In the book I am reading (On Solid Ground by Sharon Taberski) she buys all the school supplies for the kids and then asks the parents to reimburse her. She does this because some of the supplies are hard to find for parents, like a primary lined composition notebook. With other things it's because parents buy the wrong things and she wants, for example, all the writing folders to be the same in the classroom. She swears that the parents are grateful that the teacher has done the work for them, and they just have to pay her a few dollars and it's done. I am SO tempted to do this. To me, it would save so much trouble. Plus, the first few hours wouldn't be complete chaos with clueless 1st graders coming in with all these supplies and having to sort through them etc. (We do community supplies so it's not like they can just put them in their desk). But, here's the thing, maybe I am a little biased because I am a teacher and therefor, love school supplies (ha), but as a parent, would you feel as though you were missing out on something if you didn't get to go school supply shopping with your child? I don't want parents to be disappointed. My other thought was to do kind of half and half. I'd buy the harder-to-find stuff that I want to be all the same, and they could still buy a few things that are very direct, like I'd say 16 count Crayola Crayons. (Even then you end up with some of the rose arts...) The only problem I can forsee with this is that I think I might be less likely for parents to reimburse me b/c it's not so cut and dry. So, if you are a parent and a teacher, what do you think??