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Great and IMPORTANT question. Anything about organization is major in my book. While each team (house) at Weber might ask for their own special binder, here is what my 18 years has taught me. The best binder that holds all (pencil case, planner, folders, papers, looseleaf) and if cared for will hold up for 10 months is a 3 ring 3 inch binder that looks THIS (click me). Why? Never have to worry about zippers and it widens for needed room as the year unfolds. And remember a great binder when opened, should have things in this order: pencil case, followed by their planner, then class folders, and then loose leaf paper. Some teams say a zippered binder with that semi-soft padded outside. It is a clean looking binder and looks THIS (click me). They have a handle, seem like plenty of room inside and will take a beating. It an be a great binder but this one is for the very organized child and one that will unzip, file things, and rezip 10 times per day while cleaning it out pretty often or they get frustrated. I have seen many kids that can’t close it after 2 months and are struggling while 1/2 the class is gone already to the next class. Or they try to stuff texts in it (never!). It all depends on the child and how organized they are inside and not to overstuff it. Remember whatever binder your child uses (Red 6 asks for the 3 ring 3 inch binder), it has to work for them AND have them write their name on the outside (even the soft puffy zippered one-kids usually never do).

Yes there are. The internet is a huge place and when used properly, can have your child going deeper with their interests for learning and practicing an academic skill. The challenge is where to find them, what are the limits, is it a subscription, etc. and that depends on what your new 6th grader is interested in. There are plenty of free and safe resources out there. I know a child in front of a computer is challenging as they need guidance, but with some time you will find what you need.

Hot topic. All classes have Chromebooks available for each student. This has been increasing every single year. Some classrooms have their own carts, others have shared carts. Of course a student can use anything they want at home for homework: Chromebook, Mac, PC, etc. They can even use the school’s computers at a HW club or library if need. If you need a suggestion for a home computer (i.e. version of Chromebook) you can send me a personal message on FB and we can talk specifics to help you get you what best fits your need.

This is a simple one to answer as I am the one who has chosen to not put it on the Red 6 supply list. Let me first tell you when and how Red 6 kids will use it and then why it is not on the list. Using a  calculator in 6th grade becomes a large part but only after a certain time of the year. For Red 6, the kids start to use it sometime around mid-year (late Jan). They begin by using it to check hw sometimes. Each student will have their own on their desk to use in class all the time starting around Jan and then can use them with their hw when taught the proper way to use it and show work from Feb to June.

So why not put it on the supply list? To me, an $8 or $10 calculator sitting in a package around the house for months is not the best idea. It could be lost, used by someone else, batteries die, etc. But the main reason is they just need a simple one sometimes for HW, and kids have phones which have calcs and parents usually have an old calc around the house. Computers have calcs and even Hoffkids has a cool ANYTIME CALCULATOR for kids. I invite you to click HERE to see it. So in short, it was not a supply I thought they need to BUY this year.

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