Friday, May 29, 2015

Pencil Points

As a teacher sharpening pencils is often one of those dreaded, never-ending, but necessary chores.  And after 15 years of teaching, This past year I finally decided that I am the one who sharpens.  The students like to use that as a way to procrastinate and I'd rather they did something more meaningful if a "break" is needed (rocking chair, stretches, etc).  Our wall sharpener just does not work, it's loud, it falls off, and it's annoying.  I've resorted to using the small, hand held, cheap plastic sharpeners, but I run through them often to keep them sharp.

But not any more!!!

I now have this beauty!

And I am never going back!

This Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener is amazing!  I received one through the mail in return for reviewing it and since I was contemplating purchasing one anyway, it was a great win win.  And I love it!  You can see it HERE.

Those black pieces above where the pencil goes pinch together which opens and closes grippers at the place where the pencil goes in.  It holds the pencil TIGHT.  As you turn the handle in the back, the part that sticks out slowly brings the pencil in as it sharpens.  And it is QUIET.  So super quiet.

On the bottom of the sharpener are rubber grips, but it also has a clamp which will hold it even better on a shelf, desk, etc.  I used it on a chair seat since my dining table isn't solid underneath.  It barely budged.

I love this sharpener.  Since I'm currently out of school I used this at home as you can tell, but I cannot WAIT to bring it to school come August!!!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

Olivia - 14

Olivia - 14

Braeden - 11

Braeden - 11

Liam - 9

Liam - 9

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Little did I know that the road would be so rocky
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Little did I know that my heart could hurt so much
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Little did I know that my heart, so large, could grow

Little did I know that a dream has it’s own timing
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But God knew all along and He had a plan to follow
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