One of the difficulties with the girls in separate classrooms is explaining why those classrooms are different. For example, Anna's room is warmly decorated and has some really neat reading spots. We try to focus on the positive and the positive for Allie is that she has her own little desk. There's an open shelf under the desktop and she's allowed to keep stuff in it, in addition to her school supplies. They also have "free time" at least once a day. Allie usually spends that time coloring with her friends.
The school supplied all of the kids with crayons but I found out that some kids had brought in their own markers to use during free time and Allie's friends were sharing with her. Once I discovered this, I bought her a 64 pack of pip squeak markers. I've been wanting to try to sew a bag for awhile now but haven't had the time. So I made some time.
Many lessons were learned and hopefully, the next one will be easier. I wanted to quilt it but didn't have enough time.
Allie loves it! I completely guessed when it came to the sizing but it ended up the perfect fit for 61 pip squeaks. (3 of them were "too bland" for Allie to bring to school.)
*** Edited to add a tutorial links:
I read through 10 or so tutorials before I sewed this pouch, which is really a large wristlet. Here's a link to a tutorial for a wristlet that does a great job of showing how to sew a zipper. And this wristlet tutorial shows how to make the tabs at the end of the zipper.