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********Updated August 2020********

No matter what grade your child is entering, they MUST use a pencil. You can get away with not sending a binder or backpack (I highly recommend sending a backpack, though. ‘Cause they usually send home lots of important papers) on the first day. However, it’s a wise idea to send at least one pencil and notebook.

Let me tell you about my ALL time FAVORITE pencil. Yes, I have a favorite brand. Dixon Ticonderoga pencils are AWESOME!

Reasons I Like Ticonderoga Pencils

1. The lead doesn’t break easily – no need to have to keep sharpening pencils and waste time.

2. They are easy to sharpen. When it is time to sharpen them, your child won’t need to stand at the sharpener all day missing out on that math lesson.

3. Smooth writing. I can’t say more.

4. A good eraser. Yikes! Keep that paper as neat as possible.

A group of people sitting around writing on paper.

My kids writing with their Ticonderoga Pencils

Along with a great pencil, I recommend sending a personal pencil sharpener. Honestly, I never thought much about sending a personal pencil sharpener with my kids, as it was never listed on their school supply lists.

Last year, my 4th grader (now 5th grade) came home asking if we had an extra pencil sharpener she could take to school. Hmmm…..no, but I told her I would run out to get her one the next day.

She came home the following day with a cute little light bulb pencil sharpener her teacher provided to each student. The reason the teacher did this was an excellent idea and one I never really considered. It kept kids in their seats. Personal pencil sharpeners kept the distraction down and eliminated the line at the electric pencil sharpener during class time.

My daughter loved having her personal pencil sharpener because she didn’t have to interrupt the teacher and she didn’t have to wait in line during morning sharpening times. She was able to use that time visiting with her seatmates or getting started on her morning work a bit early.

Pencils For Distance Learning

My then 5th grader is now entering her freshman year of High School. Time sure does fly.

There’s a lot of changes and unknowns because of COVID-19. Our state is 100% distance learning to begin the school year. I had to pause and come up with a plan to handle virtual school this fall. And I must admit, I forgot about getting school supplies. Hmmmm……

Back To School Shopping In 2020 Is Going to Be Different

Back to school shopping in 2020 is going to be a bit different. You may not shop for clothes, but your child still needs school supplies.

Don’t forget! Cause, hmmmmm….I did. SMH

They will use their laptops for distance learning, but regardless of the grade they are entering, there are a few basic items they will need.

  • pencils
  • pens
  • paper
  • crayons
  • color pencils
  • folders

And no worries…

Ticonderoga also makes pencils for your beginning writers; Ticonderoga Beginners.

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