I love the back to school sales that happen this time of the year. New technology has made it simpler to find the best of the best deals and save money. A working mom of three has to watch her spending! So last week it was crayons and folders and this week it is notebooks. I still need pencils and erasers and anything else I can find at dirt cheap prices. Why do I stock up? It’s for my kids. And as all teachers know I mean the kids in my classroom. I don’t want anything to stop the creativity, learning, and progress in our classroom so I stock up. I have extra supplies for the kids who are without. I have extra supplies for the parents who have every intention of buying a second notebook mid year and are busy with groceries and schedules and life. I have extra supplies for my kids who need them. We don’t let excuses stop learning, we solve problems and learn from failure and move forward. And so we need supplies. I am waiting or sharpies to go on sale. They are my personal favorite and I have learned add a spark of persistence to a child who can use them on a final project. So throughout the month of back to school supplies I shop for my kids. I shop because learning is messy and creative and fun.