It is that time of year again… back to school time. We are officially back on a morning and evening routine in my household. I don’t know about y’all, but I really do not like the beginning of the school year. It seems like a month into school things get SO MUCH better. By that time, my little family is pretty well in-tune to the household routine, I am rolling right along on teaching, and I am not AS exhausted in the evenings.
Those first couple of weeks are so TIRING!!! It doesn’t matter if I sit a lot, stand a lot, talk a lot, don’t talk a lot, have morning and/or lunch duty or not… I am STILL exhausted at the end of the day.
With that being said, there are some school supplies that make my life a lot easier and/or more exciting. Does anyone else get excited when they buy school/office supplies?!?! I get pretty excited when it is time to buy a new lunch box or a new planner.
Today, I wanted to share my 2013-2014 school year essentials…
1 – Bic Mark-It Ultra Thin Permanent Markers: These markers work great and I love that they have a super thin point on the end. I like to use these markers when writing in my calendar and grading my students’ work. I like to step away from the traditional Red teacher’s pen.
2 – Thirty-One Gifts Thermal Tote in punch bowl: For two years, I carried a small Vera Bradley lunch box. It was so tiny that I had to carry a separate plastic grocery bag with my actual lunch in it. This summer, when I was deciding what to purchase for the upcoming school year, a lunch box was top on my list. I love the print of this tote! And, I had to get my name embroidered on the front, of course.
3 – Tervis Glass: I am a HUGE fan of the Tervis glass. I have them in all styles, colors, and sizes. But, every morning, I carry a 24 oz. Tervis glass with a handle and lid full of tea. I must have my tea during the day. I even carry my glass to doctor’s appointments, on shopping trips, and anywhere else I will be for an extended amount of time during the day. I almost feel like Si from Duck Dynasty… I can definitely relate to him.
4 – Thirty-One Gifts Organizing Utility Tote in party punch: For two years, I carried around a Vera Bradley messenger bag. The bag was awesome and held up extremely well, but it was time for a change. I had seen many people blogging about the organizing utility tote and noticed many teachers carried them, so I decided I would purchase one for myself. So far, I LOVE it!!! The different compartments are awesome. It is very spacious and I love the girlie print. And, of course, I had to get it monogrammed!!!
5 – Sharpie Highlighters: I have highlighters with me everywhere I go. I use them to balance my checkbook, mark financial statements, create lessons and notes for class, and mark important information for my students. I almost feel lost if I don’t have one with me.
6 – Calendar: I know many of you have seen my planner post. And, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE planners, but at the moment, I am not using one. Did I hear a gasp?!?! My lesson plans have to be submitted electronically, so I type them. I felt if I purchased a detailed planner and filled it out faithfully, I would be wasting time and duplicating the process. So, at the moment, I just have a calendar to post doctor’s appointments, birthdays, meetings, etc. But, I do tote my calendar around EVERYWHERE just like I did with my planner.
7 – Thirty-One Gifts Timeless Beauty Bag in turquoise pop: Can you tell I am a little obsessed with Thirty-One Gifts at the moment? I have always carried Vera Bradley things and I decided to change up things a little. This bag is supposed to be used as a makeup bag. Well, I use mine for pens, markers, an extra notepad, highlighters, and all of my other small school necessities. I carry it inside my organizing utility tote daily.
If you notice, I didn’t put specific pens or pencils on my list. To be honest, I have learned that teachers’ supplies tend to have legs of their own. : ) Somehow, I will start out with a pile of pencils and pens and they gradually disappear as the year goes by. So, I have learned to use whatever I have lying around. I don’t have to purchase specific pens or pencils to get the job done.