March 27, 2013

ordering supplies

I sat down today and continued to write out order forms for supplies.
This year I diligently wrote down ideas for things I would like to buy when they occurred to me.

That came in really handy today when I was searching through my art supply brochures.

Last year I added a page to my blog called
It is located on my right sidebar. >>
If you haven't seen it check it out for some of my favorite supplies and last year purchases.

As I am working on my order I am wondering
What are you ordering this year?
What can you NOT live without?

Stay tuned for a post in the near future about my order.

17 comments:

  1. sharpie markers and better quality paper are on my list! I worked from the former teachers list for my supply order this first year, and he had half 60# paper and half 80# and I haven't touched the 60# stuff at all! It's destined to the free-draw pile soon.

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more! I think I should buy stock in Sharpie Markers. I go through SO many in one year.

      And yes, high quality paper is a must!

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  2. I order lots of the same supplies you do! I love Magic Rub erasers! I am buying some
    new Faber Castel colored Pencils, they have thick led and are 3-sided so they don't roll off the table....HOORAY! I agree w/ MarieE, 60# paper is free-draw paper, I use 80#or 90#! I also make sure to purchase good quality watercolor paper to paint on!!!

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    1. Ok, I have "good" colored pencils on my list for needed supplies. I am tired of low-quality colored pencils that just don't sharpen. UGH. I am going to look into the colored pencils you speak of. ;)

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  3. I just placed a big order too. In addition to the sharpies, magic rub and good paper, I ordered a class pack of markers and true flow glaze.

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    1. This was the first year I didn't order any markers...well any original markers. They are always on sale at Walmart in August for a dollar. So I am going to wait. But I did order tropical, bold, etc. :)

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  4. I really love payons (watercolor crayons) for my first graders. When they add water to their coloring and it transforms to paint, they look at me like I'm a magician!

    Crayola brand oil pastels are absolutely fabulous and totally worth the money.

    I have to have watercolor paper around at all times. Using regular paper to try to teach watercolor techniques like wet-on-wet... that's just bad news.

    Quality student staplers are a must, I think. I have the red Swinglines and they are awesome. However, it's important to use the Swingline staples or they'll jam (boooo!).

    And yes, Sharpies GALORE!

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    1. Ok, first...

      I have never heard of Payons. I am now going to go check these out. :)
      Mostly because I love being a magician.

      I do have a class pack of Crayola oil pastels. Hooray!

      What watercolor paper do you order?

      Now, I have to ask. What do you use all those staplers for? Seriously...this is intriguing.

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  5. Cannot live without: Elmer's Glue-All, Art Paste (for papier-mache), good paper, tempera and student acrylics with extra white and yellow, good paper, Mod Podge, black Sharpies. And lots of other stuff...

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    1. Yes, glue-all is wonderful! A must!

      Mod Podge!! I love this stuff.

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  6. I just started my list also as I am running out of stuff. My list includes masking tape, fine point and ultra fine point sharpies, papier mache paste, water colors and glue sticks (the large ones).

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    1. I got an email about your comment and I was so confused at first because when I reply to anyone's comment I also get an email that says from "Jen". So I thought I had posted this comment... sigh, I should be use to other people with my name out there :)

      Yes, I have masking tape too. I've thought about getting fine point sharpies, but last year I got mark it pens that were permanent and those worked great.

      I stopped using glue sticks after my first year. I found the caps were always drying on there and the only one that could get the lid off was me. My palms hurt so bad!

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  7. I am starting my bulk order now also. With budget cuts they say are coming I was giving serious thought to not ordering markers. Yikes! But I have 850 students and they just don't last very long. My budget is only $1200 and markers for so many is pricey.
    Any thoughts?

    My other items to buy are, good paper (white and construction), Glue-All, erasers, tissue paper, tie dye, pencils.
    Last year I replaced a lot of old oil pastels, color pencils I crayons, so I don't feel like I need to get those this year. But my order is already over budget! Help!

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    1. Ok. Here is my thought. Don't order markers. Wait until August when they are on sale at Wal-mart for $1. Stock up. Imagine spending like 20 bucks and getting 20 packages of markers. That could be doable!

      I only have 350 students and a budget of 700 dollars. However, every year I do the original works program at my school. That usually doubles my budget. If you can do that, I would. It takes work, but hey, extra money is nice. Also...my school budget doesn't spill over into the next year if I don't spend it. But the Original Works account is set-up as a club...so it does roll over. So if I don't spend it all...it just continues to multiply.

      Here is another thought. At the beginning of the year if you have a back to school night, do something like seen in this link. I always get lots of donations from parents for the things I ask for.

      http://drawthelineat.blogspot.com/2012/08/back-to-school-night.html

      Also at the end of the year ask students to bring you their supplies they brought to school at the beginning of the year. It is amazing how many markers still work. Have your oldest grade level go through all the donations and test them out, plus sort them. You can get a lot of good things this way.

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    2. Thanks so much for your ideas. I do collect things at the end of the year. But maybe I should save my classroom money for August. I'll have to ask if I can.
      I've never heard of "Original Works". Like a club but not?

      I think most of my parents would not have money to donate extra supplies at the beginning of school, but maybe at P/T conferences or something?

      Any more ideas please pass them on to me! I'm always open to new ideas. :)

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    3. I just did a new blog post thanks to your comments. Check them out for answers to your questions and more suggestions!

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