For the past few weeks I have already accumulated 6 Art Supply Catalogs! I'm not sure about you, but my supply order is due in March. I feel like it takes me a month to do my supply order! I am getting better each year, but it is one thing I take my time on! I do actually enjoy it! I love going through each catalog comparing prices and supply details. I started creating a list on a magnetic notepad that stays on my metal filing cabinet, of materials I use up through the year. If I come across a cool lesson and see a certain material I want to try I also add it to the list.
For the past two years I had to constantly fight with pencils! Kids losing pencils...kids sharpening pencils...uuugh it drove me bonkers! Last year I came up with a system where I had a cup filled with sharpened pencils and an empty cup for broken ''need to sharpen'' pencils. Students could turn in their broken one and grab a sharpened one. Well this worked for a little bit. I would forget to sharpen pencils..or students would turn in perfectly good pencils for pin point perfect pencils and that drove me nuts! I then purchased hand held sharpeners that I left on the tables in their buckets. The sharpeners worked perfectly (Faber-Castell Silver sharpener that held the shavings) but then students would be sharpening their pencils every two minutes to have that pin point perfect pencil! AGAIN drove me nuts! PLUS my pencils were gone before the end of the year! So I needed a new plan! The plan I found I LOVE!
I came across these Faber-Castell Jumbo Grip pencils!
Here is why I love them:
1. They are triangular and they do not roll off the tables!
2. They have grips!
3. They are jumbo! They fit well in my little artists hands! :)
4. They sharpen well!
The tricks to my pencil fetish...
At the very beginning of the school year I took about 5 minutes the first day of art to explain the pencils to my students. I S T R E T C H E D the truth a little by telling them that these were VERY expensive ARTIST pencils! I told them that THEY were NOT allowed to sharpen them. It was not needed with these "SPECIAL'' pencils for a sharp point. If they are sharpened too much they will break easily. I said the only reason they will need to be sharpened is if they were BROKEN or if the wood was to close to the point. I have yet to have one break or the lead to come out after it was sharpened. I told them I have a SPECIAL sharpener that I can only use to sharpen them. THEY BOUGHT IT! I have not had a problem with these pencils all year. They have slowly gotten use to the fact they do not need super sharp points, and they do sometimes ask for it to be sharpened.
Here is how I manage the pencils...
The bad part about them is that I actually sharpen all of them with a hand held sharpener (the Faber Castell one I mentioned earlier). I do however only sharpen them once maybe twice a week if I know we have a detailed project coming up. I have a cup filled with pre-sharpened pencils so I can easily switch out all the dull pencils in their buckets. This process is working well, now that the students know I will not give them super sharp pencils or sharpen it for them all the time! I also have gotten into habit of making sure they count their pencils and erasers in their buckets at the end of clean-up. They have gotten use to this and do it automatically.
If you have the same pencil fetish as I do I hope you have found this post helpful! Now if I could figure out the glue bottle fetish I have....hmmmm??? Any Ideas blogger Art Creators ;)