Glue Sticks and Markers and Pencils, Oh My!

It’s that time of year again! The time when parents are happy and giddy because they no longer need to babysit their own kids. The time when students cringe every time they walk into a store and see the “back to school” section. The time of year when every teacher’s bank account takes a dive bomb because of the beautiful dollar spot at Target! (Darn you dollar spot! You get me every time!)

The O.C.D comes out in me every July and August. My planner is filled out and ready to go. My lesson plans are written out. My supplies are bought and organized for a new school year. I have even bought all of the girl’s school supplies too! It feels so good to have beaten the back to school crowds!

If there is one thing I have learned after 9 years of teaching it is this…those yellow Crayola boxes never last the first week (sometimes the first day) of school. I refuse to constantly tape those things back together a hundred times a day. I have bought individual hard plastic crayon boxes for each kid in my class. I have also bought one for my oldest daughter, who will be in first grade next year.

I have also learned that 5 and 6 year old’s are very disorganized and lose things ALL THE TIME, including their crayons, markers, and pencils. In my own classroom I have a “lost and found” bin where we put things that have been found on the floor. If a kid is missing their black marker, they check the “lost and found” bin to see if it is there. To help my oldest daughter keep a track of her supplies, I have labeled them all. Yes, every colored pencil, crayon, marker, etc. I am hoping this will make her life and her teacher’s life a lot more simplified.

Again, I have O.C.D and I know that labeling each school supply is not on every parent’s agenda, but it makes this teacher’s and mama’s life a whole lot easier!

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