Staying Sharp

After 18 years of homeschooling, I finally found the perfect pencil sharpener and I can’t believe I waited this long. For many years we used wood pencils, but our sharpeners were often lost and it took the kids too long to sharpen the pencils once they found one. Finally we bought an electric pencil sharpener, but it jammed easily and frustrated us even more. I gave up and switched to mechanical pencils, but the leads broke easily, and the cheap ones were very inadequate.

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Last August I was telling Russ that it seemed silly to be so frustrated over something so small, but I had never found a pencil sharpener that really worked. That evening he came home from Staples with this big School-Pro Pencil Sharpener, and believe it or not, it has truly made my life easier! We have switched completely back to wood pencils and are much happier. It gets heavy use, for a family, and we haven’t had any problems with it. It is also relatively quiet and can even sharpen the fat pencils that little kids use.

The downside is that it is bit expensive for a pencil sharpener, but I think a good tool is worth it! I promise that I get no benefit from recommending this product – I just had to share my happiness over it. Anything that makes my life just a little easier is a good thing.

It could even make a great Christmas present for a little kid who likes to do “big kid” things. Just think of all the colored pencils that could be sharpened. It probably wouldn’t be the best gift for a husband to give his wife for Christmas…unless she requested it. (Just a little bit of free advice from a woman who has been married over 25 years.)

I only wish I had gotten mine when Sweet Pea was in kindergarten!

~Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

11 Comments

  1. Paul and DeeDee
    October 16, 2009

    Lisa, I can't believe I am actually going to type these words but I am seriously considering homeschooling. Before kids I was a teacher and was pretty disgusted with the public school system in some areas and now I really want my kids to have a strong foundation in an education that lines up with our beliefs….I have 2 years before Jackson starts kindergarten but I know I need to start researching, any advice on where to start?

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  2. darci
    October 16, 2009

    ooh yay! i am so excited. we have a tiny little pencil sharpener..but we also have a Staples nearby. whoohoo;)

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  3. Jodi Widhalm
    October 16, 2009

    Praise the Lord!! I have had the same issue for years. I actually did teach in a private school last year, but they only bought the cheap electric sharpeners, which are about useless. Now I'm homeschooling the the pencils are an issue EVERY day. Usually, we are searching for a sharpener multiple times each day. I do have an electric one, but it's not great. It's worth whatever the investment is. I would even take it for a Christmas gift! Thanks for the info!

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  4. Laurel
    October 16, 2009

    After 18 years of homeschooling, also … we, too, have never found a good pencil sharpener. We will definitely be checking this one out.

    Thanks for the recommendation. I will NOT put this on my Christmas List, though.

    Laurel 🙂

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  5. thecurryseven
    October 17, 2009

    I had no idea other mothers had the same problem! Keeping pencil sharpeners from either getting lost or breaking has been a continual headache. I really thought that there was something wrong with my children that we couldn't manage to keep one around. I am actually relieved to know it's a widespread problem! Thanks for the pencil sharpener tip. We have a functioning one at the moment, but it's been a matter of months and its days are probably numbered.

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  6. coffeemom
    October 17, 2009

    I have had the exact same frustration for years. Ya wouldn't think pencils would cause such ongoing minor irritation in the house, and yet….. I might make a stop by Staples this weekend! Thanks for this post. Another helpful one, just in a different forum! Love your posts and blog. Always great stuff!

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  7. Chantelle
    October 17, 2009

    Ha!! I can't believe how excited I am to read about a PENCIL SHARPENER… but I am!!!! We've gone through so many (bought yet another wasted attempt last week in fact!) and they never work out or last. THANK YOU for the suggestion!!!!!! Funny how such a seemingly SMALL thing can cause such BIG frustration in a family!!!

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  8. Andrea H.
    October 17, 2009

    Good for you Lisa! And I love how you said you are not getting any benefits from it. You are one of the most unselfish women I have met.

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  9. jen
    October 17, 2009

    I just have to laugh, but this was such a helpful post! We have a great manual sharpener, but we had to take it down this summer while the contractors were finishing our basement. We have been using an electric one, but it is a bit feisty…and while the kids love to use it, it makes me a little crazy. This might just have to be on my Christmas list! 🙂 Thanks!

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  10. Hannah
    October 17, 2009

    Kindergarten was a long time ago! But a good pencil sharpener would have been very cool. – Your med student daughter

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  11. Cindy
    October 19, 2009

    yep, us too….always in search of a good pencil sharpener. I may have to go get this one. Thanks for sharing!

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