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It’s that time of year again.

Back to School.

That expression means so much. As a kid it encompassed a mix of excitement and trepidation.

I was always nervous about having a new teacher and what everyone would think about me on the first day. (Why do we always assume that everyone will be focused on us. Don’t most people concern themselves with, well, themselves?)

But the best part was shopping for school supplies.

First there was the shopping, then there was carefully going through each thing to write your name on it and check it off the list.

Even though we homeschool, we still make a school supplies trip.
This year I’m teaching first grade and preschool for a two-year-old. I mean, I guess that’s what you call playing with play-doh and learning the ABC song.  So here’s what we bought.

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When spiral notebooks are on sale for a quarter, I stock up.  They’re great for school, sure, but also useful for keeping the kids occupied in the car, and keeping up with shopping lists, and jotting down notes and phone numbers. . . I could go on and on. 

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Folders, some for school, some for the junk drawer to hold pizza coupons and babysitter info.

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Three big fat notebooks. More on that later. . .Stay tuned!

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You can’t beat the back-to-school price for Play-Doh. And somehow, it always seems dry and nasty after a year.

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Couple of packs of manilla paper. . .

And the piece de resistance. . .

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We decided to try these new Twisty kind just for schoolwork so they’re special. We also bought a few 24-packs, but like all good children, my girls tore into those and began to color and draw to their hearts content.

Let’s have a closer look.

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One of my favorite writers, Robert Fulghum, once wrote that the problems of the world could be solved if, instead of bombs, we used Crayola bombs to drop little parachuting 64 packs of happiness on people. I think he was right.

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Such fresh inspiration and potential! And isn’t that what the start of a new school year is all about.