Or, as we like to call them here in The Canada: pencil crayons.
Seriously, friends, this:
or, from another angle, this:
may be the single biggest stroke of genius I have ever had.
Think about it for a minute: with these set up, just like this, in the middle of the room where all the kids can get to them:
- What happens when a child finds a stray coloured pencil on the floor? THE CHILD CAN PUT IT AWAY INSTANTLY WITHOUT HAVING TO GUESS WHICH SUPPLY CADDY IT BELONGS TO.
- What happens when we are doing a lesson where all the children will need a green pencil at the same time? THERE ARE ENOUGH GREEN PENCILS RIGHT THERE IN THE BASKET. No digging.
See, you’re thinking about it now, aren’t you?
Also, when they need to change colours, they’ll have to GET UP AND WALK, and we all know movement is good for their brains.
I used to put the coloured pencils in the supply caddies for each table. By removing them, I have room for wax crayons AND pencil sharpeners:
(These Ikea GLIS boxes are THE BEST supply caddies ever. They have lids, so they are stackable, and the inside dividers can be moved and rearranged to fit anything you want. They were discontinued for a while, and I had to live 2 years without them because I didn’t have enough for all my tables, but they are back! Go get yourselves a half-dozen or so, you will not regret it.)
Now someone please tell me that things like a rainbow of pencil crayons, and shiny new supplies lined up in pretty boxes, make you as happy as they make me.
Or, you know, just tell me I am a very special sort of geek. It won’t be the first time I’ve heard that.
Coming this weekend: more photos of my classroom (before the children and their glorious messes arrive), and a new Ask Miss Night column. I promise.
Happy Friday, friends.