Dear Arts Educators,
My problem was what to do with all of my surplus of pencils (smile). Once I
had them tell me something they were thankful for in order to use one of my
pencils, I never had to worry. I got them all back and in one piece. One can
of 24 pencils would last me a very long time - maybe even all year. I would
put the shorties into a freebie can. The can of 24 were nice length with
erasers. Of course I had regular erasers, too -- and usually got by with
just 24 of those for a very long time too. I wonder what happened with all
of the surplus I had in my room?
Here is a sure way to get all of YOUR pencils back in one piece:
See Jeannie Sandoval's FUN idea! This works for middlers who forget.
My guess is they stay out of the mouth, too.
Anyways...on the germs thing. It is the classroom teacher's responsibilty to
drop them all off at the rest room after art and before lunch to wash their
hands...Let him or her worry about germs (smile). I did have soapy water
buckets and paper towels for each table when I taught elementary - that
worked for me (now they have antibacterial dishwashing soap, too that is
cheap). I don't recall anyone getting sick from a pencil (smile).
Hope this helps with the pencils woes... I sure had fun sharing it again.
Judy Decker - Ohio
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