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Why is public/private school so expensive?

Why is public/private school so expensive?

I’m not talking about the price you pay to enroll. I keep seeing all these lists kids need now to go back to school and I’m baffled.  It seems they bring everything but the kitchen sink. I’m not surprised they say homeschooling is growing, it’s cheaper and your child gets to learn at there own pace with a much better teacher to student ratio.

I understand notebooks, folders, pens, pencils, crayons/colored pencils/markers.  But I’m noticing that schools demand specific brands of things like scissors.  I was looking at a kindergarten list and it said 8 Broad Tip Markers – why 8 on the first day? Who gives the average kindergartner markers?  Also since when have we had to provide our own box of tissues?

For 6th Grade a child needs 1 white and 1 pink eraser.  Why does the color matter?

In 10th Grade they need a pocket dictionary and thesaurus.  Don’t they go to the library for those let alone each class I was in had a dictionary when I went.  They also need an agenda book/student planner which my school provided when I went.  Possibly most baffling is a stapler and staple remover. Not only do these count as weapons in some schools but why are they removing staples from anything other than paper?

Fast Forward to High School and you need to bring 3 Red Pens.  Last I knew other than maybe 1 for art classes, teachers were the only ones allowed to use red.

This does not even include the clothes that parents have to get, including gym clothes and (depending on the school) swimming.

Check out your school’s demands

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The Green Daisy Giveaway Ends 9/5

The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass is happy to have teamed up with Pea of Sweetness to bring you this great eco-friendly giveaway. This would be a great prize to save for a birthday or Christmas.

The Green Daisy Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

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Visit Pea of Sweetness to read her full review of The Green Daisy products. Use the code Sweetness on your order at The Green Daisy at checkout to receive 20% off your order! (This code expires 9/15)

About the prize: One winner will receive Yellow-Green Dot Washi Tape, a Bough Notebook, and Butterfly Drift Gift Wrap!

About the giveaway: This giveaway begins on 8/22 and ends on 9/5 at 11:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may be different than yours. The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Cheap Educational Supplies

I want to share a great find I ran across that would be great for helping your preschooler out, homeschooling or supplemental education.

Yesterday I took my son to the dollar store to get some of those amazingly useful pink plastic bags. You know the ones for diapers on the go, I use them for stinky diapers at home too.

Anyway I saw dry erase boards at the dollar store and they were double sided.  Yep I got a few, because I know my little one will destroy them (after all you get what you pay for). Oh and as a bonus the other side is also dry erase and it’s blank so great for almost anything including artwork. Lets face it you need to practice!

I also saw educational cards for toddlers too! 3 packs of the cards were a dollar.  Even if they don’t last long very worth it!

I am not affiliated with the dollar store in anyway, this is just a great frugal find I ran across and wanted to share.

Weekly Writing idea for kids

I will be sharing one weekly writing idea for kids each week for the summer. Let them write whatever form they like (or you choose). Then you can send it in the mail, put them in a binder to save, or whatever else you come up with.

This weeks idea: Did you spend much time with friends this summer? What did you do together?

Or: Choose five words to describe your summer. Why does each word fit your experience?

Dragon King Review

I recently had the opportunity to review the book and audiobook “The Dragon King” by Vivian Slade.

The e-version I was given was 64 pages long, it had nice graphics. The audiobook had 14 “chapters.” My son and I listened to the audiobook together instead of me reading to him.  He was not a fan of the musical chapters on it, however he was riveted by the story and enjoyed the music in short bursts.  I think an older child would enjoy the musical chapters, it might have just been a bit much for a toddler.

I thought the storyline was interesting and able to keep a 1 year old’s attention for 1 chapter at a time.  I liked the vocabulary chosen to expose children to.  I am saving my copy for when my son is older and can read it with me.  This is a book I can see a child re-reading a few times.

This book would be good for practicing a child’s vocabulary, reading skill, listening skill, and art skills.  You could draw a character, scene or act it out.

Each character was a different person’s voice in the audiobook.  I don’t want to spoil the story but  I think my favorite character might be the dragon.

I recommend checking it out, you can get the kindle version free right now if you have prime.  I’d go with the audio book just to mix it up as I read to my son every night.  I’d also recommend it for a car trip if your child enjoys audiobooks at all.

Available on Amazon Kindle and as an audiobook

Scooby Doo Halloween Costume Review

Did you notice that Halloween is coming up soon?  Halloween is my favorite holiday. Halloween Adventure provided me with a toddler Scooby Doo Costume to review, all opinions are my own.

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Some Deal Site’s I’d Like to Share

While I don’t have time to post great deals from all the sites I check every day, I would like you to have the option of checking them out yourself. Read more [+]