- Pencil sharpeners are fun. You can stick in a perfectly good pencil and chew it down to nothing if you push hard enough. What kid can resist that?
- Those erasers are YUMMY!
- NOT having a pencil makes that funny vein stick out on your teachers neck. It's fun to tell her/him that you don't have a pencil multiple times a day.
- Losing your pencil requires you to walk around the room for an undetermined amount of time to look for a new one. This gives you time to NOT do any work.
- Picking the lead out of the end of the pencil (or the metal off of the top) can be challenging but if you put your mind to it, it's pretty cool when they come off.
- If you lose a pencil it's no problem, everyone else has one that looks just the same (and probably still has that yummy eraser!) so you can just take one and no one will ever know.
|This is 2 classes worth of pencils: 1 pencil each!|
|That's after 9 weeks of use!|
How do you make them? Easy peasy....
|First: Attach a label to the pencil. (Print their names on the first)|
|Next: Smooth down the edges of the label.|
|Then: Add scotch tape at an angle and wrap it to cover the label.|
|Last: Enjoy all of your free time now that you don't have to worry about pencils!|
That's that! I started this 3 years ago when I taught first grade and have used the same pencil strategy for the last 2 in Kinder and it works for all. As an added bonus, I collect them each day and hand them out each morning. This has two advantages:
#1 I can quickly sharpen them as needed so I don't have to listen to the pencil sharpener.....EVER! and
#2 I use them to take attendance. Once I give my quick directions in the a.m. I hand out their pencils and they get straight to work and I have a physical reminder to take attendance.
I hope this has been helpful to you. I promise, if you are fed up with pencils this will get you through to the end of the year. Enjoy the remainder of you weekend and have a great week! I have lots to share this week so don't forget to check back!