max, Office Depot, Best Buy, Target, and Wal-Mart. You can always get the items that you think you may need early and just keep your receipt so that you can return what you do not need. If your school doesn’t start until the end of August, start buying thirty days before the first day of school.
When you get all of the supplies early, make sure that you put them in a special spot that you remember to put all of the supplies in all of the time. Make it a cool spot so that if you have anything with wax like crayons; they will not melt.
Here are the essentials high schoolers:
1. Highlighters-make sure you get yellow, pink and light green and use each color for certain things on everything you read. Main points can be in yellow while essay potential questions can be in pink.
2. Pens-get more than one and get the kind that makes writing smooth. Many high school teachers like myself, ask students to write in daily journals.
3. Pencils-these are key for math classes in which you need to show all of your work. If you are like me, I change answers all of the time.
4. Erasers-perfect for changing those answers neatly.
5. Lined paper, preferable wide or college lined so those of you who write small can give us a big canvas to read.
6. Calculator– depends on what math class you have. Some are very expensive and complicated so wait to hear what the teacher wants.
7. Colored pencils– great for graphing and charts
8. Notebooks with dividers separating each class into a different section. It really keeps you organized.
9. A Computer-more and more teachers are expecting all essays to be printed on a computer. Look for the deals and rebates.
10. Microsoft Office- you all need it for papers, spreadsheets, design, art, and everything else. Teachers expect it in high school and college. It will help you spell check.