Saturday, July 17, 2010

School Supplies

One of my great joys as a kid was Back to School shopping. New clothes and new school supplies. It was awesome opening up a notebook and pulling out a freshly sharpened pencil and writing the first words in it. And as a teacher I tend to get giddy buying new supplies for my classroom. I always have additional supplies for my students especially since many don't have all of the required supplies when they first arrive. I have never understood why some of my students have all of the required notebooks, several reams of construction and manila paper but don't have a pair of scissors to their name. Or any coloring supplies. Or glue. Or more than a pack of pencils. So during the summer, I pick up whatever is one sale and will set up the additional supplies for students to use during the year. Scissors, glue bottles (not those worthless glue sticks) and real wooden pencils are things I like to pick up. I have enough crayons and markers to skip buying them for this year.

Our school supply list ask the students to have several glue sticks and I hate that they are the preferred glue at our school. When did traditional glue bottles get such a bad rap? Yes, they can be messy but parents and previous teacher should have taught kids proper glue ettiquette. Don't use too much, don't eat it, don't put it on your hand and peel it off like dried skin. Bottled glue just works better than glue sticks.

Since the new Target next to me is so close, I am there almost daily. I can't help it, Target rocks. And one of my beloved features is the dollar area they have in the front of the store. It features seasonal items for as low as a dollar. I picked up several garden items this spring for my garden. They have changed out their items to feature school stuff. I have already picked up a gradebook and lesson plan book. Their gradebooks have thinner paper than I would like but I have used them for a couple of years now and they do the job fine. I decided to really plan out my lessons and bought a lesson plan book. If you decided to buy them from their dollar section, be careful. The lesson plan book did not have enough pages for the whole school year. I had to buy a second one to finish the year. They had some really good stamp sets that feature phrases like "no name" on them which can save time if you have frequent no namers in your class.

Have fun supply shopping and hopefully I will catch a great pencil and scissors sale.


Hedgetoad said...

staples is starting their one cent sales... keep an eye out for their fliers.

DanaElayne said...

I LOVE back to school time. I buy tons of stuff for my students. A lot of them have parents who have been laid off and finding work here is hard.

We have a Teacher's Harvest, too. If there is a Second Harvest nearby, they might have a Teacher Harvest as well. Teachers can go pick up free teaching supplies once a month. :)

superstargenius said...

I have heard of Teacher's Harvest and it sounds like such a cool idea.