Going back to school is a special time for most all parents. It’s the time to buy school supplies, the kids will be out of the house for a large part of the day, and once again, you will have more food in the house. There is a dramatic shift in school supplies for high schoolers as each teacher feels they need special items. This is simply not the case. Here are the ten high school school supplies that your student will need regardless of the classes they are taking.
1. Heavy Duty Backpack-
School books are heavy. Adding in what your student will have to carry to each class– pens, notebooks, folders, lunch, without a heavy duty backpack you may find yourself replacing them more frequently than you would like. Brands like JanSport offer a life time warranty on their backpack for any damage done that is not on purpose. If the zipper breaks or the bottom falls out, you can send it in and get a new one. No matter what backpack you get, make sure that it can hold a minimum of ten pounds.
2. Black/Blue Pens-
In high school, students are required to write in pen. Black and blue ink is the standard. make sure that you buy packs of these as your high school student will go through a lot of them.
3. Red Pens-
A package of red pens will more than likely last your student all year. This is the time that most English classes start peer reviews of essays and other work they do. Red pens are great for correcting and making your student feel more like the teacher than the student.
4. Notebooks or Loose leaf Paper-
High school requires a lot of writing, and note taking. Your student will go through a lot of paper, whether for doing math assignments or writing rough drafts for history and English. If you are considering getting notebooks, make sure that they are the kind that have the perforated sides to avoid any mess. Purchasing a large quantity will be best as your student will need one for each subject he or she is taking. Make sure that all notebooks and loose leaf paper that they get is college ruled. It had more, and smaller lines so that they can write more without wasting paper.
Folders are important. You will need one for each subject your student takes. This is where they will put all of their returned assignments from each class as well as any handouts from class. Let your student pick out the folders they want, these come in so many unique designs and colors, this may be the only way they have to show their style with their school supplies.
You will not need too many pencils. The only classes that require you use pencils is art classes and mathematics. All math classes require you use pencil because there are generally a lot of corrections to be made. Using pencil makes it easier to do so. If you student plans on taking a lot of art classes, they will need more pencils than the average student, as well as additional school supplies depending on what classes they are taking.
If you are going to use a pencil, you are going to need erasers. That flimsy thing on the top of your pencil is only going to last you a few short times. Purchasing either pencil topper erasers or a nice big one such as a Pink Pearl Eraser will ensure that you can erase whatever you want for a long while before you need a new eraser.
8. Highlighter Pens-
These are going to come in handy for all that peer editing your student will be learning to do. Not to mention, they will need them when they study to highlight important information in handouts and whatever they may find to print out for their assignments.
9. Day Planner-
Each day, your student could be assigned up to four hours of homework or more depending on the classes they are taking. A day planner will come in handy to keep track of assignments and when they are due. Your student will never be able to use the excuse that they didn’t know when it was due.
High school math is difficult and often contains multiple math practices within the same problem. A calculator will come in handy when your student has to enter the scary world of high school math. in some cases, the school may have calculators that your student can borrow while they are in class but they will not be allowed to take them home to finish their homework.