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The Best Narrow Highlighters

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Once your children enter middle school, the time to focus becomes even more important. Homework starts to become substantial, and children may find themselves reading deeply, scanning timelines or vocabulary lists, or flipping through notes. It’s time to invest in a good set of highlighters. Specifically, you’ll need narrow highlighters that allow for precise marks so middle schoolers and high schoolers can easily separate the essential information from other details that may not be as important.

Top Pick

These narrow highlighters come with caps that feature a built-in clip. You’ll get a smudge-free chisel tip that can underline passages, highlight or take a quick note.

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This set of five narrow highlighters features five different colors with a chisel tip that can underline, highlight or be used for writing.

This narrow highlighter set comes with six colors and two highlighters per color. The design is intended to help reduce hand fatigue. There’s a built-in clip on the cap.

Thanks to the eraser tip on these highlighters, you can easily remove any highlight and don’t have to worry about getting charged by the school. This kids’ narrow highlighters set includes six pens.

This set of narrow highlighters includes a mild gray hue, which is definitely a departure from traditional highlighters. You can also use these for coloring and art projects.

Expert Commentary

It’s important to ensure that kids have all the materials they’ll need to make learning easier. Among these tools are narrow highlighters that they can use to emphasize phrases or words without the ink bleeding over to the previous sentence. Narrow highlighters should be easy to use and mark text well without smudges.

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Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.


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