[Back to School Tips] Basic Supplies Every Student Needs at Home

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Back to School Jitters

I must have been pretty geeky since I was a kid, because I’ve always remembered looking forward to each new school year. I mean summer vacation is fantastic. Plus you can always stay up late and not worry about getting up early the next day. Yet somehow I love the feeling of welcoming back school. It’s not so much that I want to see demanding teachers and do odd homework, but I find the idea of having new books and school supplies really exciting. In fact, it’s something I look forward to every time. So before all the chaos sets in, here is a guide to what your school supplies shopping list should include.

Top 10 School Supplies You Need at Home

Item #1 : Packs of Short and Long Bond Paper

Have you ever felt the feeling of panic when you need some school supplies and found out that you’ve run out, just when all the stores have closed? I’m pretty sure that’s not a nice feeling. You can avoid the “I-need-it-when-I-don’t-have-it” syndrome by planning ahead. Have enough stocks of these supplies so you’re guaranteed to have what you need for that important report or presentation.

Item #2 : Extra Ink Cartridges for the Printer

I’m sure that one of the last things you want is to be in the middle of printing a report, only to find out that you’re out of ink! Uh-oh! That can be pretty frustrating, so plan ahead and stock up a bit on ink cartridges.

Item #3 : Adhesives such as tape and glue

If there is one lesson I’ve learned from my late dad, it’s to always be ready for the unexpected. In simple terms here, it means having on hand what you need. We’ve never run out of scotch tape as far as I remembered. While I was growing up, my dad was pretty much well organized and we never had to have the feeling of panic of being out of supply.

Item #4 : Extra Blank CDs

Time was when I had a box of floppy disks on hand. Do you remember them? Nowadays, they’re probably non-existent! Extra blank CDs are especially handy for school presentations. I know it’s the era of the USB flash drives, and they are sometimes used in placed of CDs. Just make sure you have whatever you need on hand.

Item #5 : A Box of Staple Wire

Staplers are a regular part of household and office supplies. You may need to stock up on some staple wires too. Common sizes for the home and office staple wires include: 26/6, 24/6, 24/8, 13/6, 13/8 and No.10 for mini staplers. Running out of staple wires is a petty yet annoying thing.

Item #6 : 2 or 3 Packs of Art Paper or Posterboard

Depending on the student’s level in school, most would need some art papers, construction papers, or posterboards, such as the ones in the photos. Most preschoolers and elementary students also need crayons and/or markers. Middle and high school students may need illustration boards, posterboards, or Manila paper.

Item #7 : Correction Fluid or Correction Tape

Correction fluid is handy. It comes in various forms: correction fluid bottle, correction tape, or even correction pens. Some popular brands include: Liquid Paper and Wite-Out (US, Canada, Australia, Brazil), Tipp-Ex (Europe), Twink (New Zealand), Snopake, White Away, Pentel correction pen, Edigs.

Item #8 : Extra Ballpens and Pencils

I’m glad this is part of the list. One of my pet peeves is if someone tries to borrow my favorite pen. I don’t know why but my pens have always been that special to me. If you’re a student, there’s no excuse for not having loads of pens and/or pencils. These days colorful gel pens are also fashionable.

Item #9 : Writing Pads

Writing pads are part of a student’s life. We’ve been required to write tons of stuff even when we were in kindergarten. Perhaps my early writing experiences were nice so that I’ve developed a fondness for it. I even had my own tiny collection of notebooks to this day.

Item #10 : Folders and Envelopes

Wow! I’ve finally managed to come to the end of the list. Folders and envelopes are sometimes taken for granted. We don’t remember that we need them until we do. It’s also handy to keep some on hand. They’re perfect for organizing and arranging files and documents.

Now that you have a list, I hope you’ll never run out of school supplies that you will need during the school year.

Teacher Rose  heart icon

Get Involved in Your Child’s Activities, Hobbies and School

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It’s probably no secret that children who have involved parents are happier, healthier, and more well-adjusted and excel at their educational and extracurricular pursuits. It can increase their cognitive development, keep them motivated, strengthen the parent-child relationship, and have a direct positive influence on their overall academic achievement. In turn, it can also help parents achieve a positive outlook on their parenting, increase their own self confidence and self esteem, and will most likely feel more satisfied with their child’s educational experience at school.

But where do you get involved? With today’s busy schedules between home, work, and school, it may feel that the average family has very little quality time to offer. However, different options and levels of commitment are available to fit every parent’s availability, and with some careful planning and dedication, you can make it a positive experience for both yourself and your child.

girl-scouts-bake-saleFirst of all, discover what your child is most passionate about. Maybe you’ve thought about volunteering for the school bake sale to raise money, but your child is actually more actively involved in her local Girl Scouts troop. If that’s the case, then get together with the other Girl Scout parents and see what you can contribute to help the troop. Maybe you could organize a bake sale to benefit their next summer outing.

It’s also important to consider what skills, talents and abilities you can bring to the table. Maybe your child’s school is in desperate need of your help organizing a fundraiser, but your skills in sewing and designing might better serve the school if you were to help in making the costumes for the school play. Remember, you want this to be a positive experience for both of you, and if your child senses that you’re not happy with what you’ve chosen to become involved in, then they likely will not be happy as well.

But the bottom line is get involved and stay involved. Children of involved parents are less likely to get into mischief, have emotional problems, or have problems in school. You benefit by connecting with and staying connected to your child. It’s a win-win situation for you both.

Teacher Rose  

Follow Through Is the Key to Successful Discipline

disciplineLet’s face it. There are just some days when it would just seem easier to let your child have his way than feeling like you’re fighting a losing battle when trying to discipline them. They beg, plead, cry, barter and scream – anything to get out of doing the time for their crime. However, don’t lose your strength and your will during this time. It’s times like these when consistent disciplinary action is imperative to teaching your child positive and acceptable behaviors. There is no room for negotiation when it comes to bad behaviors and there should be no room for exceptions when it comes time for punishing misdeeds or bad behavior.

Hopefully before any misdeeds occur, you’ve sat down with your child and discussed the consequences of misdeeds and inappropriate behavior or decisions. Be concise and consistent when discussing these consequences so that when the time to implement them comes, you can follow through with ease. Children are classically testing the boundaries and limits set on them on a continual basis, and the temptation to ‘bend the rules’ just once or twice can be overwhelming when they’re really trying your patience. But be firm yet fair. Emphasize that this was the understood consequence for this particular misdeed or inappropriate action, and that now is not the time to negotiate. Afterwards, take time out to discuss the situation with your child, and if it seems that perhaps a consequence that worked at first isn’t working anymore, rethink that punishment and negotiate with your child. Of course, parameters that are set for their well-being or safety should never be negotiated. But in other instances, it may be time to develop a new consequence based on your child’s age, temperament or maturity level.

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It’s also imperative that your spouse and any other adult caregivers are all on the same page and following through on punishments with the same level of consistency and clarity. Should you determine that what was once working isn’t working anymore and develop a new parameter, be sure all adult caregivers are brought into the loop so that follow through remains consistent and clear.

Teacher Rose  

Encourage your Child to Feel Important

importance of your childIt’s imperative for a child’s healthy development to feel important and worthy.  Healthy self-esteem is a child’s armor against the challenges of the world. Kids who feel good about themselves seem to have an easier time handling conflicts and resisting negative pressures. They tend to smile more readily and enjoy life. These kids are realistic and generally optimistic.  It’s also been shown that children who feel important are well-rounded, respectful, and excel in academics, extracurricular activities and hobbies and develop healthy relationships with their peers.

In contrast, for children who do not feel important or cherished have low self-esteem, and challenges can become sources of major anxiety and frustration. Children who think poorly of themselves have a hard time solving problems, and may become passive, withdrawn, or depressed.

You are the biggest influence in your child feeling important, valued and worthy.  Remember to praise your child for a job well done, and also for putting a valiant effort.  Praise the good traits they naturally possess, and help them find ways to learn from their mistakes and failures.  Be honest and sincere in your praise.  Help them realize that you also suffer from self doubt and can make mistakes from time to time, but that you know that you are important, valued and loved.  When you nurture your own self -esteem and importance, your child will learn to do the same, so be sure to lead by example and steer clear of self-depreciating yourself or engaging in activities that lower your self-worth or importance.

Your child may have inaccurate or irrational beliefs about themselves, their abilities or their traits.  Accentuate the positive about your child, and encourage your child to set realistic expectations and standards for themselves.  Help them identify traits or skills they’d like to improve and help them come up with a game plan for accomplishing that goal. Encourage your child to become involved in cooperative activities that foster a sense of teamwork and accomplishment.

Through these and other positive, affirming activities, your child is sure to develop a strong sense of self importance, value and worth which will carry into their adult years.

Teacher Rose 

Do As I Say and As I Do

teaching disciplineChildren learn to imitate at a very young age.  It’s how they learn to behave, care for themselves, develop new skills, and communicate with others. From their earliest moments they watch you closely and pattern their own behavior and beliefs after yours. Your examples become permanent images, which will shape their attitudes and actions for the rest of their life.

It’s important to be responsible, consistent and loving with your child.  This also holds true for the relationship you have with your spouse, your parents, and other family members and friends that are also a part of your child’s life.  Own up to mistakes when you make them, and communicate openly and honestly with all family members.

pamper yourselfIt’s also important to take good care of yourself.  When we’re focusing on what’s best for our child it’s easy to neglect our own needs.  Your child and your family are counting on you physically and emotionally, so it’s imperative that you teach your child by example that taking care of yourself helps you to take care of them and the rest of your family.  This shows your child that not only do you love them and the rest of the family, but you love yourself as well.  This is an important step in teaching your child about self esteem.  This may involve getting a sitter and treating yourself out to dinner and a movie, or doing another favorite activity on your own.  This teaches your child that you are not only their parent, but your own person with your interests and needs, and also gives them a chance to show you how well they can do without you with them for a while.

It’s also important to nurture your relationship with your spouse.  Let your child see you communicate in a positive and healthy manner with one another, and show love and affection for one another so your child can begin to learn early on what a healthy marriage should be like. You’ll soon see your child patterning many of his behaviors after your own.  So make sure that what you say and do around your child will help build a strong sense of security and self esteem.

Teacher Rose