My eldest daughter is going to pre-school and we’re all excited! After informally homeschooling her the past years, and going to Gymboree‘s Learning Lab classes on weekends, we decided that she is ready to go to a regular school. Mia will attend Parkwood Playschool (after researching and scouting for schools around our area) this coming June and we are eagerly preparing for it. When we enrolled a few months ago, the school’s admin person gave us a list of materials that we need to submit before school starts. Here what’s the list looked like:
So after our quick weekend trip to Liliw, we headed to our favorite mall, Power Plant in Rockwell and shopped for Mia’s school supplies. I got giddy upon entering National Bookstore, I can stay there for hours! There were a lot of variants and brands to choose from, and choosing even just a pencil sharpener took me a while. We ended up with 4 bags full of supplies and Michael had to literally drag me to the cashier to stop my shopping frenzy.
Last Monday, I labeled, unwrapped, wrapped with plastic laminate those that I can, and packed Mia’s things so we can bring it to school on our first-ever PTA.
Here are some of my favorite buys and those that I found very useful. Please excuse my ignorance and excitement on these little items – it’s been a while since I got to buy school items 🙂
Westcott scissors – This pair has a blunt tip that’s safe for pre-schoolers, it also features Mircoban that inhibits the growth of bacteria (that’s what the label says). Mia chose this pair among those that I’ve shown her, good choice on the cute design, Ate!
Polar bear Instant Adhesive Book Cover – This is a more convenient (but a bit pricier) alternative to the regular plastic cover. The inner side of the cover already has adhesive so you don’t need to use tape anymore. This is so much easier to use – there are lines at the back of the plastic to guide you while cutting the cover. This is also more convenient to use when you want to “laminate” other items like what I did to Mia’s crayons box. I covered it with this adhesive cover so the box won’t easily tear (especially the top enclosure that keeps the crayons in the box).
Another good buy is this Faber Castell pencil sharpener that can sharpen standard or jumbo-sized pencils and crayons. It can also sharpen the common circular and hexagon-shaped pencils or the triangular ones that are recommended for little hands.
We bought all of these from National Bookstore – our one-stop shop for school and office supplies. It is also worth mentioning that National gives shoppers the opportunity to donate school supplies to less fortunate students by purchasing their Project Aral kit for only 25 Pesos. The kit contains 2 notebooks, 2 pencils, an eraser and sharpener. We purchased some kits to reinforce the concept of charity and teach our little one how to share. I encourage you to purchase at least one every time you shop, your 25 pesos will go a long way.