Todays focus is pens and pencils. Of course you may have this set up at home already, and if you do, then congrats... no need to spend! However, here is a really basic kit that can be put together so cheaply. If you are buying everything on the list, the maximum outlay will be around $10.
At the very minimum, having HB pencils and a sharpener available will set your child up for learning. Here is a 'stationery list' to help you get set up...
1. HB Pencils... have a couple of pencils set aside per child. Avoid cheap pencils as the lead inside them is usually broken and they are terrible to sharpen.
2. Pencil Sharpener. A nice metal sharpener will live longer than a plastic one.
3. Eraser- buy a quality one, rather than a novelty eraser.
4. Chalk. Great for practicing writing or basic facts on the concrete outside.
5. Colored Pencils- avoid the dollar shop version as they are terrible to sharpen and don't really color in well. Invest in a good/ branded set.
6. Felt Tipped Pens- thicker pens for younger children, thinner pens for older. You don't need a set of 60 to get set up. A medium priced set will see you well (as long as your child knows not to press too hard and how to put the cap on)
7. Highlighters- great for highlighting what your child has done well/ for supporting with letter formation or finding important information in text
8. Pens- More for older students, but younger students will feel very important if you let them use a pen instead of a pencil
There are lots of ways to go lush- gel pens etc, but my focus here is setting up a cheap and basic, but useful and usable kit.