It’s the time of year to stock up on school supplies. With the back-to-school deals in stores, it is silly for me not to buy now. I thought I’d share our most used school supplies here. (I’ll be sharing our curriculum choices for this upcoming year soon too.)
Our Most Used School Supplies (in no particular order):
Ticonderoga Pencils are the preferred pencil in our house. Up until last year, I would have said that a pencil was a pencil. Then, Seth suggested I try a Ticonderoga. I had no idea that one pencil could be so superior to all others. My children’s handwriting improved just by buying better pencils. If you are working on pencil grip, we especially like the Ticonderoga Tri-Write Triangular Pencils I love that they can be sharpened in a regular pencil sharpener. Speaking of pencil sharpeners, we don’t need to buy a new one this year because I actually invested in this heavy duty sharpener last year.
1-Subject Spiral Notebooks. Elijah used about 7 notebooks last year just for his Saxon 5/4 math book. The spiral notebooks are used for copywork, Essentials chart copying, and math primarily. Since Ruth has moved into Saxon 5/4 this year, I will probably buy at least 20 single subject notebooks while they are under $0.25 each.
Dry Erase Markers: We use all three thicknesses in our home. The thick ones for writing on our big board, the thin ones for map tracing and regular work on a small white board, and the ultra thin ones primarily for Essentials including analytical task sheets.
Individual Whiteboards: I love to have the kids do their lesson practice for math on individual whiteboards if it is a particularly challenging project. Now that I will have 2 Essentials students, I think we’ll do more sentence diagramming on individual boards so they can work separately and then compare. We also like to use the little boards for spelling practice and other learning activities. I have a few boards but hope to pick up some more with the back-to-school deals.
Plain white computer paper and card stock: My children use my computer paper for many random drawing projects (often using our Draw Write Now books). Card stock is great to have on hand for paper crafts like this paper city.
Art Supplies: I like to have new crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, and watercolors for the kids to use in their free time. (I actually often buy them this time of year and save them for rainy/snowy days or even for Christmas stockings.)
What do you use the most in your home? Are you stocking up this summer?
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