School days are amazing and nostalgic, especially that first day when the school reopens after vacations. It brings with it the feel, excitement, hope and the promise that your child will study harder than the previous session. In short, the first day of school brings with it a new resolve that they'll do all they can to make this year more memorable, enriching and fulfilling. More than that, the new day at school requires you to equip your child with the essential items that he/she will need all through the year.

As a child, if there was something that I looked forward to at the start of the new school year, it was that of my trip to the stationery shop!. If anything, my father loved collecting stationery, so it was a ritual that got both of us equally excited! Those colorful erasers, artsy mechanical pencils, innovative sharpeners, brightly colored arts & crafts material and the irresistible notebooks and school bags all laid out on the shelves – a sight we simply couldn’t have enough of. Even just writing down this list has got me reminiscing about those beautiful, care-free childhood days where all I wanted to do upon going back to school was , catch up with my buddies & eventually  show off my new stationery items to my friends & admire theirs!

Now, irrespective of whether you visit a stationery shop, or choose to shop online, it is important for you to let your child choose their preferred stationery items as he/she knows what teachers have, or would ask for. It's going to be an exciting visit so get ready and stay focused:

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The Minimum Essentials

These are stationery items that will come in handy in every class. Also, these are the minimum that every child, including yours, should have for them to do well in about 80% of their lessons at school. Having these stationery items will help your kid do their homework and manage the first few weeks at school with ease. Hence, the minimums would include:

According to the subject

It is important that your child has all the stationery items according to the subject. In any case, arts and crafts teachers typically ask their students to bring a variety of stationery items ranging from coloring pencils, stencils, glue guns and, or adhesives, and painting supplies to name a few. In terms of crafts, children will learn about many things during arts and crafts classes. Some common stationery items that your child will be asked to bring to school include:

Similarly, your child’s mathematics teacher would require them to have a geometry box containing a ruler, compass, protractor, a set square, graph paper in case the teacher asks for it, and a scientific calculator. So don’t forget getting your hands on these when stationary-shopping.

A variety of papers

Teachers ask children to bring different types of papers. These include loose A4 sized sheets of plain paper and graph paper. Sometimes, lined/ruled sheets are also required so make sure that your kids have those too. A basic checklist of papers would include the following:

Having all these as well as other stationery items will ensure that your kid doesn't have to ask around for these from their friends at school. Always pay attention to any stationery items your child needs and make sure to buy those as soon as you can. Keep your child up-to-date and well-equipped for school as it will help make them a keen learner and & motivated to strive ahead in their class.

Teach your child to stay organized

Considering the sheer amount of stationery that you are going to get for your child, it is vital for you to teach them to keep it organized. In any other case, they might end up losing bits of stationery every now and then. Teach them to keep their pencils, eraser, ruler etc. in their pencil case right after they are done using them. While you’re at it, don’t forget to get them a year planner, dividers and an A4 ring-binder to keep their loose papers organized.

A good way to maintain track of stationery supplies & re-order them on time is to maintain a small whiteboard/bulletin board in a common area of the house (e.g. kitchen) where in your children can keep writing what they would want or have run out of (parents can add in their requirements too!).

At an agreed interval of time (e.g. weekly) the list can be reviewed jointly by parents and children and the finalized list can be purchased over the weekend so that kids are armed with all the stationery supplies to battle out the week ahead in school!
Stationery has the power to stir up all types of emotions, from comfortable to creative. It’s alluring, addictive, and could in many ways be attributed to your success in many walks of life.

 “The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and re-imagines the world.”
– Malcolm Gladwell, Canadian author, speaker, and journalist
“I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep, I wrote in the dark.”
– Henry David Thoreau, American essayist, poet, naturalist, and philosopher

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