I decided I’d get an early start on school supply shopping. There’s lot to buy between now and the beginning of school, and I don’t want to do it all at the last minute.
Do you know that children no longer sharpen their pencils? Parents are instructed to buy only sharpened pencils. Not only sharpened pencils but several packs of expensive name brand sharpened pencils. It’s one thing to request a supply or a type of supply, but it’s quite another to request a brand. And it’s not just our school. When I arrived at the local discount store, there were plenty of unsharpened pencils to be had. Piles of them. There were even sharpened pencils of another brand at the ready. Stacks of them. As for the expensive sharpened ones? Not one pack. The place where said pencils were supposed to be was empty, and it looked like those pencils had been gone for days, possibly weeks.
Do you know teachers ask for specific colors of supplies? Simone needs four plastic folders with prongs and pockets. Her teacher wants one each of red, blue, yellow, and green. No problem, right? I found plastic folders that I thought would hold up to the wear and tear of going to second grade, but none of them came in the desired colors. Those colors are so primary. The colors I found were purple, pink, turquoise, rust, black, and teal.
Do you know parents now buy dry erase markers? Nadia’s teacher wants dry erase markers with broad points. Simone’s teacher wants dry erase markers with fine points. Do you know what I found? Tons and tons of dry erase markers with …. chisel points! At the moment, Simone and Nadia do not have any dry erase markers.
Do you know even paper can be a problem? Simone needs two packs of 200-count wide rule paper. I found 100-count packs and 150-count packs. The 150-count packs are a better deal. Simone will now have 50 more sheets than the little girl sitting next to her. Simone also needs two 100-sheet spiral notebooks, one red and one blue. There are 70-sheet spiral notebooks and 90-sheet spiral notebooks. There are even 120-sheet spiral notebooks. More paper is better than less, I suppose. But the 120-count notebooks come in black, blue, teal, and pink. No red.
Good thing I started early. I’m sure I will find everything the girls need before school starts. The experience, though, has led me to one conclusion. THIS IS WHY PEOPLE HOMESCHOOL THEIR CHILDREN.