Well, those days are over, my friends. Now, we need stuff- LOTS of stuff- to be educated.
I am new to the school supply madness game. In the past, I have bought a few packages of pencils, some pens, paper, a package of 64 crayons (because I'm a cool mom who lets her kids have lots of different colors), and checked to make sure that we had some glue and scissors on hand. Then, if I was feeling especially generous, each child got to pick out a binder. This year, however, the kids will be in private school part time, and I had school supply LISTS. I went to Wal-Mart armed with the lists and started to fill my cart.
There's something to be said for limiting oneself and working within certain parameters. In fact, limitation can actually breed creativity. When we say, "this and no more," we force ourselves to think, "How can I accomplish my desired result with what I've got right here?" I realized when I looked at the LIST for the classes I'll be teaching that some of my requests were omitted. That's okay. With a little thought, I came up with a work-around. Maybe we don't need all the extra stuff to make a Roman history timeline. Maybe we can come up with a method that uses what we already have on hand. It takes a little brain power, and a lot of willpower, but it saves money and hassle. Remember, the more stuff we have, the more effort we have to put into storing, maintaining, and replacing it.
But, for now, I'm just going to be the mom who sends her kids to school with half of the stuff on the list, and then waits to see how much they're really going to need. And maybe next year, I'll just buy them all slates.