This all started with the School Supplies List for Kindergarten. The list has 30 items. Whatever happened to pencils, notebooks, and crayons??
I get it.
Schools have smaller budgets and teachers want to do more and more with the students every year. Which, I suppose is why I am asked to buy Crayola Twistable Crayons, Expo Broad Tip White Board Markers, 12 count Ticonderoga pencils, sharpened. I know that Crayola crayons are the best, and I know that the pencils that aren’t real wood don’t sharpen well. I also know that these school supplies aren’t my daughter’s supplies; they are intended for the class. They are intended for families who don’t fulfill the list.
The list is demanding and comes off with a hint of entitlement, and I strongly want to BE the family who doesn’t fulfill the list.
I’m asked to bring SOAP, and baby wipes, KLEENEX, specifically, and ZIPLOC bags.
And that’s where they lost me entirely.
Like the Crayola crayons, and Kellogg’s frosted mini-wheats, and a few other random objects (apparently these TICONDEROGA pencils), I also know that some generic products do not compare to their name brand counterpart. Some people swear by TIDE detergent. I personally have never used it, honestly, I have never purchased it, not even once, and still feel that all of my clothes are as clean as they are ever going to be.
Well maybe that’s because I do laundry daily versus letting it sit all week in a damp stinky pile and spend my E-N-T-I-R-E Sunday trapped inside the house I have been in all week long, doing laundry, of all things. I might need a different detergent then. But that’s an argument for my husband and me to have…
You could even tell me that some El Cheapo tissues out there won’t contain a sneeze. Well, maybe not, but I know of several other brand names that do. And are cheaper. And Scotties even plants three trees for every one they cut down. Can we get a little but of environmental responsibility here?
I vowed not to buy the Ziploc bags, and I didn’t. As a responsible consumer, I couldn’t bring myself to do it when the Dollar General brand had 30 more bags in the box and was a dollar less. I’m certain that somewhere, someone will say, Oh but the zippers will wear out faster on those cheap bags and Ziploc holds 4 lbs more without splitting the seams.
WHAT. ARE THEY DOING. WITH THESE BAGS???
I use the generics at home. I haven’t encountered any problems with them. Call me crazy, maybe this is the point I am trying to make, but I am CAREFUL with my things. I teach my children to be careful with their things, and take care of them. We ALWAYS put the caps back on our markers completely. Hello, I have a scornful RoseArt set that has last me since 1996. YES. I am actually that old. I know you don’t believe it.
I even let the kids use these markers. Haven’t heard a complaint one about the colors not being bright enough, or whatever the argument is why we all must have name brand markers.
Not the crayons. I’m totally behind the crayons.
Crayola won’t melt in your car on a hot summer day.
Totally worth it’s weight in gold.
Teachers, I’m not a Rule Breaker, I love rules. I know you want to do everything you can for these children, or you wouldn’t put up with all of the bull-crap-baloney that I know you do have to put up with in a school system. I know you are operating on a very low school supplies budget, and an even lower salary to go buy these things on your own.
But I am teaching my children that we don’t always buy the most expensive thing on the shelf. We make do with what we have on hand or what we can afford. We are thankful for the blessings of anything we have, and that we get to freely walk into a store, make a choice of our own, and buy, from a variety of options on the shelf.
I’m teaching them not be to demanding. To be appreciative, and gracious. To be environmentally conscious, which sometimes does mean just cutting back. I’m teaching them how use generics when they can, and save the splurge for something good, really good. Not a box of name brand tissues.
I can’t wait to see what they learn in your class. I intend to fully support you in your classroom rules and decisions. Except for going on a wild goose hunt for scratch and sniff stickers. And buying name brands where the generic is comparable on every level. Then, I’m afraid, I’ll just have to be “That Parent.”
What’s your take on the School Supplies list for Your Classroom? Are they over the top? Would you do anything for your teachers? Are you a teacher and you think I’m just being a pain in the rear? Please leave me a comment below; I’d love to know.
And I‘ll send you all the coupons for the name brand items so you can go exchange what I bring in for what you really want. Even though those bags will still be cheaper even after you use your coupon.