This post is part of our series on our favorite homeschool resources.
When my children begin 5th grade, they get a set of Sharpie Art Pens. I searched for these pens for several reasons. Some of my children were wanting more options for use in their Book of Centuries; others were wanting a better way to add color in fine detail to their science journals. Somewhere, I came across the idea for no bleed Sharpies, and after research and trips to several local stores, I finally decided on this set. I get a 12-pack which comes in its own plastic case. The pens are kept on the school shelf, and they are only used for school, though I’m sure I’ve granted exceptions.
We use them for map work…
and science journals…
and the Book of Centuries.
In most cases, the pens do a great job of not bleeding through the paper, but you can see in the image below, which is the back of the South America map printed on 20# paper, there is still bleed through. There is no bleed through in the Book of Centuries and the very faintest bleed through in the science journals–just enough to cause one child to only use one side of the paper in the journals but not quite enough to bother another child at all.