I don't know about you but I love back to school shopping for school supplies. I do...I love it! Yes, this is one time I am not being sarcastic. Maybe it's because I am a teacher or maybe it's because I loved to color as a young girl and I get truly excited about a pack of new crayons.
I realize sometimes the lists of things requested can seem a little over the top, but I promise you...there is a rhyme and reason behind every item and 90% of teachers will put them all to good use.
To the mom in Wal-mart the other night: I wasn't eavesdropping (you were just being a little loud and dramatic), but I overheard some of your complaints. I would ask that you re-read my preceding paragraph...rhyme and reason, mam...rhyme and reason. The pencils requested will last much longer than the cheap ones...they sharpen easier and have much softer and more supple erasers for better clean-up. Ditto on the Fiskars. Few things are more irritating to a child than to be attempting to cut something with scissors that won't cut. Go ahead. Splurge. Get the Fiskars. Your child will appreciate this. Finally, a box of Kleenex and a tub of antibacterial wipes may just keep your child (and others) from getting sick. $5 for the both of them is much cheaper than the going rate for a visit to the doctor. Finally, madame, I understood from your comment this is your first foray into being a school mom, as you mentioned to someone your daughter is entering kindergarten (this is when you remarked something to the effect of "Gah...you mean I have twelve more years of this?"). Try to chill a bit. Enjoy. Cherish. These next thirteen years will go by in the blink of an eye. I promise you that.
Myself? Sometimes, I get a little too carried away with the process and end up with a lot of stuff not on my child's list. This year, though, I have been sooo good (so far, at least). At Target the other night, I almost succumbed to all the cute Dr. Seuss items in the $1 bins, but I resisted. After all, I teach at the middle school level and my son is entering the 3rd grade. He's an adult now, you know.
One week from today, folks in my district will be returning to school. Yikes! Can it really be the end of our summer break? In celebration of going back-to-school I thought it would be fun to have a little giveaway. Anyone may enter and entering is easy. You have three chances to win...1. Leave a comment here and share with us your favorite school supply or back to school memory -mine still has to be a box of new crayons- and 2. Follow my little blog and leave a comment letting me know that you do. 3. Share my Facebook post about this and leave a comment letting me know that you did.
And just what will you win? Well, I'm not exactly sure yet...but I'm leaning toward a goodie bag packed with back-to-school fun (with a gift card or two thrown in for good measure)!!! You will love it! Your kids will love it!
The contest will end at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 3. A winner will be picked at random and annouced the following Monday.
P.S. You do not need a Google account to leave a comment. Just use the anonymous option and make sure to leave your name (and perhaps email address) in the comment...just some way for me to contact you should you win.
P.S.S. If you do have a Google account and want to follow, just look on the right of the screen under "Wanna follow?".