It's like I have a sickness.... I adore office/ school supplies. I love the sweet smell of sharpened pencils in the morning! Towards the end of last school year, my teacher partner and I began to fantasize over a little pencil sharpener that we have been seeing around the Internet.... best of all, it's been teacher endorsed and the company is run by a teacher.
If you haven't met this precious little thing... let me introduce you to another back-to-school must have!
It arrived fast- like within the week!
I tested it out.... totally loved it. However, the true test is whether a first grader can do it (thus leaving me alone to teach the rest of the class!)
We started school this week- I know, it's a Michigan thing. Anyway, in preparation for the littles that seem to literally eat pencils each year, I asked a 5th grade helper (Alex- Nature Girl's son) to test it out. Yes, I conned him into working for me in order to figure out the mechanics of it all (he's THAT kid- I'm sure he would have dissected it if I weren't there!). Alex was amazed. I was amazed at Alex's excitement. Again, a teacher's kid!
We all know that the true test of all sharpeners is the colored pencils. I'm happy to say that I sharpened about 3 dozen of those before I hit a snag.... cue sad music. I panicked. Oh, crap- I broke it! I didn't really, just broke off a tip when I was watching
True Blood PBS. I easily took it apart and shook out the lead.
This week, I also had some firsties test it out. They didn't know why (we had 50 sharpened on the other side of the room), but did it anyway. They are 6 years old- they'll agree to just about any "helper" jobs, no matter how lame :)
There you have it! A true test of a new favorite. Now, to make sure my hallway teachers don't snag it from my desk.
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Hurray! I made it through the first week back to school!