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Ode to School Supplies

School supplies, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.

It’s that time of year.  I’ve been waiting for it all summer and knew that around the Fourth of July, school supplies begin to pop up here and there, like midsummer corn, ripe for the picking.  I scooped up my materials before August when the tax-free holiday shoppers descended and shelves would be picked bare for another year.

And pick and pluck I did, at my usual, over-the-top pace:  spiral notebooks in varied colors, 70 pages each at 20 cents a pop; a dozen wooden pencils for 47 cents each; composition notebooks, 100 pages in geometric, marbled, or striped black and white patterns at only 40 cents.  My enthusiasm knew no bounds.  School-year calendars, pencil sharpeners, and erasers ranging from a big, pink quadrangle, the size of a cheddar cheese slab, to mini, multi-colored, pop-on-the-pencil erasers.

I bought paper pocket folders and plasticized ones.  As a homeschool family studying pretty much year-round with four kids, our supplies ran dangerously low each year around May.  I vowed that this year would be different, even if it put us in the poorhouse.  I would buy enough paper, pencils, and assorted sundries for a rainy day inbetween.

My shopping cart was loaded to the gills when a father passes me, going in the opposite direction with his cart.

“School used to be so easy,” he mutters referring to the printed list he’s carrying.

“Tell me about it,” I laugh, chuckling inwardly that we don’t have to follow any printed lists from schools.

No, we get to spend about 20x the cost that public-schoolers lay out-!  On purpose, I avoided any glue or magic-marker products lest we be driven to sniff them—whether students or teachers, I’m not sure who needs an escape more.

Anyway, we homeschooling parents have an advantage:  if you hear us talking to ourselves when the stress of grades, reading assignments, or homework sets in, it’s absolutely normal.  We can always say we’re having a parent-teacher conference.

What are your favorite school supplies?




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  1. avatar Winnie says:

    I love a fresh clean notebook, before the pages are all rumply on the edges and the cover is still clean and un-doodled on. Even now makes me want to just write.

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