These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…

What is my favorite thing about August, besides the fact that both of my boys were born in August?

The back to school sales!

Yep, I’m nuts about them. I love stocking up (my husband calls it hoarding, I call it being prepared, lol) on all those fun school supplies. I can go pretty crazy over a lot of the things that are on sale, but there are a few items that I think you just can’t have too many of.

Spiral notebooks are wonderful. When they are $.10 each, I generally buy 10 for each boy. They can use them to doodle in, journal in, whatever.

Disposable mechanical pencils are an absolute. Yes, normal pencils are cheaper, but my time is more important to me than the difference in the cost between regular or mechanical pencils. Spend two hours in one day sharpening pencils and you’ll understand where I’m coming from.

Glue sticks are my most favorite. I will start my school year off with 50 glue sticks and by the time next year’s sale starts I will be down to zero.

What school supplies do you stock up on each summer?

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Are Your Kids Still Learning Cursive?

As an adult, I can safely say that the only time I ever use cursive handwriting is when I sign my name. I don’t use it for note taking, I don’t use it for general purposes; I just don’t use it. I look at how much time was spent teaching cursive to us when we were in school and I cringe at how much time I feel was wasted.

I know that there are many people who will disagree with me, but it’s becoming more and more apparent that there are also many people who feel the same way. I know public school children who don’t even know how to sign their name, much less do anything else in cursive. In my local homeschool group, several parents said they just want their children to be able to write legibly and creatively and they don’t feel that learning cursive is as important as it was once thought.

For my own children, it’s never been brought up. My oldest is in 7th grade and he came up with his own way of signing his name; kinda a mix between printed and cursive. And I’m ok with that. My youngest is in 2nd grade and it’s all I can do to get him to pick up a pencil (he would rather type everything, lol), so cursive isn’t on my mind there either.

Are your kids still learning cursive, either in school or by your instruction?

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