I took Rob and William, entering fifth and third grade respectively, to buy school supplies last night. My heart was pounding. My hands were sweating. It was difficult for me to let them choose their own colors/designs, rather than pressuring them into buying what I liked.
Relief came from the realization that I could buy school supplies for myself anytime I wanted to, even if I didn’t have my own list to consult. The nice thing about school supplies is they’re PRACTICAL. I bought two packages of Hello Kitty pencils, but I USE pencils. I bought a large package of many-colored Sharpie markers, but I USE Sharpie markers. I bought six 1-subject notebooks in assorted colors, six folders in colors to match the notebooks, a 3-ring binder with unicorns on it, and a Hello Kitty lunchbox, but I USE….uh.
Some more justifiably practical choices:
Vintage Kitsch Bookplates from Kootie’s Closet on Etsy.
Apples and Pears lunchbox with matching cloth napkin from Mushy Bug on Etsy.
Exercise Books from Three Potato Four. Those of us no longer doing school exercises might find these useful for more literal exercise tracking.
Vintage classroom handwriting charts, in a nice selection of letters, from Three Potato Four.
Rustic Wood Pencils from Patina.
Oilcloth Pencil Case from Love Shine Inc.