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Back to School 2017

Get Ready for Back-to-School

Our Annual School Supply Picks

By: Mary E. Miele, founder The Evolved Education Company, learning specialist and mother of three children

It’s that time of year again — and if you are me, this is better than my birthday!  Whether you need  pens, pencils, index cards, folders, binders, paper or rulers, look no further! Included in this list are some of our favorite supplies. Enjoy and share the love!

Pens, Pencils and Highlighters: Why splurge? We find that when students can be colorful with their work by color-coding notes, edits, corrections and etc., they are enthusiastic about event the most mundane of assignments.

Le Pens $22.47 Amazon.com
Le Pens $28.92
Uni-ball Pens $17.36 Amazon.com
Uni-ball Pens $16.56 Amazon.com
Pilot G2 Retractable Pens $8.78 Amazon.com
Pilot G2 Retractable Pens $8.34 Amazon.com
Ballpoint Pens $10 Poppin.com
Ballpoint Pens $10 Poppin.com
White TIp-Top Rollerball Pen
White Tip-Top Rollerball Pen $12                                                                       Poppin.com

Pencils and Erasers

Ticonderoga Pencils $5.69 Amazon.com
Erasers $2.28 Amazon.com
Erasers $1. 69  Amazon.com

Highlighters

Highlighters $4.99 Amazon.com
Highlighters $2.00  Amazon.com
Thin Highlighters $10 Poppin.com
Thin Highlighters $10 Poppin.com

Colored Pencils

Watercolor Pencils $24.96 Amazon.com
Watercolor Pencils $13.96 Amazon.com
Colored Pencils $55 Amazon.com
Colored Pencils $26.48      Amazon.com
Pencil Sharpener $5.20 Amazon.com
Pencil Sharpener $1.59 Amazon.com

 Pencil Cases: One for each kind of student!

Case It Pencil Case $14.43 Amazon.com
Case It Pencil Case $14.69 Amazon.com
Pencil Pouch $12 Poppin.com
Pencil Pouch $12 Poppin.com
ban.do Floral Pouch $14.95 papersource.com
ban.do Floral Pouch $14.95
papersource.com
Canvas Pouches $19.95 papersource.com
Canvas Pouches $19.95
papersource.com

Staplers: You never know when you’ll need one! This one is sturdy and can be used by even the youngest of students.

Staplers $14 Poppin.com
Staplers $14 Poppin.com

Scissors: Students are cutting and pasting all the way through high school.

Scissors $11 Poppin.com
Scissors $11 Poppin.com
Kids' scissors $2.94 Amazon.com
Kids’ scissors $2.94 Amazon.com

Three-hole punch: Do handouts get misplaced or ruined in pocket folders? Punching and sorting handouts into binders will keep your student neat and organized.

Three Hole Punch For the Desk $29.99 Amazon.com
Three Hole Punch
For the Desk
$29.99 Amazon.com
3 Hole Punch for Binder $5.95 Amazon.com
3 Hole Punch for Binder
$5.95 Amazon.com

Folders: Choose folders that speak to your student’s interests or go with a different color for each subject.

Meadsports 2 pocket folders $16.41 Amazon.com
Meadsports 2 pocket folders $16.49 Amazon.com
Pocket Folder $6 Poppin.com
Pocket Folder $6 Poppin.com
Pocket Folder $3 Poppin.com
Pocket Folder
$3 Poppin.com

Paper: long gone are the days of buying hole repair stickers – go for the reinforced paper and never again worry about loosing a sheet!

College Ruled Reinforced Paper $3.47 Amazon.com
College Ruled Reinforced Paper $6.30 Amazon.com
Graph Paper $3.49 Amazon.com
Graph Paper $5.09 Amazon.com

Notebooks: Select a different color for each subject.

2 Subject Notebooks $15.10 Amazon.com
2 Subject Notebooks
$14.45 Amazon.com
One subject notebook $8 Poppin.com
One subject notebook $8 Poppin.com
Smaller Sized Notebooks $5.43 Amazon.com
Smaller Sized Notebooks
$5.71 Amazon.com

Binders: Zip-up binders come in handy for home filing. At the end of each quarter/semester/course, have your student file papers to keep in a sip-up binder, divided by subject.

Case-it Z-binder $21.99 Amazon.com
Case-it Z-binder $21.99 Amazon.com
Aqua Pocket Binder $10 Poppin.com
Aqua Pocket Binder
$10
Poppin.com
Binder $27.66 for a six pack Amazon.com
Binder $27.66 for a six pack Amazon.com
Mead Flex Binder Assorted Colors and Designs $17.99 Amazon.com
Mead Flex Binder
Assorted Colors and Designs
$17.99
Amazon.com

Dividers: Even if your child’s teachers do not include these on their supply list, these are a must for optimizing organization.

Dividers
Dividers $4 Poppin.com
Dividers $2.99 Amazon.com
Dividers $2.99 Amazon.com

Index Cards and Post-It Notes: Colors keep students interested and organized!

Oxford Index Cards are the best–hands down. I happen to like the colored ones, but they come in white too–lined or blank. $5.99/300 cards at Amazon.com
Index Cards $5 Poppin.com
Index Cards $5 Poppin.com
Index Card Box $14.54 pack of 4 Amazon.com
Index Card Box
$14.54 pack of 4
Amazon.com
Post-it Notes $6.59 Amazon.com
Post-it Notes $4.69 Amazon.com

Measuring Instruments

Ruler $8 Poppin.com
Ruler $8 Poppin.com
Clear Ruler $8 Poppin.com
Clear Ruler
$8 Poppin.com
Compass $5.48 Poppin.com
Compass $2.99 Amazon.com
Protractor $7.72 Amazon.com
Protractor $11.29 Amazon.com

Backpacks: go for style, practicality and good posture with these selections.

Hershel Backpack Grey $59.99 Amazon.com
Hershel Backpack Grey
$59.99 Amazon.com
Jansport Backpack $56.88 Amazon.com
Jansport Backpack $56.88 Amazon.com
Lands End Backpack $22.00 Landsend.com
Lands End Backpack $22.00
Landsend.com
LeSportSac Function Backpack $ lesportsac.com
LeSportSac
Function Backpack
$125.00
lesportsac.com

Planners: Stylish and practical. Get your students planning at the elementary school level so that it’s second-nature when they arrive in middle school.

Very Busy Planner $32.95 papersource.com
Very Busy Planner $32.95
papersource.com
Ban.do Girl Crush Planner $20.95 papersource.com
Ban.do Girl Crush Planner
$20.95
papersource.com
Academic Planner $15.42 amazon.com
Academic Planner
$15.42
amazon.com

School Supply Top Picks 2016

Get Ready for Back-to-School

Our Annual School Supply Picks

By: Mary E. Miele, founder The Evolved Education Company, learning specialist and mother of three children

It’s that time of year again — and if you are me, this is better than Christmas!  Whether you need to know which pens, pencils, index cards, folders, binders, paper, or rulers you should by, look no further; included in this list we have some of our favorite supplies. Enjoy, and please feel free to recommend our list to others!

1) Pens

Le Pens $22.47 Amazon.com
Le Pens $28.92 Amazon.com
Uni-ball Pens $17.36 Amazon.com
Uni-ball Pens $16.56 Amazon.com
Pilot G2 Retractable Pens $8.78 Amazon.com
Pilot G2 Retractable Pens $8.34 Amazon.com
Ballpoint Pens $10 Poppin.com
Ballpoint Pens $10 Poppin.com

 

White TIp-Top Rollerball Pen
                             White Tip-Top Rollerball Pen $12                                                                       Poppin.com

 

2) Pencils

Mechanical Pencils $3.97 Amazon.com
Mechanical Pencils $3.99 Amazon.com
Ticonderoga Pencils $5.69 Amazon.com
Ticonderoga Pencils $5.58 Amazon.com
Erasers $2.28 Amazon.com
Erasers $1. 69  Amazon.com

 

3) Highlighters

Highlighters $4.99 Amazon.com
Highlighters $2.00  Amazon.com
Thin Highlighters $10 Poppin.com
Thin Highlighters $10 Poppin.com

4) Colored Pencils

Watercolor Pencils $24.96 Amazon.com
Watercolor Pencils $13.96 Amazon.com
Colored Pencils $55 Amazon.com
Colored Pencils $26.48      Amazon.com
Pencil Sharpener $5.20 Amazon.com
Pencil Sharpener $1.59 Amazon.com

5) Pencil Cases

Case It Pencil Case $14.43 Amazon.com
Case It Pencil Case $14.69 Amazon.com
Pencil Pouch $12 Poppin.com
Pencil Pouch $12 Poppin.com
ban.do Floral Pouch $14.95 papersource.com
ban.do Floral Pouch $14.95
papersource.com
Canvas Pouches $19.95 papersource.com
Canvas Pouches $19.95
papersource.com

6) Staplers

Staplers $14 Poppin.com
Staplers $14 Poppin.com

7) Scissors

Scissors $11 Poppin.com
Scissors $11 Poppin.com
Kids' scissors $2.94 Amazon.com
Kids’ scissors $2.94 Amazon.com

8) Three hole punch

Three Hole Punch For the Desk $29.99 Amazon.com
Three Hole Punch
For the Desk
$29.99 Amazon.com
3 Hole Punch for Binder $5.95 Amazon.com
3 Hole Punch for Binder
$5.95 Amazon.com

9) Folders

Meadsports 2 pocket folders $16.41 Amazon.com
Meadsports 2 pocket folders $16.49 Amazon.com
Pocket Folder $6 Poppin.com
Pocket Folder $6 Poppin.com
Pocket Folder $3 Poppin.com
Pocket Folder
$3 Poppin.com

10) Paper

College Ruled Reinforced Paper $3.47 Amazon.com
College Ruled Reinforced Paper $6.30 Amazon.com
Graph Paper $3.49 Amazon.com
Graph Paper $5.09 Amazon.com

11) Notebooks

2 Subject Notebooks $15.10 Amazon.com
2 Subject Notebooks
$14.45 Amazon.com
One subject notebook $8 Poppin.com
One subject notebook $8 Poppin.com
Smaller Sized Notebooks $5.43 Amazon.com
Smaller Sized Notebooks
$5.71 Amazon.com

12) Binders

Case-it Z-binder $21.99 Amazon.com
Case-it Z-binder $21.99 Amazon.com
Aqua Pocket Binder $10 Poppin.com
Aqua Pocket Binder
$10
Poppin.com
Binder $27.66 for a six pack Amazon.com
Binder $27.66 for a six pack Amazon.com
Mead Flex Binder Assorted Colors and Designs $17.99 Amazon.com
Mead Flex Binder
Assorted Colors and Designs
$17.99
Amazon.com

13) Dividers

Dividers
Dividers $4 Poppin.com
Dividers $2.99 Amazon.com
Dividers $2.99 Amazon.com

14) Index Cards and Post-It Notes

Index Cards $6 Amazon.com
Index Cards $4.84 Amazon.com
Index Cards $5 Poppin.com
Index Cards $5 Poppin.com
Index Card Box $14.54 pack of 4 Amazon.com
Index Card Box
$14.54 pack of 4
Amazon.com
Post-it Notes $6.59 Amazon.com
Post-it Notes $4.69 Amazon.com

15) Measuring Instruments

Ruler $8 Poppin.com
Ruler $8 Poppin.com
Clear Ruler $8 Poppin.com
Clear Ruler
$8 Poppin.com
Compass $5.48 Poppin.com
Compass $2.99 Amazon.com
Protractor $7.72 Amazon.com
Protractor $11.29 Amazon.com

16) Backpacks

Hershel Backpack Grey $59.99 Amazon.com
Hershel Backpack Grey
$59.99 Amazon.com
Jansport Backpack $56.88 Amazon.com
Jansport Backpack $56.88 Amazon.com
Lands End Backpack $22.00 Landsend.com
Lands End Backpack $22.00
Landsend.com
LeSportSac Function Backpack $ lesportsac.com
LeSportSac
Function Backpack
$125.00
lesportsac.com

17) Planners

Very Busy Planner $32.95 papersource.com
Very Busy Planner $32.95
papersource.com
Ban.do Girl Crush Planner $20.95 papersource.com
Ban.do Girl Crush Planner
$20.95
papersource.com
Academic Planner $15.42 amazon.com
Academic Planner
$15.42
amazon.com

MANAGING EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Get Ready for Back-to-School

A seven part series for parents of school-aged children
Part Six: Managing Extra-Curricular Activities

By: Mary E. Miele, founder The Evolved Education, veteran learning specialist and mother of three children

Students must have time to enjoy their passions and hone skills that do not have to do directly with their school experience. The choices for extra-curricular activities are endless. The benefits to students are that they can explore creative, social, physical, political, and career interests with like-minded students. Students will make friends and share interests and creativity with others.

Extra-curricular activities are important, but how is a middle and high school student supposed to manage them along with schoolwork, down time, social time and self-care?

Here is a step-by-step guide to managing extra-curricular activities:

  1. Write down what extra-curricular activities the student wants to do, the student’s schedule and what else he or she has to do outside of scheduled time to participate in the activity.
  • Many students forget that extra-curricular activities may require more time than solely meeting for practice or at club time.
  • Students need to factor in time for travel, preparation, and/or meetings.

2) If a student has many extra-curricular activities that he or she wants to do, prioritize them in order of what he or she wishes to do most vs. least.

  • If a student finds that he or she does not have enough time to give to the activities toward the end of the list, then at least the student will know what activity is the priority.
  • If a student cannot fit in the activity one semester that does not mean that it cannot fit in later in the school year, or during the summer. Be sure that all options are discussed so that activities are not eliminated completely.

3) Put all time commitments for your extra-curricular activities onto your calendar and be sure that you have time for homework and studying, dinner, showering%2

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Get Ready for Back-to-School

A seven part series for parents of school-aged children
Part Three: School Supplies

By: Mary E. Miele, founder The Evolved Education, veteran learning specialist and mother of three children

As someone who has sat with students on an hourly basis working on homework, studying or projects, I can absolutely tell you which supplies are needed and among them, what are the best. Read below to learn about our recommendations.

1) Pens

Le Pens $22.47 Amazon.com
Le Pens $22.47 Amazon.com
Uni-ball Pens $17.36 Amazon.com
Uni-ball Pens $17.36 Amazon.com
Pilot G2 Retractable Pens $8.78 Amazon.com
Pilot G2 Retractable Pens $8.78 Amazon.com
Ballpoint Pens $10 Poppin.com
Ballpoint Pens $10 Poppin.com

2) Pencils

Mechanical Pencils $3.97 Amazon.com
Mechanical Pencils $3.97 Amazon.com
Ticonderoga Pencils $5.69 Amazon.com
Ticonderoga Pencils $5.69 Amazon.com
Erasers $2.28 Amazon.com
Erasers $2.28 Amazon.com

3) Highlighters

Highlighters $4.99 Amazon.com
Highlighters $4.99 Amazon.com
Thin Highlighters $10 Poppin.com
Thin Highlighters $10 Poppin.com

4) Colored Pencils

Watercolor Pencils $24.96 Amazon.com
Watercolor Pencils $24.96 Amazon.com
Colored Pencils $55 Amazon.com
Colored Pencils $55 Amazon.com
Pencil Sharpener $5.20 Amazon.com
Pencil Sharpener $5.20 Amazon.com

5) Pencil Cases

Case It Pencil Case $14.43 Amazon.com
Case It Pencil Case $14.43 Amazon.com
Pencil Pouch $12 Poppin.com
Pencil Pouch $12 Poppin.com
Pencil 3 Ring Pouch $3 Poppin.com
Pencil 3 Ring Pouch $3 Poppin.com

6) Staplers

Staplers $14 Poppin.com
Staplers $14 Poppin.com

7) Scissors

Scissors $11 Poppin.com
Scissors $11 Poppin.com
Kids' scissors $2.94 Amazon.com
Kids’ scissors $2.94 Amazon.com

8) Three hole punch

Three Hole Punch For the Desk $29.99 Amazon.com
Three Hole Punch
For the Desk
$29.99 Amazon.com
Binder Three Hole Punch $14.95 Amazon.com
Binder Three Hole Punch $14.95 Amazon.com

9) Folders

Meadsports 2 pocket folders $16.41 Amazon.com
Meadsports 2 pocket folders $16.41 Amazon.com
Pocket Folder $6 Poppin.com
Pocket Folder $6 Poppin.com
Pocket Folders $15.83 Amazon.com
Pocket Folders $15.83 Amazon.com

10) Paper

College Ruled Reinforced Paper $3.47 Amazon.com
College Ruled Reinforced Paper $3.47 Amazon.com
Graph Paper $3.49 Amazon.com
Graph Paper $3.49 Amazon.com

11) Notebooks

2 Subject Notebooks $15.10 Amazon.com
2 Subject Notebooks
$15.10 Amazon.com
One subject notebook $8 Poppin.com
One subject notebook $8 Poppin.com
Smaller Sized Notebooks $5.43 Amazon.com
Smaller Sized Notebooks
$5.43 Amazon.com

12) Binders

Case-it Z-binder $21.99 Amazon.com
Case-it Z-binder $21.99 Amazon.com
Binder $8 Poppin.com
Binder $8 Poppin.com
Binder $27.66 for a six pack Amazon.com
Binder $27.66 for a six pack Amazon.com

13) Dividers

Dividers
Dividers $4 Poppin.com
Dividers $2.99 Amazon.com
Dividers $2.99 Amazon.com

14) Index Cards and Post-It Notes

Index Cards $6 Amazon.com
Index Cards $6 Amazon.com
Index Cards $5 Poppin.com
Index Cards $5 Poppin.com
Index Card Box $7.99 Amazon.com
Index Card Box $7.99 Amazon.com
Post-it Notes $6.59 Amazon.com
Post-it Notes $6.59 Amazon.com

15) Measuring Instruments

Ruler $8 Poppin.com
Ruler $8 Poppin.com
Clear Ruler $8 Poppin.com
Clear Ruler
$8 Poppin.com
Compass $5.48 Poppin.com
Compass $5.48 Amazon.com
Protractor $7.72 Amazon.com
Protractor $7.72 Amazon.com

Stay Tuned for Part Four: Morning and Afternoon Routines!