Homeschooling supplies for a tenth-grader preparing for senior high school
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One benefit of homeschooling is that you only buy the things you really need. No springing for neon coloring pens and glitter glue for that one MAPEH project. No hoarding pens because the child keeps losing them in school every day. No buying intermediate paper in reams of 500 because the kid seems to be donating them to classmates.
Since we started homeschooling seven years ago, our school supplies purchases have been minimal. This is a far cry from our experience when Motito attended a science high school for two weeks, where each teacher specified a notebook size, color for the cover, and labeling style. In addition, I had to purchase plastic envelopes, brown envelopes, Manila paper, glue, markers, masking tape, cartolina, colored paper, oslo paper, index cards in two different sizes, and a green ballpen. And that’s just for starters. Because we went back to homeschooling, many of these items remain unused.
Now that Motito is in tenth grade, and with the possible return of entrance exams for senior high school, I’ve added to my Shopee cart a few school supplies that he might need. I thought I’d share some of my budget finds in this post.
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Graphing Paper (100pcs) – A4 size graphing paper are the best size for analytic geometry and statistics
Graphing paper (100 pcs) – P60
B5 size notebooks – Big writing space means less flipping of pages. Also ideal for students with large handwriting.
Big University Notebook B5 (P23 each, random brand)
University big notebook 80’s with yarn & spiral pay pc (P27-P30 per piece)
Seven Notes University Yarn Notebook (Big) – P31 each
Seven Notes University Spiral Notebook (Big) – P30 each
Number 2 Pencils
Motito still overwhelmingly use pencils. I’m not comfortable seeing his textbooks permanently marked with ballpoint ink. I hand over used textbooks to our hardworking garbage collectors, who can do with them as they please.
Moreover, many entrance tests and standardized exams require No. 2 pencils for marking answer sheets. Don’t forget the sharpener and erasers.
Mongol School Set Five Pencils with Sharpener – P60 per set
Mongol Pencil 1 box of 12 (Regular #2) – P95 per box
Pencil Eraser Faber-Castell/ Mongol/Maped/Pentel – P9-36, depending on brand and size
On the rare occasion he uses pens, Motito prefers ballpoint ink to gel, which is more vulnerable to smudging. But gel pens tend to be cheaper, so that makes them a good buy.
BIC Xtra EZ Stic Smooth Needle Ballpen 0.7mm Pack of 6 [2 Black, 2 Blue, 2 Red] – P136 for pack of 6
Highligher – Very useful for highlighting important points and formulas.
XY-102 “Superliner” Highlighter High Lighting Marker (10pcs/box) – P65 per box of 10
Hokka Lollipop/Sugar Color Highlighter 6PCS ST893-6 – P64 pack of 6
Deli ES622 – 4-Color Highlighter Set (1SET)  – P64 set of 4
Yellow ruled pad – Large paper on which to write down long solutions/calculations and for the prewriting stage of composition
4 in One Combo Ruler Set (Small and Big) – P15-P19, depending on size
Pencil case/pouch mesh to organize the writing instruments. Some pouches are big enough to contain geometry rulers.
We are big fans of mesh pencil pouches, which make it easier to see the contents right away and know if something’s missing.
ToteMate nylon mesh pencil pouch – P30-43, depending on size
ToteMate Premium Quality frosted colored waterproof envelope – P27-55, depending on size