Favorite School Supply - PENS

Yesterday we started our 4th week of school. How can that be already? Before you know it, it will be Christmas break and I’m not even ready to think about that. In honor of our 4th week of school, I wanted to share with you, my MOST favorite school supply ever!
We all have our favorite school supply we buy every year. Mine are pens. I LOVE pens, Paper Mate Ink Joy pens are my favorite. Full of fun colors. l frogslilypad.net


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School shopping for us is not like many other families. In fact, I don’t buy anything unless it is something I know we have to have, like spiral notebooks, pens, pencils, paper clips, and posted notes. There are some years, I don't buy anything.

Years ago, I stopped buying wooden pencils and moved on to the mechanical pencils. Even when Jamie was still in lower elementary grades, he learned (quickly) how to use those wonderful non-sharpening pencils.

I can’t help but feel pity for those classroom teachers who are faced with a bazillion wooden pencils on the first day of school. Half of those pencils are not a good quality and end up becoming breakfast, lunch and supper for a pencil sharpener all in one day. ** Parents, please for the sake of your child’s teacher, if you want them to like you, DO NOT send dollar store pencils or those that have a cute papery printed image on them. A good quality wooden pencil like the ones from Dixon Ticonderoga, they last longer than a day or two - trust me, I know because I experienced the dreaded chewing up of cheap pencils for 12 years.

While I love writing with a pencil, pencils are not my favorite school supply to buy. Pens are, and not just any pen, but the Paper Mate Ink Joy pens. The first time I wrote with one was at the lawyer’s office when we rented our house and then again when we closed on it. I almost kept the lawyer’s pen because I loved it so much. What a keen eye our lawyer had, because she wrote down the type of pen it was, so I could get my own. She liked her pen!
We all have our favorite school supply we buy every year. Mine are pens. I LOVE pens, Paper Mate Ink Joy pens are my favorite. Full of fun colors. l frogslilypad.net


Last year, I bought clickable pens. I like retractable pens, but I don’t like to find a pen that has been left open in the pen holder to collect bits of dust. Yeah, that just ruins my doodling artwork. These pens have been known to find themselves anywhere throughout our house and several are in my purse.

We all have our favorite school supply we buy every year. Mine are pens. I LOVE pens, Paper Mate Ink Joy pens are my favorite. Full of fun colors. l frogslilypad.net


This year, I didn’t see the clickable pens, but I did find the pens with caps. I think I like these a lot better. With these, I won’t be finding the rubber grip removed and folded inside out and put back on the pen like I did with the retractable pens. I have no clue who would do such a thing! Who am I kidding,  I do. :)

Whichever pen I use, I find it writes beautifully every time even on the first writing or doodling project. The ink is pretty cool, after year, all the pens that can be found are still writing beautifully and the ink is still a nice “ball point pen” ink - no chunky junk.

Do you have favorite school supply to buy?

We all have our favorite school supply we buy every year. Mine are pens. I LOVE pens, Paper Mate Ink Joy pens are my favorite. Full of fun colors. l frogslilypad.net

8 comments

  1. Me too! I don't buy supplies until I need them. Who needs to buy mountains of STUFF just to store it for a while, right? I do need a one subject notebook for my daughter and a bunch of mechanical pencils. (I buy these THICK pencils for my son as he fine motor delay.) I'll look around for InkJoy. My daughter prefers pens now. My favorite supply? Post its! I use them to mark curriculum pages, a certain color for each child, in my bible to mark verses I want to reflect on, books I'm reading for the library (for bookmarks that don't fall out on me). And you can get some pretty neat Post its now!

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  2. I love post it notes! I also use them to mark curriculum pages. A lady I used to work with used them for her to do list. She had them sticking to the wall behind her desk, she'd pull a post it when the job was completed. Some weeks the wall was covered in little notes.

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  3. I will have to look for those pens. I am a little bit of pen snob! The pencils you mentioned are the only ones I buy. That brand was required in first grade and now I know why. I cringe when we are gifted the cute dollar store pencils. I usually use those for our Sunday school class.

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  4. I have many dollar store pencils that have been given to us. I'm about ready to donate them to a worthy cause - Sunday School :) I love that!

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  5. I love post-it notes, too. I bought some small ones recently to use to note out-of-the-ordinary things I'd need for a particular lesson, plus for ordinary use. A few days later, I opened a little-used drawer in our entertainment center and found about a dozen more packs! I shouldn't need any for a while!

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  6. I bought a new pencil sharpener to use this year. I got fed up with the little hand-held ones and didn't want an electric one. When I taught school, we had an electric sharpener in the room and they always burned up too quickly. I thought about getting the traditional kind that i grew up with but read about one that was supposed to be really great. It's the Carl Angel-5 and it comes in different colors. We got the blue one. Gracie LOVES using it, and it makes scary-sharp points. Unfortunately, it also enhances how cheap the cheap pencils are.

    I'll be looking for those pens. The colors are so nice and bright!

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  7. That sounds like me. I put things away and forget about them until after I buy more.

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  8. Electric sharpeners are nice when you don't have 100 pencils being run through it. I went through 6 sharpeners my last year teaching first grade. I even had two manual sharpeners going with those electric sharpeners. I've never heard of that sharpener, I'll have to check it out.

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