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Fun School Supplies for Girls
Encourage Academics: Make Learning Fun With Great School Prep And Supplies
Back to school is a blast, and part of making the most of back to school time is getting your child interested and excited.
When you see the supplies roll out in the stores, when the back to school ads are dominating the Sunday paper, then you know it's time to get in gear. Finding fun supplies makes the time a little more exciting for you and your daughter.
Highlighted in this lens are some fun supplies, and ideas for making back to school a beginning to a successful academic year for your child.
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Start With Good Organizational Tools...but Make Them Fun!
Tweens are notorious for needing organizational help, particularly at the middle school level. The beginning of managing multiple classes, different teaching styles, and a slew of books and assignments, it's a tough time. Make it fun, with style and color, but keep it slightly sophisticated.
Plaid School Bags
Jansport is a top name in school bags and backpacks, no matter what the age and need. For girls, these plaid designs are very feminine, but very lasting. As a parent, you want your child to have a quality backpack, but when you invest in a good quality school bag, you also want to know that it's going to last for more than just this year. For your upper elementary aged daughter, for your tween, or for your teen, a plaid backpack has a lasting style.
Plaid Messenger Bags
A popular alternative to the traditional backpack, a messenger bag offers a crossbody carrying position, or shoulder sling position, making it possible for your daughter to adjust to her load of books and school materials. In middle school, especially, locker time is often limited to just a couple of times through the day, and so your daughter will often have to carry a half day's worth of books and materials around from one class to the next, switching them out at lunch.
Findng a good tote or pack is key to helping her stay organized, without wearing out shoulders and back. You'll find this, and many other lovely choices, at Amazon.
Case-It is a great organizational tool for the middle school student, especially, but will also serve an upper elementary or teenaged child well. The enclosed binder makes it especially well suited to keeping loose papers from falling out. This is essential for the less organized student, and is also a great instructional tool in training your daughter to be organized. Let's face it, we have so many areas of life, as adults, in which we need to keep track of "stuff", and many of us wish we had learned some good organizational methods earlier on in life.
Case-It is well suited for your daughter, and is available in many colors, at Amazon.
Vaultz Locking Pencil Case
Pencil boxes and pencil cases are a common part of school supply purchases. This Vaultz Pencil Case is fun, in a pretty blue, and makes for a sturdy container. Tweens, especially, can be very hard on their school supplies, tossing them into their school bags carelessly. A sturdy pencil case can be a great way to safeguard writing supplies, as well as calculators and other essential equipment.
On to the work tools
Now that you have the basics of organizational school supplies handled, you can get into the essentials: pencils, pens, spiral notebooks, filler paper, and all the basic materials. Watch Amazon for some great deals, when back to school season is in full swing.
Of course, you want to pick out some blue and black ball point pens, but make it fun for your daughter, with some colorful gel pens, as well.
While these may not be permitted for doing homework assignments and tests, they can be fun for notetaking. As a middle school teacher, I didn't mind colored pens, so much, and I definitely didn't mind math homework done in ink, as a student couldn't delete their "work", and I could help figure out errors much better when the work was left! However, this is an individual preference which varies from one teacher to the next. Help your child understand rules and expectations, and emphasize respect.
Weigh In - Pen or Pencil for Math Homework?
Is it best to do math homework in pencil? Is it unreasonable for a student to do math problems in ink? If you were the teacher, which would you prefer, and why? As a student, would you think differently?
What medium for math homework?
Tweens go through a lot of pencils, and it's smart to stock up when the sales hit. However, this is also a fun area for embellishment, and upper elementary and tween girls tend to love glitz and bright colors. Find a few fun pencils, and ration them.
Spiral Notebooks come into play year round. Find some fun ones at Amazon.
Find precision math tools.
Texas Instruments Calculators
The TI Series of calculators stands the test of time, always innovating, and adapting to modern methods and interests in math education. A good calculator enables a student to study patterns, and to pursue computations with big numbers, in order to understand the need for technology, but without being excused from learning basic math algorithms and problem solving. Effective use by teachers in the math classroom will equip your student to understand when a calculator is appropriate, and when it wastes time. Yes, a calculator can waste time, in some circumstances.