Thursday, July 10, 2014

Review for Classroom Friendly Supplies

Hey you all. I hope you all are enjoying your summer vacation.  So like I said in my previous post I am working on the order for next year.  As many of you it is hard to find one that does a great job.   So I googled “Worlds best pencil sharpener”  And this is what popped up So I clicked on the website and checked it out.  I contacted them, and they sent me one of their pencil sharpers to review.  
So first of all it is made of metal which is great there is a clear plastic tray which you can see all the shavings for easy clean up.   To sharpen a pencil you have to pull out the silver part and pinch the two black tabs and insert the pencil. You don’t even have to hold the pencil while sharping it.  Then you just turn the crank. While you are sharping it you will feel when your pencil has come to a great point.
This week I teaching summer school so it is not getting the full abuse like it would during the regular school year. 
One of the other summer school teachers need to sharpen pencil I introduce her to pencil sharpener.  After I showed her how to use it she sharpened about 20 pencils.  She thought it was great and their should be one in every classroom. 
On their website they say it is very quite when sharpening pencil.  I notices that it is a little loud when you first start sharping it then it get pretty quite after that.  I think this pencil sharpener will work great with older grades 3-5 with a little training on it.  I feel that grades k-2 will have a hard time and a lot more training on it to use it. 
There are few things that bother me about it.
1.        When teaching are I order different size of pencils a little bigger ones for the younger students. The Classroom Friendly pencil sharpener will not sharpen those pencil.  And I am not sure there is a way to fix this with their design.
2.       When you get a pencil sharpener from them it comes with a little clamp that can attach to any table.  But it comes lose.  I wish I would come with something that you can permanently attach it to a table or counter.
3.       Teaching art I sharpen any kinds of pencils all day along.  I wish they had a bigger disposal tray.
Beside those few things I think this is a great pencil sharpener and I would recommend this product to anyone.
Here is a 5% discount code  It expires on Sep 3. Anyone can simply enter this code when checking out. 155CD
Also here is a video about the Classroom Friendly Supplies Pencil Sharpener

I would like to thank the people over at for sending me this awesome pencil sharpener. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Big News

For the pass 11 year I have been number 2.  The second art and computer teacher.  I finally made it to number 1.  I am going back to just teacher art. 

My school hired another art teacher so Mr. K.  Will be joining us.  I am really excited about this.  I can't wait to see what we come up with.  So please stay tuned in for all the mess.  

Mr. R

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Hey everyone.

I am in the process of getting my order in for next year. So I had this thought. 

So my question to all of you.  Is there any great new art products out there you really would like to have in you art room. Or is there anything you can live without.  

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Beef over the moon

I saw this project my moons ago from Mrs. Hahn over at Mini Matisse.  Thanksso much for posting it.  So over the year I change the background.  So this year with my 1st grader I when with paper quilling for the moon. Students enjoyed doing the quilling.  Their are is a few things I would do different on the quilling. So I guess you will have to wait until I do this again.  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Coil, slab flowers. Update

Well I been trying to do new clay projects each year. So instead of doing fish with my 3rd graders.  I went with flowers. My students did a drawing on a 6x6 inch square and only using lines to make there flowers.  They I had my student roll coils out and recreate there drawing. We smooth it all out and combine them all together.  After they were fired we coloed them with crayons and put black paint over it and then washed it all.  I love doing that with the clay.  Over all a great project.  

Update:  Yes after my student recreated their drawing with the clay coils. They do this by making it right on top of there drawing.  When they are done they smooth out.  The. I would take a rib, and make sure they were really smooth and combined.   So when you flip it over you get your design.  The only problem I had is when they are drying they curled a bit.  So I think if I would make sure the smooth size was facing they would curl so much. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I'm back

I'm back, back again to make messy with the kidos again.   So now that my student teacher is gone and moved on. Tune in for the messy.  

Having a student was a great learning for him and I.  It was a lot of work but well worth it.   I wish him all the luck. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

My favs

Ok I am going to steal this from my friend Ted from artwithmre.  So in the next few weeks I will show you all some of my favorite things I use in my art room. 

On of my favorite things is the C-Thur ruler. I love to use this rule with my students and I also use it with my personal art work.  

It is 2" wide and 18" long. All the square on it make it easy to find the inch marks and even half inch marks.  This is a must have in my art room.  

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