Growing up, one of my favorite times of the year was when all of the new school supplies were on display in stores. Back then, I don't think it happened until the beginning of August or so, but seeing as how some stores already have Halloween items coming in, school supplies in July are probably an example of merchandisers showing a little restraint.
I've been accumulating arts and craft supplies since Henry was a baby, but I always jump at the chance for inexpensive additions to our cabinet. During today's Target run, I was able to load up: Crayola crayons for 25 cents, spiral-bound notebooks for 15 cents, various workbooks for $1, etc.
The surprise for the day was finding an entire series of adapted and illustrated classics in the Dollar Spot section at the front of the door. I picked up The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Oliver Twist, The Story of Doctor Dolittle, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, each for $1.
All of these junior classic editions will be a wonderful introduction to the original classics when Henry is a little older. One of the things that The Well-Trained Mind recommends is providing younger children with illustrated, simplified versions of more challenging books. By familiarizing them with the stories early on, children are less intimidated by the original works they'll study later.
We'll remain on the lookout for more supply bargains as the traditional school year approaches!