Since sixth grade is typically the first year of middle school, students and their parents should expect an increase in homework and school work complexity. School supply lists will also increase based on the demands of the teacher and curriculum. Supply lists vary between schools. Many public schools defray their budget by asking each student to bring communal items such as tissues and hand sanitizer in addition to their personal supplies. Always clearly label your child's items with permanent marker.
Purchase two, three-ring binders. Binders take a beating, nylon covered binders generally endure more than a plastic covered one. Spending the extra few dollars in the beginning will save you from having to buy more binders throughout the year.
Reinforced Binder Dividers and Loose-Leaf Paper
Opt for metal reinforced rings around the holes in the dividers and spend time helping your child divide his subject notes, handouts and assigments. Spending 20 minutes teaching basic organization will help your child keep his school work and hand-outs together.
Colored Pencils and Highlighters
Your child will use a 12 pack of colored pencils for science and math projects. Choose the erasable version of colored pencils, along with a colored-pencil sharpener.
Many schools begin using rulers well before sixth grade, but help keep everything together by buying a ruler that snaps into his binder rings.
A basic four-function calculator is necessary for most sixth-grade student. If your child is in a more advanced math class, he may require a higher-functioning, graphing calculator.
Pencils, Pens and Pencil Case
Purchase a 24-pack of Number 2 pencils along with a durable sharpener. Many schools also require a package of blue pens and black pens. Help your child keep everything together with a three-hole punched pencil case that snaps into his binder.
Personal and Classroom Items
Some schools, to defray the school's supply budget, ask students to supply classroom and community items like a box of white-board markers, an eraser, a box of chalk, a box of tissues and a roll of paper towels. Check with your child's school regarding specific supply needs.
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