My retiring colleague left me dozens of empty plastic pencil
boxes. So each child will start the year with a pencil box with
pencils and a box of crayons inside. On each table will be a
bin to keep the home/school folder, and their writing folders. I
ordered plastic bins from Oriental Trading Company for that.
I have a divided bin, which I used last year, for each table.
I'll put some glue sticks and some scissors in each of these,
but they won't be kept at the table constantly -- only brought
out when a daily project requires scissors and glue. Similarly,
I'll be able to add a box of markers, for when a project calls
for markers. I figure I will keep those up out of reach in the
Art area of my room.
I looked at the chair bags when I was at I Teach K conference in
Las Vegas, earlier this month. A couple of different vendors had
them. As one who loves to sew, I could easily make those.
However, I could see more things wrong with the idea than the
good things about them.
Thanks for all the comments, I really appreciate it!