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Everything Students Need for Back to School

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August 11, 2016 by
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Everything Students Need for Back to School

It’s that time of year again!  The new school year is almost upon us, and now is the time to stock up on all the school supplies that you or your kids will need come the first day of school (and you better get out there and shop soon, before all of the good stuff is gone!).  At Zebra Pen, we love the back to school rush almost as much as we love pens—and that’s a lot of love.  But really what’s not to love?!  Back to school time means new beginnings, cooler weather, and, of course, new school supplies! Here’s a list of supplies you’ll probably need.

Writing Implements

The pencil is a humble tool, except when it’s not. Every student in every grade needs one for test-taking, note-taking, math problems, sketching and drafting. Now more than ever, people are choosing mechanical pencils, because they are versatile, refillable, never need sharpening, and are fun to write with. Zebra offers a wide range of mechanical pencils, from the simple #2 needed for standardized tests, to the Z-Grip collection featuring fun patterns, to the DelGuard, the most advanced mechanical pencil for everyday use, with lead that is virtually unbreakable.


  • Pens
    A good pen is always appreciated, and there’s a world of pen options for every kind of student. Choose from ballpoint, gel, fountain and more. A range of point sizes, ink colors and barrel patterns provide both function and style, so you’re sure to find your new favorite pen from among the well designed, reliable and affordable pens offered by Zebra. Look for sturdy, well priced pens for younger students. Middle and high schoolers can find a pen that expresses their personality, and older students will appreciate mature options that are attractive and functional. Here are two popular choices: the sleek F-301 steel barrel pen, and the super smooth Z-Grip Plus.

  • Highlighters
    When it comes to test prep, highlighters are essential and improve study habits. But not all highlighters are alike. A versatile chisel tip like the one found on the no-smudge Steel H-301 lets you highlight blocks of text or underline precisely. Students also love the bold, versatile Zazzle Liquid Highlighter and the double-ended tip that doesn’t bleed through on the Zebrite Double-Ended Highlighter.


  • Colored Pencils
    Whether students are working hard on a drawing for their mom on Mother’s Day or color-coding their periodic table, they are going to need colored pencils. Our Cadoozles Starters Colored Mechanical Pencils are part of a whole new generation of colored pencils, wildly popular with kids of all ages. (Parents have been known to “borrow” Cadoozles Starters for their own projects. ) Share the love!
  • Erasers
    Even the most perfect students make minor mistakes! A handy Eraser makes every student’s life just a little bit easier, while they toil away on math problems or attempt to find an object’s velocity. Stock up on these little essentials.

Craft Supplies

  • Crayons
    Crayons are a must-have for younger students, and many teachers include them on back to school supply lists. Every student should have crayons – just to bring a little color to their school projects.
  • Markers
    The crafty cousins to crayons, markers are also an essential for the creative student and art class projects. And don’t worry about your kids getting marker all over their clothes or hands, most markers are washable and non-toxic.
  • Glue Sticks
    Another essential, the youngest learners will be sure to need glue sticks when working on class projects. They come in different sizes, and most are washable and non-toxic.
  • Safety Scissors
    An arts and crafts staple, safety scissors are exactly what they sound like, and safe for little hands. They are the perfect addition to any basket of supplies needed for young students as they head back to school this fall.






  • Ruler
    As a rule, students will need a ruler. For classwork, art, crafts and projects, rulers come in different sizes, materials and colors. As students move up grades in school, math and science classes often require implement rulers, too!

Travel Essentials

  • Backpack
    For many students, the best part about going back to school is all the new accessories they get to sport. New backpacks are a perennial favorite.  Nothing makes students happier than getting to stroll into school on the first day with a brand new backpack with a cool design or their favorite superhero.
  • Lunchbox
    The perfect accompaniment to a new backpack is a new lunchbox! Kids will love busting out their cool, new lunchboxes to show their friends during lunchtime.  Find the cutest sets of backpacks and lunchboxes at your local retailers.


  • Pencil Case/Crayon Keeper
    Help your student to keep all of their pens, pencils, markers, crayons, etc. all together with a nice pencil case. It will make their lives that much easier when they know they can always reach in their bags and know exactly where to get a writing instrument.

Organization Tools

  • Notebooks
    Every student is going to need notebooks to take notes and do their schoolwork. From college-ruled lines to spiral binding to having graph paper, all notebooks are different so find the right one for your child’s back to school needs.
  • Folders
    Folders are ideal for helping students keep all of their handouts and assignments organized. There are many different styles, colors, and materials to choose from when it comes to folders, so find the one that best suits your child’s needs.
  • Planner
    Help students stay organized and on top of all their homework assignments and test dates by equipping them with a planner. The most studious and meticulous students will thank you for it!
  • Post-Its
    For the ultra-organized student, post-its are vital. They can be used to jot down memos, take small notes, study, make reminders, and so on.  You can start your student off small with a simple stack and move on to larger piles of post-its down the road.


  • Book socks
    As students begin to enter middle school and high school, teachers may start to require that they cover their text books. Book socks are a great and inexpensive way to protect your child’s text books.
  • Calculator
    Calculators get bigger and fancier as students move from grade to grade. From the simplest calculator to a big graphing calculator, make sure your student has what they need to succeed in their math and science classes!


  • USB Flash Drive
    High school and college students alike will need a flash drive to ensure that all of their files are backed up and saved. They save time and are hassle-free!

22 Best Pens for Writing by Hand 2021

People’s Choice

Welcome to People’s Choice, where we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing reviews. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

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Finding a pen that truly suits your writing style can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Whether you’re a list-maker or a letter writer, the sheer amount of options — even when you narrow your search to just the 100 pens our editors tested — can be overwhelming. So to make things even easier, we’ve rounded up the best of the best — from fine point to bold point and ballpoint to gel — according to the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon. And if you’re looking for more stationery supplies, we have roundups of the best notebooks and planners and a guide to bullet journaling, too.

“In a world of fake news, where you can’t trust an Instagram model who says she really lost weight using the skinny tea, this pen stands out as a beacon of hope,” writes one reviewer of this pen, which really does what it says on the package. “It claims to be an ink pen, and it is! It claims to be erasable, and it is.” (We tested it and found that it erases “more cleanly and evenly than a pencil.”) Over 55,000 other five-star reviewers are just as impressed with this Pilot pen, and not just because you can erase its ink: “This pen is comfortable to hold, and it writes very smooth. It’s a lifesaver, a time saver, and my new favorite pen,” writes one self-proclaimed pen snob. And a college student who also uses this pen’s waste-saving refill feature likes that the pens “do not smudge and do not bleed through paper” and says they “would be miserable without them.” One reviewer notes, however, that the erasable quality of the ink is heat-activated, meaning there’s a chance that, “if put near high heat/sun/humidity, back pockets, etc., the ink will disappear.” They still give this pen five stars — claiming to be “flat-out addicted to these pens” — so it’s not a deal breaker, but it’s definitely important to keep in mind.

More than 80 percent of reviewers give this set of colored ballpoint pens five stars, and many can’t believe their value. “I was honestly shocked at the great quality of these pens,” writes one reviewer, who was fully prepared to throw them away in disappointment, but “was pleasantly surprised when I received these, they are terrific!” They add, “These pens are actually triangular, which very comfortably fits in your hand just perfect. I mean, these are no high end pens, but for everyday writing with cool colors, they hit the mark, greatly exceeded my expectations.” Others praise them for not smudging or skipping. “They’re easy to hold, write smoothly, don’t skip, and are just great pens to have around,” says one repeat buyer. Plus, “These pens write like butter,” raves another reviewer. The one issue you might run into with pens these good is keeping track of them. One reviewer writes “I just wish people in my office would quit stealing them.”

“When Sharpie launched this pen that doesn’t bleed I did cartwheels,” says one reviewer, and nearly of a quarter of reviewers were just as excited about these no-bleed pens. “They do not smear while writing like so many other pens do,” says another. One says this claim holds up “even when using it to write on dinky recycled paper that I got from the dollar store, it doesn’t bleed out onto the pages below.” One leftie even says that they “don’t have trouble with these smudging.” Others just like the way these write. “Sharpie Pen is my go-to writing instrument for beautiful, permanent, ‘write on virtually anything’ writing needs,” one says. “Every single day. The sturdy, fine tip and smooth tip edges provide a consistently smooth, ‘get out of the way’ delivery of clean, smudge-proof penmanship.”

This pen has a vocal fanbase on Amazon, many of whom are lefties who appreciate its fast-drying ink that “dries almost instantly” and doesn’t smudge when they write. As one lefty says, “Being left-handed, I have always had a problem of ink smearing and making a mess, not just on me but also on the card or letter that I was writing. I also have not been able to find a pen that doesn’t skip, one that writes smoothly and just feels good using it. This pen solved all of my problems! I love using it. It puts the fun back into writing!” Another raves, “Writes really smooth and dries quickly. A must have for left-handed people!”

About 45 percent of reviewers love the feeling of writing with a fountain pen. “This style of pen makes it easy to write neatly and quickly with a steady ink flow which does not require too much pressure,” one reports, adding, “This has a feel that is comparable to much more expensive pens.” This disposable fountain pen even made our list of the 100 best pens, and writer Karen Iorio Adelson called it “a gateway drug to the expensive world of fountain pen collecting because it’s so comfortable and downright fun to write with. ” Another says, “I love the easy, smooth flow of ink, and the ability to add an artistic touch to my handwriting.” What people like even more is that these are disposable. The same user continues, “With a typical fountain pen, I often have the following problems. (1) The ink cartridges are small and they run out of ink quickly. That means I have to take extra cartridges with me wherever I go. (2) The nibs get clogged with ink and I have to place the nib under running water to get the ink flowing again. What a mess! None of those are problems with the Pilot Varsity pens. Each pen has plenty of ink which lasts a long time. I’ve never had a nib get clogged up. They are maintenance free.”

More than 85 percent of the over 26,000 reviewers gave the InkJoy gel pen five stars, and we thought it was the best of all the gel pens we tested (and came in 23, out of 100 overall, in our ranking). One purchaser says they first tried these out on a co-worker’s recommendation, and they were “hooked within thirty seconds: First of all the ink dries quickly, so I didn’t smudge it, at all. Ever. Second, they write so smoothly. Third, the colors are vivid and bright and fourth, the pens feel nice in your hands! I have to hide these pens from everyone else because they are always trying to run off with them.” Purchasers tend to love the bright colors, the rubber grip, and the smooth quick-dry ink. “These pens have me finding excuses to write,” says one reviewer. “I generally hate gel pens because I smear them so quickly when I write, but these are amazing.”

More than 200 five-star reviewers who bullet journal love this set of multicolor iBayam pens. “These exceeded my expectations,” writes one such reviewer who was looking for fine-tip pens with minimal bleed and likes that the pens also “write fluidly” and the colors are “bright and unique. ” Another reviewer who purchased the set to help their daughter start bullet journaling reports that the pens don’t bleed through paper and have minimal ghosting and no smudging. And a third reviewer praises the pens’ “vibrant” colors and how thinly and precisely they write, which makes it “so much easier to design my bullet journal.”

Over 200 reviewers mention using this Stabilo pen set for adult coloring books. “I purchased these because my wife was frustrated that colored pencils did not have a fine enough tip for her adult coloring books,” one reviewer writes, explaining, “Most of the new adult coloring books have very small detailed patterns and these fine tip pens are perfect for that. Plus, so far the ink seems to be lasting nicely, and the color on paper is bright and rich. We have since bought several more packs of these for gifts.” Another happy purchaser says they’re great general use pens and work well for all sorts of craft projects: “These pens are way nice than I expected. I purchased them as liner pens for some of my watercolor paintings and discovered that they’re actually water soluble/blendable on watercolor paper. I use them LOTS for scrapbooking, adult coloring books, watercolors. The colors really pop and they write very smoothly on most surfaces.”

“I just finished addressing 175 envelopes with one pen and would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to try brush calligraphy,” raves one reviewer, and many others agree that this two-pack of Tombow brush pens is an excellent choice for calligraphers. One purchaser even goes as far as saying, “There honestly isn’t any competition when it comes to brush pens. These two Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens are all you need for calligraphy and illustration.” Many amateur and experienced calligraphers chime in to say that this set is often recommended by calligraphy experts and calligraphy-focused websites. “These are GREAT brush pens if you are a calligrapher or hand letterer. They are very popular in the lettering community and they are some of my favorite pens to use! I love that it comes in a dual pack. The hard tip is great for beginners and the soft tip has a bit more flex to it and mimics more of a brush pen.” One reviewer says this makes for a great starter set, and even offers a helpful suggestion for new calligraphers: “Highly recommend them to anyone wanting to try a brush pen. Just remember: light strokes going up and heavy going down.”

This BIC 4-in-1 pen gets a lot of appreciation from purchasers who rely on color-coding for work and organization. As one reviewer writes, “Twenty years ago, my mother used these to highlight interesting things in our print copy of TV Guide. Today, I use them to code documents that require certain things be written in certain colors.” Another adds: “I love these pens especially for nursing work as I can color code labs/notes/to-do’s etc. There is a lot of information I put on a piece of paper and these pens do a great job helping me get everything done.” This one almost broke into the top ten in our list of the best pens, making a strong showing at No. 12. Editor Katy Schneider raved, “I love to use this for checklists — you can make the list with blue or black ink, then put little stars next to the urgent items in red ink. Do I sound crazy?”

“I don’t even know myself anymore. Except that I love these things. Heck I never knew I could have that kind of a relationship with a pen,” one reviewer writers. Another customer says they’re so in love with their pen that they even followed a classmate home who didn’t return their beloved Uni-Ball. It’s this pen’s fine tip that caused this reviewer to act so irrationally. Another reviewer who writes in “a thin loopy style” says, “That’s why I really enjoy the very fine tip of these pens; everything just looks so much neater.” Others love the pen’s “no-skip” smooth glide. One reports, “It writes like an angel gliding across a picturesque frozen lake on the most expensive ice skates.” Dozens also give these pens top marks for being long lasting. “You won’t find yourself scratching circles in scrap-paper trying to get the ink restarted… These things are ready to go when you are, until the last drop is gone.”

“For those who prefer their points extra fine, this is the pen for you. Writing with it is like writing with a needlepoint,” said our writer Lauren Ro after testing this for our best-pens list — and nearly 500 five-star reviewers have similar praise. One reviewer in search of a finer, higher-quality pen writes, “I have found it! These pens are incredible! The point is superfine, and the ink comes out smoothly and perfectly. I don’t think I will write with anything else ever again.” Plenty of reviewers with small handwriting also appreciate this Pilot, including one who finds even 0.5mm pens too bold. These, however, are “incredibly smooth and really, really fine. No glops, skips, or anything when writing. Just smooth, thin lines.” And another who says their “note taking is next level” thanks to how neatly this pen can write adds that they’ve “given away several to random people who like a good pen, and everyone was a convert.

Nearly 3,000 reviewers give this pen five stars, and many say it’s the tip that makes it so nice. “I like the extra fine version because it’s easier to write small with them which lends to writing much more quickly for me,” one explains. That extra-fine tip is also great for artists: “I even used them to create 24 illustrations for my book Mortuary Arts,” writes one reviewer, adding, “These work as well for art as they do for writing, such a great flowing experience.” Even writers find it good for doodling, including Strategist writer Dominique Pariso, who said, “If you want to feel like a disaffected art student during your morning meeting, this one’s for you.” And though one reviewer points out they are a little pricey for a disposable pen, they are long-lasting, even with heavy use: “A single pen lasts for weeks, sometimes even months, at a time.

The Paper Mate Flair has a lot of friends in high places. Writer Lesley Arfin, Saucony creative director Chris Mahoney, and New York’s own Jerry Saltz all told us they’re fans. We ranked them at No. 58 in our list of the best pens, and it’s a big hit with Amazon reviewers, too. As one purchaser puts it, “Who doesn’t love a rainbow of felt tip pens?” Many contrast the Paper Mate Flairs with Sharpies and say they prefer the Flairs because there’s less bleed-through and odor. “I love felt tip markers/pens, and am a big fan of using Sharpies for EVERYTHING. However, those tend to bleed through,” one writes, continuing, “Luckily, these fantastic markers have the great felt tip writing feel without the smell or bleed; they’re PERFECT for my new planner. ” Another writes, “I really had zero purpose for felt tip pens except when it came to needing to draw on top of full color designs that had been printed off. And my new job just suddenly had me needing to do this constantly. Regular pens don’t show up well and Sharpies bleed through horribly. These are the perfect alternative and the color assortment made them even better.”

“I don’t care if this product goes through the roof on pricing, I will never, ever, not once not ever, EVER, buy any other pen if it’s not a PILOT G2 Premium Refillable & Retractable Rolling Ball Gel Pens, Bold Point, Blue Ink, 12 Count (31257),” says one reviewer. And lots of other satisfied reviewers appreciate how boldly this pen writes. “The thicker ball point creates a much broader stroke (as expected), but also makes it easier to write on hard surfaces,” one says. Others just like the way it looks: “What I love about them is that they make a real ‘mark’ on the page. A bold one. One need not squint to see what’s there or what’s said, they can simply look with their normal eyes.” It’s also a smooth writing experience according to many. “The pen glides across the paper with less resistance, and the ink seems to dry more quickly,” one says, while another reviewer writes, “the soft grip and the smoothness of the ink on paper brought a tear to my eye.” If there is any drawback to these pens, “It writes so boldly, it may take an extra second or two before the ink dries,” but many are perfectly fine with that. Besides, according to one reviewer, “I have never experienced any of these Pilot G2s drying out.”

Reviewers who prefer a bold ballpoint pen praise this BIC one highly. “I have used this pen all the way up to multi-hundred dollar Mont Blanc pens and I prefer this one over those any day,” writes one reviewer with a pretty powerful testament for these plastic pens. It’s a nice option if you like “Thick, solid lines,” according to another reviewer. That’s because “these pens have 1.6 mm and are the boldest — thicker line of any pens I have bought.” And even with that extra girth, about a third of reviewers also describe the pen as smooth. “You don’t have any trouble getting ink onto the paper,” one reviewer reports. “It just kind of slides onto the page effortlessly.” Not only does the bold point make it easier to write, but “I think I write prettier with it,” according to one reviewer. Another reviewer even says their handwriting looked bubblier and rounder with this pen, while another thinks they’re so nice to use, they wrote their wedding thank-you cards with it. “Even paying bills by check is better.”

This set of gel pens is popular with reviewers looking for a smooth-writing gel pen in assorted color options. One teacher says, “These are my go-to teacher pens. I use them for grading papers, writing notes, and pretty much everything I do in the classroom on a daily basis. I love these pens and I’m so grateful they come in so many great colors.” Another reviewer writes that they’re great for note-taking or for organizing categories in a planner: “I LOVE these pens so much. They write very smoothly and do not smear. I like to use them for note-taking (and document-filling, with the more ‘professional’ colors) at work and school.” They add, “Love, love, love, and I’ll be using all of these until the very last drop of ink — then I’ll buy more!”

Over 100 five-star reviewers praise the Fischer Bullet Space Pen’s “compact” build. One purchaser says, “I was amazed by how small this pen is when it’s closed. I mean, it’s quite literally something you can stuff in your pocket and for that it’s there.” And while many mention buying this because they wanted a small “pocket-sized” pen, they also appreciate that they can attach the cap to the opposite end, “extending the length of the pen to make it comfortable [to hold] while signing a document.” One particular review seems to sum up what so many appreciate about this pen: “The real reason to this pen is durability and portability. If you just want a pen for your office, get a box of Precise V5’s. If you want a pen to carry around, get this.”

“It truly is a quality writing instrument,” says one reviewer, who thinks very highly of this pen. “The ink flow is smooth it is comfortable to hold and feels well balanced in the hand. The unique design and operating function make this a one of a kind.” The design is something several reviewers call out as a main selling point. “Whoever engineered this thing should have won some kind of prize,” writes one reviewer. “I can’t stop opening and closing this thing. It does so with such a satisfying ‘plunk.’ Takes two hands to open, one to close.” Others love the spring-loaded pocket clip, because, as one reviewer explains, “The end of the clip has a little roller wheel so it won’t wear down your clothes as you clip and unclip it multiple times per day.” And one reviewer concludes, “It writes smooth as silk with great action (friction of tip against paper) and provides an even deployment of ink on all paper surfaces I’ve tried it on, a true pleasure to write with.”

“The fact that this wonderful writing instrument is a standard-issue Astronaut pen is just a really cool bonus,” says one satisfied reviewer. Another appreciates that, “When you hold it you feel a connection to project Apollo and even the now-ended STS.” And while many are fans of real astronauts some just remember this pen from Seinfeld: “We are extreme Seinfeld fans and I got this for my husband from the episode about the Astronaut Pen. He knew immediately, of course, and it’s a great novelty item. Plus it’s a great PEN.” But really, this pen is more than just a novelty. The ink in this all-metal, ballpoint pen “flows well, drys quickly and writes cleanly,” according to one reviewer.

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20 Cute Pens and Pencils for College

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Ready for school? We know we are! That’s why we’re sharing the best college school supplies, so you can prepare all your stationery and dorm room necessities before September rolls around again.

Though we’re still hanging on to the remaining weeks of summer, we couldn’t help getting excited over this selection of 20 cute pens and pencils.

If you’re in need of some stylish new writing utensils, you’ve come to the right place. Browse our picks, shop your favorites, and strut into class like nobody’s business!

1. Oh, Hello Friend Cat Head Pens

Oh, Hello Friend

Seriously, how cute are these?! The tiny cats sitting atop your pen caps will keep you company through any writing assignment.

2. Mochi Things Dual Deco Pen Set

Mochi Things

We love the colors in this set (Carmine Red, Peach Pink, Canary Yellow, Emerald Green and Ocean Blue), plus the differently sized nibs are perfect for highlighting and taking notes.

3. Rad and Hungry Vintage Reynolds Fountain Pen — Miami

Rad and Hungry

Jazz things up with an ’80s style fountain pen made in France and sourced from Italy. The retro colors will make you the envy of your writing class.

4. MUJI Gel-Ink 0.5 mm Ballpoint Pen (12-set)


MUJI’s timeless aesthetic definitely translates to these pretty gel pens, available in 12 colors.

5. Gelly Roll Stardust Glitter Pen


How could we not include these beauties from the Gelly Roll line? The glitter ink is stunning in person, not to mention the design of the pens themselves is ultra-cute.

6. Ohto Needle Point Knock Ballpoint Pen


The bold yellow color, hexagonal body, metallic blue accents? We’re in love, and we think you will be, too. Not so into yellow? No worries: it also comes in teal!

7. JetPens Pilot Petball Ballpoint Pen


Lime green is having a moment right now, so this crystalline pen also doubles as a chic accessory. Bonus: It’s made from recycled plastic bottles, so it’s an eco-conscious choice too.

8. JetPens Zebra Sarasa Push Clip Gel Pen


Pastels are a classic option; these pens will not only write well but also brighten your mood.

9. JetPens Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto 5 Color Multi Pen Body Component


Remember those pens with a hundred different colors, each of which you could summon with a click? Ye olde days are back and better than ever with this pearly rose gold pen. Don’t forget to stock up on the refillable inks!

10. Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner Pens, 0.4 mm


Harness the power of the rainbow with these ink fineliners.

11. Write On Mechanical Pencil Set – Encouragement

These cute sayings have got us more motivated than ever! And we absolutely love the color combo here.

12. Tokyo Pen Shop Penco Prime Timber 2.0 mm

Tokyo Pen Shop

Call us Hannah Montana, cuz this is the best of both worlds. Mechanical meets traditional pencil, giving us that classic wooden feel with the ease of refillable lead.

13. Tokyo Pen Shop DelGuard ER

Tokyo Pen Shop

Living your best life? Make it even better by getting yourself a perfect pink (or periwinkle) pencil.

14. CW Pencils Sparkle Pencil Set

CW Pencils

If you’re in the New York area, stop by CW Pencils to live out your fancy pencil dreams. This sparkly triangular pencil set by Faber-Castell will be sure to set you apart.


CW Pencils Tip-Top Pastel Pencil

CW Pencils

A very innovative idea: the cap’s got a functional clip AND a hidden sharpener, while the eraser at the front is also a point-protector. Reuse the cap when the pencil’s all gone.

16. CW Pencils Global School Pencils Sampler Set

CW Pencils

This concept is so cool! Pencils from around the world (Denmark, India, US, Pakistan, Germany, Japan, Switzerland) can be found in this set.

17. Poketo Palomino Blackwing Pencils Set of 12


These unique Japanese-manufactured pencils feature a flattened eraser tip for easier replacement.

18. Rifle Paper Co. Everyday Assorted Pencils

Rifle Paper Co.

Chic floral patterns will have you summer dreaming.

19. Kikki.K Mechanical Pencil: Natural 


Another mechanical-traditional pencil hybrid that we love to bits. The natural wood will pair well with fall colors.

20. ForestChoice #2 Graphite Pencils (12 Pack)

Go greener with these Forest Stewardship Council-certified incense-cedar pencils.

What do you think?

Excited about returning to campus? Let us know what you think about our picks, and if you shopped this list — we love helping out! And if you’ve got any other recommendations, comment down below (we’re always on the hunt for more cute stationery)!

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Pencils & Paper serves the educational and creative needs of children in the Greater Rochester Area by providing free school supplies to teachers at high poverty schools.         

Serving Need in Our Community 

Over 50% of Rochester’s children live in poverty. Rochester’s child poverty rate is the second-highest among U.S. cities with a population of 200,000 or more.

It is hard to imagine a child who does not have a pencil and paper to complete basic daily lessons, and yet every day in public, private, charter and parochial schools in our community, children of all ages attend class without the most basic supplies needed to be successful in school. Moreover, dedicated teachers often spend between $500 and $1,200 of their own money each school year to insure that the students in their classrooms have the tools they need to learn. 

Pencils & Paper helps meet a critical need in our community by providing teachers at high poverty schools the opportunity to shop for supplies for students at no cost.

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Schools in Monroe County in which 70% or more of students are eligible for free and reduced meals are invited to participate in the program on a school by school basis. Teachers from enrolled schools are then invited to shop for free school supplies once per semester. As Pencils & Paper’s capacity grows, additional schools will be enrolled for shopping privileges.

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Which One is Better for Writing Workshop? – TWO WRITING TEACHERS

In my line of work as a staff developer, I often get the question, “Which do you think is better? Pens or pencils?”

I have to start by saying that I don’t think that pens versus pencils is a make-it-or-break-it issue. If you feel strongly one way or the other—go for it. It’s probably not the pen or the pencil that will turn this year’s group of students into lovers of writing, creators of poems, stories, reviews, essays, and information books. Rather, it’s you, their teacher who makes the difference!

But, choosing your tools for writing wisely is indeed helpful. Imagine a world where kids do not spend their time erasing, but instead simply draw a line through it and just keep going. Imagine never having to sharpen pencils. Imagine your kids writing twice as much as usual—simply because they have a new pen to write with.

Here are a few issues to consider.


During writing workshop, do you really want kids to be erasing much? Or even at all?  How will you assess all of the work your students have done if they erase half of it? How much time are they spending erasing?  In general, the less experienced the writer, the longer it takes them to erase, even something small. Not only that, but once those letters and words are erased, you’ll never know what changes the child made. You’ll also never know if she was spending all her time writing and then erasing the same words over and over. We’ve all encountered kids who will draw and then erase, and then re-draw the same little stick man over and over again for the entire writing workshop. It’s disheartening to think how much more writing, how much more practice these writers would get if they weren’t spending all their time erasing. With a pen, erasing is not an option. While some kids will balk at first, demanding they get their pencil and eraser back, after a few days, the pen becomes the new normal, and erasing during writing workshop is a thing of the past.


Let’s face it. Keeping pencils sharp is darn near impossible. Yes, there are systems that, in theory, could work. For example, many teachers tell me they keep a can of sharpened pencils at the writing center (or sometimes at each table) so that kids will never be without a sharpened pencil. However, in over a decade of visiting schools all around the country I have met only one teacher who can successfully keep the can of sharpened pencils sharpened, all day, every day (and she is super-human). For the rest of us, halfway through the day there is a shortage of sharp pencils and kids are back to sharpening during work time. And if you are one of those super-human teachers who keeps the pencil can full, well, just imagine all the other things that could be done with the time spent keeping the pencil can sharpened. Sharpening, as we all know, takes time and it’s noisy. Trust me, once you’ve lived in a sharpener-free classroom, you’ll never want to go back!


Kids love pens. I’ve seen the volume of writing in classrooms double or even triple simply by switching from pencils to pens. And then I’ve seen a bump in the volume again mid-year just by switching the color of the pens. New writing tools are interesting and engaging to kids. Who doesn’t love a new notebook, fresh paper, or a new pen? Some teachers even do a little “graduation” from pencils to pens. They have kids sit in a circle, holding their old beat up pencils, and then one by one the teacher goes around the circle, humming “Pomp and Circumstance” as kids plunk their junky old pencils in a can in exchange for a nice new ball point or flair pen.

To summarize:

Pens Pencils
Never have to be sharpened. Have to be sharpened all the time.
Last a long time. Get used up after a few weeks at most.
Are always the same length, size, and color. Consistent and reliable. Get shorter and shorter with use. Can be broken easily. Unreliable.
Cannot be erased, allowing you to see all the work a student did that day. Have the potential to allow kids to spend too much time erasing.
Make a nice, dark, easy to read mark on the page. Can be difficult to read—too light, and often smudgy.
Easy to photocopy. Impossible to photocopy easily.
Fun and engaging for kids. Feels “grown up.” Could be fun and engaging, too, I guess. (Yes, that is sarcasm you detect. However some kids really do prefer a pencil.)

Choosing a Pen

So, what kind of pens work best? Any kind, really. Simple blue or black ball-point pens can be found in office supply and school supply catalogs—they’re cheap and if you buy a case of them they last all year. Try out a few samples before you order in bulk, though. Certain companies, which will remain nameless, are somewhat notorious for pens that fall apart easily—you don’t want those. If you have a bigger budget, you might consider flair pens instead of ball-point. These are my favorites because they leave a nice, beautiful dark mark on the page. They are like a felt tip marker, but with a harder point so little hands can press hard or hold lightly and still make a nice easy-to-read mark.


You probably do not want to choose pens that click (for the obvious reasons—the sound is so annoying!), and you probably do not want to choose a color that is difficult to read, like pink or orange. You may want to choose something that is the same for the whole class, so that your kids won’t be tempted to squabble over who gets which color. Divide up the pens in cups for each table of kids to share, and you’re ready to go. I prefer having a group of kids share a supply of pens, rather than each individual student having his or her own. This way all I have to do is keep 5-6 cups of pens replenished, rather than attempting to have my 20-something (or sometimes 30-something) students keep track of their individual pens.

Last But Not Least

It’s worth mentioning that very young writers might benefit from using color when they draw. Thin colored markers allow them to draw with detail, while thicker markers or crayons provide other advantages. If you teach emergent writers (who mostly draw during writing workshop) then you might want to stick with something in color while they are in the scribbling stage, until they can draw representationally. Sometimes the only thing that helps kids remember what they drew is the color (as in, the blue reminds them that it was a story about swimming in the water, the red reminds them of the pool toy they were playing with). However, once children are drawing representationally and no longer rely on the color to decipher the meaning of their pictures, you will probably find that they produce much more writing when they are not coloring everything in anymore. Many teachers put away the colored markers and crayons once kids are drawing representationally, and save the color for publishing at the end of a unit of study.

Another thing to consider is that older, more experienced writers are likely to be more fluent writers in general, and may not have any problems with erasing a quick letter or word here and there. If kids are using pencils, you might simply teach them not to spend too much time erasing—just draw a line through it if it’s more than a word or two. If erasing is an issue, some teachers snip the erasers off and provide separate erasers at the times of the day when kids might need them (math, for example). Some teachers use pens during writing workshop, but pencils at other parts of the day.

Ultimately, the decision is yours. To wrap things up, for fun, I hope you’ll participate in this quick little poll!

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Handwriting more important than typing on a keyboard for literacy

Handwriting is more important than typing on a keyboard for kids’ literacy development in the first years of school, according to a handwriting expert.

Murdoch University’s Dr Anabela Malpique urged parents to help their children move away from using phones and other devices to pencils and paper to boost memory, hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills*.

“Research is telling us in the primary years that kids need to have more time allocated* to developing handwriting skills than typing,” she said.

“Especially in the first three years of schooling to develop their hand and eye co-ordination.

“Kids actually write better texts when they write by hand than by typing.

“Parents need to support that with the guidance of the teacher … this is an international problem, not just in Australia.

NSW Primary Principals’ Association president Robyn Evans urged parents to bolster* their child’s fine motor skills before they enter school through painting, picking up items with tongs and cutting with scissors.

“Hand-eye co-ordination, fine and gross motor skills are focused on through developmental play in the early years of school,” she said.

Australian schools now have the option to type the writing response in the NAPLAN test while most Year 12 students must still write with a pen and paper in their final exams.

Handwriting coach Ella Losi said she helped school-aged children improve their writing but a significant portion of her clients were university students whose writing in exams had been deemed* unreadable.

“Speed is important and so is legibility* and they seem unable to do that … they have been penalised because it is illegible*,” she said.

“I don’t think a lot of time is spent on handwriting and as a consequence of that they mix printing and cursive. And with cursive they really struggle because it is illegible.”

A NSW Education Standards Authority spokeswoman said students learnt handwriting from kindergarten to Year 2.

“By Year 4 they are required to write fluently* and consistently in cursive writing when composing sentences and texts,” she said.

A NSW Department of Education spokeswoman said digital technologies, including keyboards, were used from Kindergarten to Year 10.

“Teachers make decisions about how digital technologies are introduced and used in classrooms,” she said.

Mum Jvala Nolan, whose five-year-old twins Lorcan and Ruaidhri start kindergarten this week at St Cecelia’s Catholic Primary School in Balgowlah, NSW said she does not allow them to use tablets so they develop their fine motor skills.

“We have an easel, felt tipped pens and they don’t really have tablets,” she said.

“They can write their name, they can write a few words already.”

Kellyville mum of three Heinna Vea makes sure her two eldest children Siaila, 7, and Soatame, 4, practise their handwriting regularly.

Ms Vea said the skill was “very important” and she “prioritised*” it for her children.

“My daughter will usually do a page or two of handwriting at home if it needs work, and we do lots of handwriting practice with my son so he’s ready for school next year,” Ms Vea said.

“When I grew up, my handwriting had to be perfect, so it’s something I’m trying to instil* in them. I know there’s a lot of typing in school now, but handwriting has more structure and it teaches them co-ordination.”


  • fine motor skills: co-ordination of small muscles (such as in the hands) with the eyes
  • allocated: to set aside for a particular purpose
  • bolster: boost
  • deemed: judged to be
  • legibility: how easy it is to understand writing
  • illegible: writing unable to be understood
  • fluently: easily and to a high standard
  • prioritised: treated as being important
  • instil: establish in a person’s mind (the importance of something)


Message in a bottle found after 50 years

Why drawing is a monster cure for boredom

Weird ways tech could be changing our skeletons

Young people need to turn down the music


  1. What is the main point of this story?
  2. What are the journalist’s names who wrote this story?
  3. What is Dr Anabela Malpique an expert in?
  4. Name some tasks for little kids that help fine motor skills.
  5. How old are Heinna Vea’s children?


1. Paper Doll Kirigami
Even older children need to work on their fine motor skills that may also help with handwriting. Follow the procedure below to make circular paper dolls, which is good practice for using your fine motor skills.

Cut out a large circle from a sheet of paper.

Fold the circle in half three times (in half, into quarters, and then into eighths). You will get a pie-piece shape.

Draw out two half-figures as shown (use the template above to help). It is easier to have the heads pointing in towards the centre of the circle and the feet pointing out towards the perimeter.

Cut around the edges of the figure (but not on the folds; leave these bits uncut) and unfold. You will find 8 figures holding hands to form a complete circle.

Time: allow 25 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: Visual Arts

2. Extension
Write a letter to an older relative or friend using your very best cursive handwriting. Tell them about the Kids News article you’ve just read and how you think your handwriting compares. Ask them how handwriting was taught when they were young and if they could write back so you can compare their handwriting with your own.

Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English

Aside from this, there is also this!
Brackets are a great literacy tool for adding aside comments, or comments that could be covered over and the sentence still makes sense. What’s inside the brackets is extra information.

They can be used for a variety of effects: to add more detail, to add humour, to connect with the reader etc.

My little brother, (the funniest kid I know) got himself into big trouble today.

Select 3 sentences from the article to add an aside comment to using brackets. Think about not only what you want to add to the sentence, but also what effect you are trying to create.

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6 Incredible Pencil Cases for College Students

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There’s no symbol that personifies learning and school quite like the humble pencil. It’s a staple of back to school shopping lists everywhere. Even with laptops being so popular with note-taking, it’s always ideal to carry around some pens and pencils with you to class. And if you want to keep things organized, you’re going to need a pencil case. Here are 6 handy (and unique) pencil cases to keep all your school supplies at the ready. 

It’s cute enough to be a purse, but practical enough to hold your entire school life. The EASTHILL pencil case has several smaller inside pockets and larger outside pockets to help you keep it all together. There’s plenty of place for pens, pencils, erasers, scissors, highlighters, and more. Heck, you could fit a whole stapler in there.

The material is made of a sturdy cotton and canvas, meaning it’ll hold up in your backpack through all bumps and shakes. It comes in three colors / patterns: light blue, white plaid, and purple. It holds up to 50 pencils, so you’ll have the room to carry extras for fellow students who forget their own. Be prepared with this big case.

This lovely little rectangular bag can help keep all your supplies handy and safe with its deep dimensions and zippered compartment. The center flap keeps your favorite pens and pencils handy so you never have to dig around to find them. The mesh pocket is convenient for slipping in erasers, small notes, and cards.

The Homecube Pencil Pouch comes in five great colors—black, blue, coffee, green, and pink. The double-zipper keeps everything safe and secure. Its slim design will save space in your backpack, while still storing a significant amount of supplies. 

Time to bring a little bit of fun into the mix. Who doesn’t love googly-eyes? The ZIPIT Monster Pencil case is basically one big zippered compartment—the more you unzip, the bigger it gets. There are thirteen color, style, and size options to pick from—each with its own unique expression. 

Get a bunch of ink or pencil marks on it? Don’t worry, it’s machine-washable on gentle cycle. Made of strong polyester fabric, it’ll last you a long, long time. No one will steal your pencils with this guy around.

For a more professional look, consider this option from ProCase. This two-pack pencil bag is refined and understated, but can store up to fifty pencils or pens. You can even use it for a small calculator, pair of scissors, or other supplies you may need. It’s a high-quality option to keep your supplies safe.

It is available in four nice colors—black, grey, navy, and pink—and is constructed to withstand travel. It’s lightweight, yet incredibly durable, so you don’t have to worry about tears or holes. The two-pack means you can keep one in the dorm and one in your backpack or purse.

Cat lovers, this one’s for you. This cute little kitten wants to make sure all your pens and pencils are in one convenient location. Fill this kitty with your school supplies for when you need to go to class or the library. Then fold down from the lower part of his face so you have a convenient pencil cup.

The iSuperb Standing Telescopic Cat Pencil Holder is available in four cute kitten styles. Its a lightweight, but high-capacity design, that brings a little levity to studying. It even has inner pockets so you can keep your things organized further. 

These pencil bags have been designed with English majors in mind. Go ahead and look for one that features your favorite author or book. They’ve got over a dozen options—from the Great Gatsby to Where the Wild Things Are

When you’ve found your favorite, fill it with pens, pencils, bookmarks and highlighters for all your studying needs. You might have a hard time choosing just one, but that’s ok. With all the great designs available, this one makes a great splurge or gift item!

Just because you’re in college, doesn’t mean you have to use a boring pencil case. Get one of these fun pencil cases for yourself today.

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90,000 Is it true that first graders need exactly three-edged pens and pencils?

Answering the reader’s question, what is the meaning of triangular pencils and pens

“The son goes to first grade. I would like everything to be good for him, so that he can easily integrate into the educational process. Perhaps I’m over-winding myself. But I still remember how the teacher scolded me for my sloppy handwriting – “you write like a chicken with a paw.”I don’t want this for my child.

A friend said that at their school first-graders draw and write with triangular pencils and pens. It somehow has a good effect on the handwriting. Another friend said it was all nonsense. She has a son from the first grade writes “bikom”. And it’s okay. The teacher at the meeting talked a lot about notebooks, but not a word about pencils and pens.

I would like to know if it makes sense to buy triangular pencils and pens for a first grader.


Thanks for the question. Let’s figure it out.

To begin with, there are many teaching methods now. In some schools, first graders need gel pens, in others – capillary or triangular. Or teachers do not attach much importance to the features of the pen. If in doubt, check with your class teacher.

Why do first graders need triangular pens and pencils

Overall, your friend answered correctly.Drawing and writing with triangular pencils and pens contributes to good handwriting. Children train the correct grip:

1. Fingers are placed at a distance of 2-3 centimeters from the writing tip.
2. The handle is held between the thumb and forefinger. The middle supports the bottom.

It is easier for a child to develop the right habit by using a pen or pencil that has only three edges. Just under the three fingers involved.This is convenient: the letters come out more neat, and the fingers are less tired of writing.

However, there are children who find it more convenient to hold the pen with four fingers or even in a fist. And at the same time they write beautifully, without dirt. Such an individual feature. Perhaps it is not worth retraining them for the correct capture.

What to look for when choosing a pen for a first grader

The most important thing is the soft grip zone with a silicone or rubber pad. This pen does not slip, does not fall out while writing.This means that the child does not need to constantly strain his fingers – the hand gets tired less.

It is important that the paste dries quickly and does not smudge. And the writing was smooth. Because children are just learning to accurately print letters.

It is better to give preference to pens with a rich blue paste color. The worst case is light blue. It is hard to see in notebooks in an oblique line and a cell.

Inexpensive pens suitable for these descriptions are produced by the Japanese company Pilot (probably the most famous on the Internet according to the reviews of teachers and parents of students).And of course – BIC and Erich Krause.

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Pen Holder is deservedly considered one of the most essential office attributes. After all, it is thanks to her that order reigns on the desktop, all stationery is located exactly …

A pen holder is deservedly considered one of the most necessary office attributes. After all, it is thanks to her that order reigns on the desktop, all stationery is located in a precisely defined place. This means that the stand for pens and pencils is a significant contribution to the competent organization of work.

You can buy a pen holder that will perfectly match your needs in our online store.We offer really high quality pencil and pens holders, for the manufacture of which only environmentally friendly materials are used. Therefore, you can be sure that they do not emit the slightest harmful substances during operation.

We have presented a variety of models that are created on the basis of durable plastic or metal. Such a stand for small things will serve for a really long time, because it is made of materials that have passed a rigorous test for durability.

You can buy a stand for pens in the Pointer online store in any color. In our catalog you can find models designed in both classic and modern style. Most often, the classic stand for office supplies is made in restrained colors – black, gray or white. If there is a desire to bring brightness to the design of the workplace, then a stand for pens in a blue or other bright shade will be of invaluable help.

A stand for small change will allow you to conveniently place not only pencils and pens, but also rulers, erasers and other stationery (depending on the model).The exception is the glass holder for pens and pencils, which is intended exclusively for this category of stationery.

Our online store offers quality coasters for small change that will make your work easier!

What were the school supplies in the Soviet Union

Pencils “Politsvet”, metal rulers and protractors, wooden pencil cases and the famous pencils “Kohinor” – let’s remember together what Soviet schoolchildren used in drawing lessons, geometry and other subjects.

Go to any stationery store – what is not there! But remember how things were with school supplies in Soviet times? How did our parents write and draw, or what did we do? Today we will take a nostalgic journey through the world of school supplies that every child in the USSR had.

Automatic pencils with replaceable leads, but not thin as now, quite ordinary. Some schoolchildren even obtained leads for them from ordinary pencils split in half.

A cheap plastic case for pens or pencils that opened with a ringing “chpok” sound.

And this wooden pencil case also held an eraser with a small ruler.

Although with the help of a thin plastic cover (which was also used to glue the desks), it was possible to draw straight lines if the ruler was not at hand.

The automatic pen is a luxury that not every school student had. A special short rod with small “ears” was made for it, which, if it was necessary to insert it into an ordinary handle, was lengthened with a match.

Usually simpler non-automatic handles were used, which, moreover, could be gnawed.

The use of ink ceased back in the 70s, but the use of ink and ink for drawing posters and for other artistic purposes continued for much longer. Not everyone had special filling pens that wrote in ink.

The erasers were of poor quality and could leave messy spots or even holes on the paper. To make the gum soft, the heroine of the movie “The Most Charming and Attractive” advised to soak it in kerosene.

The legendary Czech-made Kohinoor pencils were valued much more than domestic ones, as, in fact, all the products of this manufacturer, such as erasers, which are also mentioned in The Most Charming and Attractive.

Another version of the school “container” for stationery is a multifunctional pencil case-bandolier made of oilcloth, which has aged and cracked over time.

Mandatory supplies for geometry lessons, as well as boys’ wars at recess.

The biggest puzzle for schoolchildren is the “adult” slide rule. How this Soviet “computer” functions, the average seventh grader could only guess.

Colored plastic clips were valued much more than ordinary metal ones, although they were inferior to them in functionality. Buttons and paper clips were also used as ammunition in school showdowns.

The tactical ruler was very popular among Soviet schoolchildren, who were happy to draw all sorts of figures with it, emphasized the subject and predicate, and drew curly brackets in mathematics lessons.And it also made an excellent “smoke” – small pieces of the ruler smoldered for a long time, giving out a huge amount of white pungent smoke.

A set for drawing lessons – a plywood box-stand, where a sheet of paper was attached with special buttons, an assortment of rulers and pencils with different degrees of hardness.

Two variants of counting “machines” – old-school wooden abacus and “Electronics MK-33”. It was very prestigious to have such a calculator.

Wide assortment of rulers. At the top are templates for drawing complex geometric shapes that few people used.

These scissors with a green handle were probably in every home.

A stencil is a schoolboy’s dream in the 1980s.

It was used to draw wall newspapers, advertisements and much more.

Soviet waste paper “flash drive” – ​​office folder, which migrated to school from Soviet offices. Smaller folders were used exclusively for diaries and notebooks.

Such a cookery was expensive and was worth its weight in gold. There were also lower-quality cheap models in plastic boxes, which most of the schoolchildren had.

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90,000 Along the waves of our memory! Soviet stationery: dubikvit – LiveJournal

In another post from the series “On the waves of our memory!” I bring to your attention a selection of stationery of the Soviet period. I invite you to feel nostalgic for those who themselves used such pens and pencils, and to be curious, for those who did not find those times.

Pencil case. There were many types of them: wood, plastic, metal, leather or oilcloth

Now let’s move on to the contents of the cases.

Ball pens. They were not particularly distinguished by their design creativity

“Push-button” handles.
The rod is short and with a projection for the spring.If necessary, such a rod was inserted into an ordinary handle, supplied with an “extension cord” made of a match.

A special chic – a three-color pen

A simple pencil is something so familiar, than in childhood they drew on wallpaper, at school they made notes in textbooks and drew triangles on geometry. Most people know that this is just a “gray” pencil, those who had sketching at school know a little more about it, artists and representatives of several other professions who use pencils in their work know its real beauty.

Chemical pencils – when wet, the lead turns blue

Czechoslovakian Cochinor. Everyone chased just such pencils.
Only those who have studied the sketch will understand the difference between the pencils in this photo.

There were also collet pencils. They are good in any field conditions or on the road, and in my workplace, in my opinion, it is better to use wooden ones

Colored pencils.No comments

Since the conversation turned to pencils, we need to remember about sharpeners …

… and eraser

Colored markers … How many triple cologne are poured into them …

My first compass)))

Famous school furniture

and professional

Well, where without rulers, squares and transportation

officer’s line ))

bus – this is for draftsmen

And this is the first Soviet computer – slide rule)))

Well, after the slide rule you need to show other calculating devices

Ink pens. In the late eighties, such people met only at the post office and in savings banks, where they filled out receipts. And when publishing “wall newspapers” – then instead of the usual pen they used the so-called. poster. Fountain pens are still in use, and Rainbow ink is still being produced. There is not enough refeder, but it is in the readymade. Who drew Monge’s diagrams will understand me.

Watercolors and gouache paints. These are not only drawing lessons at school, but also cleaning

And these are font stencils.They were produced in different sizes. The smallest letters were of a different kind than the large ones. The material is similar to that from which flexible plates were made. Actually, they were “stamped” at one plant

Buttons, paper clips, hole punch


and folders

School notebooks … Plain paper, nondescript gray covers – yellowish, pink …
Often with yellowish writing paper. True, there were also white paper.
Notebooks in a cage. Ruled notebooks. Notebooks in a slanting ruler.
12 sheets – 2 kopecks, 18 sheets – 3 kopecks.
And they also put soft paper blotters in them. And with teeth on one or two sides ….

And of course the cognitive back.
National Anthem

Multiplication Table

All Possible Rules

Pythagorean Table

Pioneer Laws …

… and Oaths

Painting Albums…

… and drawing

And of course a diary !!!

Inside it was necessary to put down the dates for the next week. And the next one. But having overclocked, it was possible to finish writing until November 43. Vacation days were solemnly celebrated with beautiful painted letters VACATION

By the way, I don’t know about you, but I still, when I count the days of the week, mentally imagine a diary: Monday — Wednesday on my left, Thursday — Saturday — on the right

Let’s go further
Atlases for geography lessons

and outline maps

Book holder. By the way, at work in my desk I still have a similar one.
And a pretty good stand for a tablet)))

Bookmarks for books – there were a lot of them

And finally, plasteline.

I haven’t forgotten anything!
And if you forgot – remind me!

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The problem is not only that “eating” stationery is a sign of stress, but also that pens and pencils are most likely not very clean and not designed to be in a child’s mouth.Psychologist Tatyana Sokolova told about how to act if a junior pupil has stubs in his pencil case.

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Question . The son went to first grade, and this is some kind of horror. He studies for A’s, but he is constantly nervous and literally chews all writing materials. It is completely incomprehensible why he does this; he himself cannot answer this question. How to wean him?

Answer .If a child chews on pens and pencils, this means that he is experiencing an emotional stress and he needs to help calm the nervous system. Do not scold him for such actions: this will only increase stress and exacerbate the problem.

At primary school age, a child has a lot of tasks, and he experiences not only intellectual, but also emotional stress. He needs to adapt to a new social environment, to the role of a student, to establish relationships and friendship in the team. You need to get used to the changed relationships in the family.With the beginning of school life, homework very often comes up between the child and the parents, which, of course, lead to a change in the structure of the parent-child interaction.

During the period of adaptation to school life, a child, even in the most prosperous situation, has many reasons to overstrain. The situation becomes more difficult if there are additional sources of stress: for example, the birth of younger brothers or sisters, moving, conflicting relationships between parents, an overly strict and critical teacher.

In order to help your child calm down the nervous system, you must first analyze your emotional state. We must not forget that the state of the parent directly affects the state of the child: children are perfectly able to read our emotions. It will be very difficult for you to help him relieve stress if you yourself are under constant stress.

There are two ways to solve the problem with pens and pencils. The first approach is a set of concrete actions. For example, you can put special pads on pencils and pens – soft erasers that are not suitable for chewing, smear the tips of pencils and pens with bitter ointment.In similar ways, you can wean a child from biting his nails.

The second approach is deeper. You must understand that even if you manage to wean yourself from gnawing pens and pencils, then the internal tension will look for another way out. If you want to find out the reason, then you need to stop and analyze the situation. To help parents who want to teach their child to relax and reduce stress, there are various meditations and relaxation techniques for children. Elin Snell’s book “I am calm and attentive like a frog”, the Jacobson method of progressive relaxation, and various breathing practices can help in this.

It is important to give your child time for free activity, when lessons or household chores are not hanging over him, time for “doing nothing” and recuperating.

Excellent therapy – sincere conversation with your child. But only one that as a result of which you do not become a person reading lectures or annoyed with the weakness of the child. It should be just a supportive, confidential conversation.

If the situation is getting worse and the child chews pencils, as they say, to the ground, it makes sense to contact a psychologist with this question and get more specific recommendations that are right for you.

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Writing instruments Kite

Kite Writing Tools will capture your thoughts, ideas and plans on paper.They are ready to become the first writing instruments and learn to slowly write out the recipes with the first grader. Or maybe they will quickly take notes on lectures? Kite office supplies are of German quality, well-thought-out ergonomic design and bright emotional design: everything contributes to your enjoyment of writing.

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Our grandmothers still remember the days of blots, feathers and ink cans. But progress does not stand still and modern pens not only do not create unnecessary problems, but on the contrary: they cheer up, inspire and easily slide on paper.Each Kite pen is a refined embodiment of quality and a little ray of joy. Which pens do you choose: ballpoint, oil or gel? Kite has pens for every taste.

  • Ballpoint pens Kite – a classic, enveloped in the halo of modernity. Traditional thick ink that adheres gently to paper, dries quickly on the page, and is economical.
  • Gel pens Kite – very easy to write, leave a rich bright “plump” mark.
  • Oil pens Kite combine the best of gel and ballpoint.This is an economical expense for light, saturated writing.
  • Write-and-erase pens Kite is freedom of thought and purity in notebooks. It’s not scary to make a mistake inadvertently with them: you don’t have to cross it out. Thanks to the peculiarities of the ink, they write richly and can be easily wiped off within 12 hours. What is important – the inscription is erased not by rolling the surface layer of the paper, but by heating the ink. They disappear without a trace, leaving no trash in the notebook.

Pencils Kite

They are rightfully called the most popular art tools for children.Statistics show staggering numbers – 99.4% of children draw with pencils regularly. How many packs does your child draw? The averaged total data indicate 4 packs per year. Pencils have something to love: drawing helps to dream, soothes and develops. Kite colored pencils – bright and safe:

  • Draws softly and richly thanks to concentrated high-quality pigment.
  • Easy to sharpen without chipping. The body is made of natural linden.
  • The lead is firmly fixed along its entire length with a special dispersed adhesive.
  • The body is covered with a water-based varnish: safe even if the child likes to chew on the pencil.
  • Bright packaging inspires creativity.
  • Kite watercolor pencils give the green light to creativity. Mix colors, mix shades, create new masterpieces in mixed media, alternating between pencil art and soft watercolor effect with washed out details.
  • Kite triangular pencils are comfortable for toddlers and teach to hold the writing utensils correctly in their hand.
  • Kite Double Sided Pencils – even more colors in one package.

Kite Lead Pencils – the optimal balance between hardness and softness for crisp, contrasting lines.

Black pencils from Kite – original and distinctive. As in children’s stories: “in a black-black case, a black-black lead is hidden.” The total black pencil image is unusual and stylish.

The Kite markers fascinate with their brightness.And water-based inks are washed from surfaces and washed from clothes. Now, if a child accidentally sketches a tabletop while painting a landscape, the mark from the felt-tip pen will wash off without harm to the furniture.

Kite stationery – high quality and the joy of creativity.


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