Pencils Shmencils

So sorry I've been M.I.A. lately!!! Dealing with some know the deal. :-)

I wanted to share one of the smartest things I've done this year.... to save me some serious wasted time!!!!

I HATE sharpening pencils. I love my new Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener, but hate taking the time to stand there and sharpen when I have a bazillion other things I should be doing; like going home to put on my jammies grading papers...

So... I had parents sign up to take home pencils. I sell them on the fact that it's something the kids can do to learn responsibility! And it keeps their kids busy for 20 minutes while they watch Dancing with the Stars...! 

They sign up for one night per week, and I send home the pencils and a pencil sharpener (NOT my new Classroom Friendly one!!! Because nobody gets to touch that except me!!!) 

Then the kids come in the morning with a big smile and all of the sharpened pencils and I didn't waste ANY time! 

You can use this form if you'd like! 

Super cute frame by Teaching in a Small Town
And don't worry...the red squiggly lines aren't on the Google Doc!!!

Maybe this can help you...?
How do keep pencils sharpened in your classroom???


  1. Haha good idea! I hate sharpening pencils so I may just have to use this!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  2. SO smart! I always seem to be sharpening pencils two minutes before my kiddos come in each morning! =)

    Ms. Smith
    Adventures of Ms. Smith

  3. I send my pencils home, too! The children love when it's their turn to take them home. The best part is, I never have to sharpen pencils! Yayyyyyyy!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  4. Glad to have you back! Cute idea by the way.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  5. OH, sweet idea!! I HATE standing there and sharpening 50 pencils but I do not want my babies touching my new super awesome pencil sharpener , i just know they will accidently break it! The inevitable.. I love your blog, I'm a new follower :)

    Primary Teacherhood

  6. We just got our BEP money in- so hopefully I will be using one of these sharpeners soon!

    Going Nutty!

  7. Oh! Aren't you a smart one!?!
    What a fabulous idea!

  8. I just had one of those "Why didn't I think of that before?!" moments. Thanks so much :)

    Sugar and Spice

  9. You're a genius!!! Love,Love, LOVE this!!!

    Tammy & Christy

  10. This is brilliant! I always complain that sharpening pencils is my LEAST favorite teacher-job! I can see some of my students loving this job! Maybe even a Student of the Week special job for the week??

    Thanks for the idea!

    Wishful Teaching