Dollar Department Delights

In CategoryHome Schooling, Navel Gazing

I never go into the dollar section at Target. The stuff in it has always looked like mostly lead-infused choking hazards. But a while back I was reading Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers, and she showed us this fantastic pencil caddy she made out of some little buckets she found. So the next time I was at Target, I went into the dollar section and checked it out.

I hit the motherload. I found all these awesome flash cards for a dollar. A DOLLAR.

I bought every kind they had. Each card has a picture on the front and some quick facts on the back.

For example, did you know that Daddy Long-Legs are not spiders? No. They are merely 8-legged arachnids. They do not produce silk and do not have venom.

Did you know that a giant picture of a flea is, in fact, just as nasty as you might imagine? No? You’re welcome.

Unfortunately, I am the kind of person who initially made a bunch of stupid rules. Like they could only have only one pack of cards open at a time; they had to sit still and be super careful; and they had to put them back in the impossible-to-operate-if-you-are-three box when they were done. I don’t know what I was thinking. What was I gonna do – save them until they’re old enough to be gentle? By that time they will be going off to college and no longer interested. THEY WERE A DOLLAR. 

I told myself to get over myself and stop being such a stupid-head prissy-pants.

So I bought this incredibly ugly Flash Card Storage Facility (aka vinyl shoe holder) and hung it up in my office. We did away with the annoying boxes altogether and put one set of cards in each pocket. They can get to them whenever they want, and really – who cares if they get lost or bent or mixed up? THEY WERE A DOLLAR.

Sorry, I have to keep telling myself that. I’m trying to beat back my inner Martha Stewart. Who does not have a vinyl shoe holder anywhere near her. Ever.

Dudes. It’s so hideous, it hurts me a little. 

On the other hand, maybe I will feel a smug sense of Homeschool Mom Awesomeness every time I see it, since I put access to learning tools ahead of my own need for non-vinyl decorating accessories.