I love the buckets and pails of our brightly colored supplies all lined up... Such a promising array, it invites us to just dive into whatever we are doing! I love the little pails I found at Target for holding supplies of a certain type. The handles make them easy to pick up and tote around the house, which mine definitely do! As far as what we fill our little buckets with? A favorite teaching supply is a pristine new box of Mr. Sketch scented markers. They are vividly colored, chisel tips make them thin enough to write with, they last FOREVER, and they smell nice. A box usually lasts me at least the year. I use them to write our word wall word cards, check our work, and write books with the kids. I love them enough to have a set for the kids and a separate set for me. (I hate it when the tips get mashed, this way, kids can do what they like with theirs and I don't feel compelled to supervise) I also love Ticonderoga pencils and the Staedtler pencil sharpener. These pencils hold a sharp point, and this pencil sharpener is the only one that really does the job. The blade is sharp enough to shave a fine, smooth point repeatedly. And it doesn't dull as quickly as the cheap sharpeners do. Great investment of only a few dollars. Their erasers, Staedtler-Mars, are also outstanding. They erase without leaving a ghost or ripping the paper. Another favorite are Fiskar's scissors. My adult pair makes cutting a pleasure, although I've had trouble finding any for the kids that don't have the cheap, hard plastic on the handles instead of the soft comfort grip. I also couldn't do without index cards and colored Post-it notes. We label the top of the post-it notes and leave the top edge sticking out of our notebooks to make it easy to find both the right subject and the current pages I want the kids to look at. Index cards get used to write new spelling words and to make the endless sets of cards we use to play games. Go Fish, Bingo and Concentration work well for so many subjects! Finally, spiral notebooks. We use one per subject to keep things organized and maintain a record of what we've accomplished. I glue work into these, as well, so everything can be found in one spot. Do I seem to wax poetic about school supplies? I love them!