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No matter if your child still has his first day of school ahead of him, goes to primary school or secondary school: Right after the end of the big holidays, he will need the necessary school supplies for the coming year. That will be books, spiral-bounds notepads, pens, a school bag, a pencil case and a lot more products. Most often they get a list from their teacher on which all materials they need during the school year are listed. More information >
The first letters are written with a pencil. Later on this one will be replaced by a fountain pen. For beginners, there is a wide range of pens which stand out through an ergonomic grip position and a special pen. They thus spring initially strong to the pressing. They come in a child-appropriate design and make writing with a pen by Lamy, Faber-Castell or Pelikan a lot of fun. If your little one is left-handed, there are special pens with a special spring for them. They provide a good flow of the ink and support learning how to write. For learning the optimal cursive writing, however, not the speed, but the slowness is important, according to brain researchers. With a fountain pen in his hands, your child will be able to think and write deliberately, he will improve his fine motor skills and lays the basis for an own handwriting.
Once your child starts to go to school, he will carry a bag on his back. He finally belongs to the big ones. During the school years, a bag will accompany your little one. It will accommodate booklets, books and pencil case and everything within and which belongs to school supplies. Decorated with fairies, horses, dinosaurs or race cars, your child will be able to choose his favorite one. You should, however, check on some criteria to choose the right bag for your child: The norm DIN 58124 determines that at least ten percent of the back and side parts of the bag are equipped with reflectors. They will provide that your child will also be seen when the light conditions are worse. Another twenty percent of the areas have to fluoresce during the day and be marked with well-visible yellow or orange colours, similar to a high-visibility vest. The school bag needs to perfectly fit your child for that his back does not suffer any hygienic long-term damages. As your child will carry this bag in winter and summer, it needs to be tested with a jacket on and without. Manufacturers like Samsonite, Scout, McNeill or DerDieDas look for an ergonomic shape. Once the school supplies are in it, your child will carry them safely to school. In most cases, a suitable gym bag as well as a pencil case is already included when buying a school bag.
Besides pencils, colours, bags, pencil cases and books, also lunch boxes and drinking bottles are among the things for school supplies. A healthy breakfast and something to drink is a good base for learning well and listening more attentive. Keep the breakfast away from the school things. The bread won’t be crumbled then and the books and everything won’t be smeared with food. Get your child a drinking bottle as well; they are a bit smaller than normal bottles so that your little one does not have to carry too much. Bottles made of plastic are lighter, however, also bend easier. Bottles made of glass are more stable, however, need more space in the bag and are most often heavier.
Whether your child is right or left-handed, suitable writing utensils need to be among proper school supplies. Besides the already mentioned pens for beginners, e.g. by Lamy; pencils, colored pencils and fibre pens should not be missed in the pencil case. The pencils are available in different widths and sizes. Furthermore your little one needs a sharpener, rubber, paint box, brushes and a ruler. Rulers are available in different sizes. A wooden ruler with a 16cm length fits well into the pencil case and does not break as easy as a ruler made of plastic. Once your child is a bit older, he will need a circle. If the circle can be adjusted with a screw in the middle, it won’t fold up as quick and thus allow your child to draw big circles without correcting the adjusted margin all the time.
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