I learned after a year at our new school that for projects and book reports you need some serious craft supplies on hand.
I keep multiple colors of card stock in my desk drawer. I keep big colored poster boards in between the washer and dryer. I have buckets of colored pencils (the preferred coloring method of the teachers because of more control), colored markers, crayons, paint, glue, glitter and yarn. We routinely use the 3-hole punch, sliding-blade cutter for long even cuts and funky craft scissors.
I can’t decide if this is the arts and crafts standard for projects at our schools or if every school is looking for this kind of commitment to projects to now?
How artsy/crafty is your school expecting projects to be? Are you keeping odd craft supplies at home and using them regularly for school projects? Do you think there’s too much emphasis on appearance in projects and not enough on substance or do you think those requirements are equal?