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No matter if your child still has his first day at school ahead of him or already attends primary or secondary school: Right after the summer holidays, he will need to be equipped with the necessary school supplies such as notebooks, spiral-bound notepads, pencils, school bag or satchel, pencil case and many other products for the next term. Quite frequently, pupils will get a list from their teacher on which everything required for the next school year is specified.

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No matter if your child still has his first day at school ahead of him or already attends primary or secondary school: Right after the summer holidays, he will need to be equipped with the necessary school supplies such as notebooks, spiral-bound notepads, pencils, school bag or satchel, pencil case and many other products for the next term. Quite frequently, pupils will get a list from their teacher on which everything required for the next school year is specified. More information >

Learning to write with the first fountain pen or rollerball pen

Your child will write his first letters with a pencil which is later to be replaced by a fountain pen. A wide range of fountain pens which feature an ergonomic shape as well as a special tip is available for beginners. The tip which works like a cushion is particularly suitable for children who just started writing and still press too hard while doing so. The child-oriented design of the rollerball pens by Lamy, Faber-Castell or Pelikan turns writing into a pleasant and fun task. There are also special pens which feature nibs that are cut in the opposite direction so that they can be used by left handers. These pens for lefties provide a good flow of ink and thus support your child while learning to write. Brain researches state that learning longhand the right way does not depend on the speed but on the slowness. Being equipped with a rollerball or fountain pen for beginners will help your child learn to write in a considerate and thoughtful way, because these writing instruments improve his fine motor skills and lay the foundation of his own unique handwriting.

Being on the way to school with the right school satchel

Right from your child’s very first day at school, he will proudly carry his school bag or satchel. Now, he finally belongs to the cool big kids. The school bag or satchel will accompany your child throughout his school years and accommodate notebooks, schoolbooks, pencil case and simply everything that belongs to the big field of school supplies. Your child will choose his favourite school bag which can feature fairies, horses, dinosaurs or racing cars. Apart from the school bag’s look, there are also a couple of aspects you as parents need to consider when buying a model for your child: DIN 58124 for instance is a safety standard for school bags that determines that at least ten percent of the back and side parts of a school bag must be equipped with reflective elements that ensure that you child is visible to other traffic participants and pedestrians in case of poor light conditions outside. Another twenty percent of the surfaces of a school bag must fluoresce in the daytime and thus feature clearly visible yellow or tangerine colours which are similar to the colours of a reflective vest. The school bag or satchel must feature a perfect fit so that your child’s back won’t suffer any long-term damage. Due to the fact that your child will carry his school bag in winter and summer, it is recommended that he tries it on with and without his jacket on. Manufacturers such as Samsonite, Scout, McNeill or DerDieDas produce school bags with an ergonomic shape. Once all your little one’s school supplies are accommodated in the satchel, he will proudly and safely carry his trendy school bag on his way to school. Many models come in a convenient set that consists of a school bag as well as a matching gym bag and pencil case.

5 things you need to consider when buying a school bag or satchel:

  • Is your child able to move properly when he carries the school satchel on his back?
  • Does the satchel feature shoulder straps that can be adjusted so that it adapts to the size/ height of your child?
  • Make sure that the straps are wide enough and that they neither pinch somewhere nor cut in nor rub.
  • If the satchel projects beyond the shoulders of your child, it might be too big.
  • Does the school satchel feature the mandatory warning colour as well as the reflective areas?

School supplies for lunch break

Apart from pens and pencils, paints, school bags and satchels, pencil cases and notebooks, there are also lunchboxes and drinking bottles your little one needs to be equipped with. A healthy breakfast and something to drink and refresh helps your child to focus and concentrate much better. That is why, you should never let your child leave the house for school without a proper breakfast. Also, make sure that he has his school lunch with him every day. A lunchbox is perfect for transporting lunch and snacks separately from his school things. This way his food doesn’t get squashed and his school supplies remain neat and clean. If your child attends primary school, you should make sure that he has a drinking bottle with him so that he stays hydrated throughout the school day. Usually, drinking bottles for school are a bit smaller so that your little one’s school bag isn’t too heavy for him. Drinking bottles made of synthetic materials are lighter in weight but can be bended out of shape easily. Drinking bottles made of stainless steel or glass are stronger and sturdier but require much more space in the school bag and can be heavier.

Finding the right writing instruments for school

Writing instruments that are suitable for either a left hander or a right hander are part of the school supplies. Apart from the rollerball or fountain pens for beginners such as the ones by Lamy mentioned above, pencils, coloured pencils and felt tips must not be missed out in your child’s pencil case. Pencils are available in different sizes and thicknesses. Furthermore, your child will need a sharpener, rubber, colour box, paintbrushes and a ruler. Rulers are available in different sizes, too. A wooden ruler with a length of 16 cm fits perfectly into the pencil case and is less likely to break than a ruler made of plastic. If your child is already a bit older, he will need a compass. If the hinge of the compass can be adjusted by a screw in the centre, the compass is less likely to fold and thus allows your child to inscribe the circles of the same size without readjusting the radius once set.

Supplies your little one needs for school:

  • Writing instruments: rollerball or fountain pen, pencils, felt tips and coloured pencils
  • Notebooks and notepads with the required lineatures
  • Sharpener, rubber, ruler, set square or triangle
  • School art supplies: sketch block, colour box, paintbrush
  • For the lunch break: lunchbox and drinking bottle

Items to store everything: school bag or satchel, gym bag, pencil case

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