Is there a teacher who doesn’t love brand-new school supplies? Perhaps, but I wouldn’t put money on it. Well, let me clarify. I believe most teachers get a charge out of new school supplies—just like kiddos do. What can be troubling for teachers is what to do with the avalanche of school supplies that arrive on the first day of school. Twenty No. 2 pencils per child adds up quickly!
Some teachers request unlabeled supplies and gather the extra pencils, packs of paper, glue sticks, markers, crayons, tissue boxes, and so on into large bins where the items are stored until needed. I get this, and it seems like a decent idea, especially when a large number of supplies are requested at the start of the school year.
I personally like the idea of letting each child store her supplies in a personalize bin or large resealable plastic bag. It may sound like I don’t like to share, but that’s not it at all. I simply think students prefer to have ownership over their nifty new school supplies. I guess I’m remembering a conversation I had a few years ago in which a kindergartner’s description of her first day centered around the fact that her teacher had taken her supplies!
What works best for you and your kiddos?
PS: T-Bone, a class supply of glue sticks, and a nifty orange bag from The Mailbox are on my shelf ready to be delivered to one lucky teacher! To find out how to enter this giveaway—it’s super simple— click here. To be part of the random drawing, you must enter before midnight Sunday, August 14!