This is what two bins full of school supplies look like. I got everything on the list and the supplies should last the entire year. Whew!

In the end, I bought the expensive pencils and sharpened them myself. It took about 30 minutes, and I did have a sore spot on my thumb for a few days. Would I do that again? Probably not. When I put them back in the package they were all different heights. In other words, I had lost some use of the pencils by sharpening them too much.

I found all of the folder colors the teachers wanted. I think they are a bit flimsy, but we’ll see how they make it through the year.

I located the proper dry erase markers for each teacher. Broad tip for Nadia’s teacher and fine tip for Simone’s. Apparently, I had been looking for the wrong brand.  Once I expanded my horizons a bit, I didn’t have any trouble at all.


4 thoughts to “Doggone School Supplies, Part II

  • Laura Majersky

    I have to ask my mom if she had to be this detailed about school supplies when I was in school. I was in elementary school in the early 80’s and certainly don’t remember school supplies being anything but fun. When did the Crazed Super Specific School Supply Search start to be a thing?

    Also, how much Lysol are these teachers spraying that each kid needs their own can? Good lawd! 🙂

    • Honeysmoke

      I think it’s a matter of budgeting. I happen to live in a state that doesn’t fund education well. 

  • Jen Marshall Duncan

    I broke down and bought an electric pencil sharpener. 3 kids and hundreds of pencils was really just too painful for my poor fingers! Then as I got to my own classroom, as a new teacher to the building, I discovered that I needed a pencil sharpener for my room…and pencils, pens, markers, paper, notebooks, a stapler, dry-erase markers, tissues, and more. The kids I work with receive scanty school supplies from a grant-funded welcome center. They cannot contribute to my new classroom and barely have enough for their own classes. 

    I have not yet received a paycheck from my new job, but I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on supplies for my own three children, and now hundreds on supplies for my students. I sincerely thank all of you parents who are able to contribute school supplies for your child. It means a lot to every teacher. And if you can manage to send extra, it means even more.

    • Honeysmoke

      I don’t blame you. We now have a battery-operated sharpener. We’ll see how that goes.

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