My #1 Needed School Supply

 X-Acto Electric Pencil Sharpener $19.58

This year my first born goes into 1st grade. I am not as experienced as Cathy or Kearna who will have 5 and 4 kids in school this year. Last year during Kindergarten we could never find a sharp pencil or a pencil sharpener when it came time to do homework. So this year I am getting us this X-Acto Electric Pencil Sharpener. I just know that my kids are going to love it and so am I!

While I am shopping Amazon I am going to also order a case of “The Worlds Best Pencils“.

Dixon Ticonderoga Woodcase Pencils $13.71

These Dixon Ticonderoga Woodcase Pencils come in a 96 pack so that makes them only .14 each!

Don’t forget you can always get free shipping with Amazon Mom!

What other tips do you experienced Mom’s of school age kids have for me?


  • Susan

    Monica, my kiddo and her classmates use those cheap disposable mechanical pencils. If you can find them on sale, they’re great to have on hand in place of (or addition to) wood pencils.

    • Oh Susan… you have yet to write with the awesomeness of Ticonderoga pencils. Once you’ve used one, you’ll never go back to anything else! 🙂

      • Susan

        Ah, well, I guess I didn’t realize there was that much of a difference in wood pencil brands. I’ll have to check out the Ticonderoga sometime. 🙂

        My 7th grader and her friends think regular looking wood pencils are “so lame” (rightly or wrongly 🙂 ) In reading through all the papers that came home from school yesterday, even those papers recommended mechanicals with extra lead. I won’t invest in qualilty mechanical pencils for my kiddo at this age because of how frequently pencils go missing. But the big boxes of disposables are so cheap during school supply sales and the kiddo likes them because they come in a rainbow of colors.

  • Susan

    I have an electric pencil sharpener and it does work really well, but when my daughter was around that age, she liked it so much that she would grind pencils down too much. For a while I had to put it away so she wouldn’t use it as a toy and not only grined pencils down to stumps but also grind up anything that would fit in there — straws, chopsticks, skinny dog chewies, pixie sticks, one of those honey candy stick thingies.

    They are great and work a lot better than the little handheld kind, but just a heads up on giving youngsters unsupervised access to it. 🙂

    • Thanks for the advice. I can totally see my boys grinding up everything under the sun. I think I will keep my pencil sharpener in a covert location.

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