Sunday, July 7, 2013

School Supplies Addiction: You better read this today






In the last few weeks I have shared some of my true addictions with you (left out coffee and it's a big addiction). Now I am sharing just a few of my super, duper favorite, can't do without school supplies since we are heading back soon... shhhhh  The office supply stores are already starting their sales. I am not there in my head yet. These supplies are ones that I buy whenever I am out and about and cannot ever resist. When they are on sale I go "ape" and purchase too many and just remind myself (little voice in my head) that I must have them to face the next day. So lets go through these and I will explain why they are more important than food or shelter from the rain!

1. Mr. Sketch Markers: These are available in most office supply stores and are really reasonable in price. Why am I so addicted to these? Each marker has a delicious smell that does not give yo a blazing headache when you take the cap off. When you are writing on a large pad of paper they do not leak through the next ten pages and ruin the entire pad. I love them soooo much. I keep them in containers under my easel and the kids love using them to interact with the Morning Message. I never make them available at any other time.

2. Twistables: These rocked my world when I first discovered them. Do you know about these? Honestly, I became addicted to these and never use regular crayons. Parents love them as much as I do and were willing to send them in with their students. Woohoo! What's the big deal? When the tip wears down you just twist it up and voila- it works again. Yes, the children go crazy when they first get them into their sweet hands but like everything else you have to make a huge,dramatic point about using them appropriately or THEY WILL DISAPPEAR FROM THE TABLES NEVER TO RETURN. If you work in a school where parents cannot afford to buy these (bit pricey) I suggest you pick up a few sets and use them for projects during small group instruction. You will thank me for this. You can also head to Target with a sob story and see if the manager has a heart and wants to support your classroom and become  a superhero. Work it.  These are worth the money and come in a variety of sets. Now have I mentioned that the teacher will love having a set of Twistable colored pencils and might not even be willing to share them with her own personal children. Yup, they bring out the selfish in you! They are fantastic for coloring in small pictures and the results are so much nicer. Do you need to get in touch with your coloring lust again? If you have a little doodle at home and want to grab something special- this is your ticket. You will get a lot of kisses for this one. Just sayin'. Only buy the Crayola brand (trust me on this one) and I am not a fan of the washable version. No. I know what you are thinking. I am not getting a kickback from Crayola.

3. Sharpie Pens: This is the best product to come out since peanut butter. You read that right. Seriously. They have a nice tip for writing and do not bleed through to the next page. They don't smear and are permanent. Does it get any better? AGAIN, NO SMELL TO BRING ON A MIGRAIN AND KILL ALL YOUR BRAIN CELLS. I certainly can't afford to lose any. I worship these pens and have them in all kinds of colors. I have been know to obsess on them a tiny bit... If you have not purchased any go... Now come back and leave a comment thanking me for changing your life in a significant way. I take all PD notes using these and teachers are always asking me if they can try one out. Trust me, this is a serious keeper!

4.Avery Tabs: I tab everything in sight and these are my favorite kind by far. I have tried them all. They are well priced and you can write on them easily (I hate the plastic ones that smear). I buy these for my teachers when they tab their Common Core binders and they love using them. They come in tons of colors, even purple and turquoise. Avery also makes tabs with the months of the year already printed on them. They go on sale all the time because no one knows what to do with them- except a teacher! Use your imagination!
Who's in love with adhesive dots? I know... I get it. Now they come in a billion colors and sizes and the cuter ones are made by sticker companies. Teacher supply stores have loads of them and they often hit the clearance bins. Dots in all colors and sizes make me super happy and dollar stores have them in neon colors. I color code everything in sight and use them on name tags so kids know what group they are in. I use them to group kids for instruction, group them for field trips, on their materials so they can find them, etc.I use they to sort my books too. Kids love to use them in their artwork if you are willing to let them. Someone should write a book on 100 Ways to Use Adhesive Dots.

5. Scrapbooking Chalk: I have talked about scrapbooking chalk before but I had to include it in this list cause it is such an easy way to fill in big areas with beautiful chalk. It has super intense pigmentation and 
is easy to apply with a cotton ball, rubbing it lightly in a circle.It makes my Thinking Maps, Anchor Charts, and Pictorials look beautiful. Often I will add a touch of blue chalk to the background of a child's artwork and it makes it look so special. You can buy this at Michael's Craft store but make sure to download their app so you can use the 40% off coupon. 

That's it for today. I just got back from Colorado and the laundry is calling me. If you can add to this list and tell me about something you can't be without we can grow this list. I might need one of your suggestions and not even know it exists-EKKKKK. Thanks for stopping by. Now go shop


20 comments:

Melanie said...

Love Mr. Sketch markers! I buy a new set every year!

The Polished Teacher said...

Love all the supplies you listed! I didn't know there were sharpie pens! I will have to go grab some. My newest favorite are the FriXion erasable pens and highlighters. They are life savers! You should definitely check them out!

The Polished Teacher

Nicole Moore said...

I LOVE Sharpie pens too!! I got 4 (more) today at Target and I also saw them at Michaels. I'd never seen them sold individually until today so I snatched up 2 purple, a dark blue, and a dark green. I might have to try those Mr. Sketch markers this year, thanks for the ideas!

Barbara Rogers Buchanan said...

I love, Love, LOVE all those tabs ~ AND I always have to restock Post-it notes in lots of shapes and colors. This past year I wasn't able to purchase any and whined about it to fellow teachers, but when I pulled out my stash they all laughed at me because I probably have enough for the whole kindergarten . . . . Markers, new crayons, beautiful file folders (and hanging files) and fine point Pilot pens (zebra 301). lolol LOVE school supplies!

Chrissy said...

Sharpie Pens--I had no idea!

Fran, I have a new job! I'm teaching kindergarten in my city's public district!! Tomorrow is new staff orientation and I am soooo excited :-)
Chrissy ReadWriteSing

Fran Kramer said...

OMG all of you love supplies as much as I do! I need an intervention of some sort. Hanging out in an office supply store keeps me happy for a long time! Right?

Kimberly said...

Hi Fran,
I love the things on your list. First of all, I am obsessed with Mr. Sketch markers! And...twistable crayons make me laugh. I am first responder in my building and our team was called to a Kindergarten room this year because one of the little ones twisted his entire lip into a twistable crayon. He was in such a panic that he almost fainted. I untwisted it and he recovered with only a swollen lip as evidence. They should really pay Kindergarten teachers some kind of extra duty pay. I'm gonna have to try the scrapbooking chalk!
Kimberly
Funky First Grade Fun

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youngprekteacher said...

I as well did not know about Sharpie pens. I love all things Sharpie, so I am sure I will be buying some! I do have an addiction to all things TUL as well. Their pens are to die for!

scooterd said...

Pilot fine point pens are AWESOME! I will only buy the .05 kind and my husband thinks I am nuts :) Yesterday I walked into Walmart and my heart skipped a beat! They had started putting out the school supplies! I dashed right over and filled my cart before I came to my senses and put a few things back. I mean I have five more weeks before school starts so I need to spread out my craziness

Emilie said...

OH my GOODNESS!! I love the school supply aisles!! Thank you for explaining the chalk item. I wondered what made all these posters look so great without all the marker lines. I love a big package of colored markers -- Sharpies and water colors. Just bought a cute mini binder at Target yesterday, bought lined paper and page separators to go with it. One section for Grade Level meeting, one for SIT meetings, one for things to do....just love looking organized -- look being the operative word.

Elizabeth Dailey said...

I love Mr. Sketch as well! Also if you like those Sharpie pens, try these... I don't know if they are the same, but these are my favorite!! They write so good!! Very expensive though which is the only bummer.

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.officedepot.com%2Fa%2Fproducts%2F270776%2FSharpie-Permanent-Ultra-Fine-Point-Markers%2F&h=0&w=0&sz=1&tbnid=8kindX2V__HWWM&tbnh=200&tbnw=200&zoom=1&docid=P3eU5-VBukn1mM&ei=rpbbUc_OO_G54AP57YCoBQ&ved=0CAQQsCU

Fran Kramer said...

I see some new things listed her. People you know I am obsessed... now I have to go shop and check them out ASAP. Washi tape looks pretty amazing for decorating purposes too. Just thought I would stir up a little trouble! hehe

Learning in Progress! said...

Just purchased my chalk and tried it out! SERIOUSLY???? I have been using crayons and they take forever when coloring in large anchor charts. LIFE SAVING purchase :)

Meredith said...

I had a serious talk with myself to NOT go school shopping before August. I think my talk has done no good. You always inspire me. I'm hanging the "gone shopping" sign out now!

Kathy said...

Mr. Sketch markers are 1/2 off this week at Office Depo. It is on the front page of their ad. I know Walmart also has them and will price match. I think I paid $4 for a set.

tari baldwin said...

Omg, Fran...are you stalking me??? I have obsessed over the scented markers since I was a new teacher (for the same reasons you mentioned and because I can still remember my art teacher bringing them out for special occasions when I was little)! And I am totally obsessed with twistable pencils....no more sharpening! I have a container of them for each table in my class, but they only come out on special occasions....after teaching how to use them, my kinders love them; I've used them for 5 years now!

First Grade Funtastic said...

I love ALL the supplies that you listed! I haven't used that chalk yet, but it looks like I will be going to Michael's soon to try them out! Thanks for sharing your list. I just found you tonight and am a new follower!
Sara
First Grade Funtastic

D Frank said...

I know....I felt the same way!!! I Love school supply shopping...You are not alone....All teachers are right there with ya :)

Aimee johnson said...

These kinds of name tags astonished me completely. Thanks for sharing these in such a simplest manner.

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