You all know my pet peeve with pencils. If you work with me (red hallway peeps who read my blog), you’ll remember the day I walked around with a HUGE bag of broken pencils, trying to uncover the mystery of how 25 kids could possibly go through almost 200 pencils in a matter of weeks. I was
annoyed, mad, confused, frustrated not a happy teacher.
However, my pet peeve is gone! “Pencil Peace” has returned to first grade. I’ve mentioned the Classroom Friendly Supplies’ amazing pencil sharpener briefly before, but I’m here to do a complete review of this awesome sharpener. They were kind enough to send me a sharpener to test out with my kiddos and review. I will also share how and why I have not heard the words “I can’t find my pencil.” or “My pencil broke.” in the past six weeks. SIX WEEKS!
I’ve tried the old “blunt” and “sharp” bucket. That worked out well for….8 hours. My kids would simply trade their pencils in to get a new one, even if it wasn’t completely blunt. So, of course, we
made an anchor chart, had a class meeting, wrote a song about it, practiced it, choreographed a dance about it, talked about it, but that didn’t work. They also thought it was okay to lose their pencils because there was a whole bucket of new ones that just magically replenished itself.
Not anymore! One night (I’ll admit, this part was not fun), I sharpened 6 pencils for each child and placed them in a baggie.