I’m really looking forward to this school year! After the first grade conference and the TPT conference my brain is on overload. I can’t seem to turn it off and I am constantly thinking and creating. One of my favorite things is finding a good deal and finding things that will update and refresh my classroom.
Ok so first things first. I went to Meijers the other day and saw these HUGE erasers. I am obsessed with erasers for my firsties. I wanted to buy 23 but had to budget myself to 10, 2 per table group. For some reason it seems like they eat the erasers off the pencils and then the smaller ones just fall apart. I will let you know how these work out but I plan to put two in each tray on their tables. FYI this picture does not do the erasers justice. They are the size of an iphone!
Next, I found these colorful pens. I love that they are not just red. I always comment on my children’s work and for some reason, I avoid red. Anyone else do that?
At the 1st grade conference and TPT conference I had the pleasure of seeing Cara Carroll a couple of times. The “Back to School” presentation was awesome. Many things I already do since I have been teaching 16 years but it is always nice to get a refresher and remind yourself, as well as gain new ideas. One idea she shared that she found on Pinterest was using a dish drying tray for your desk as a file organizer. I wish I knew who actually came up with that genius idea, I would thank them!! Anyway I had to buy one. I’m going to use it for my student folders. Then I got to thinking that it would be fun to have the children actually decorate their own file folders. What a great activity for morning work on one of the first few days of school. I hate giving them paper work or things that not everyone can do. I know everyone can color and decorate their folder. I will probably do that on the second day of school!
Speaking of Cara Carroll, I just recently came across her Fluency Packet. I am obsessed with this idea and I can’t wait to buy the entire thing and put it together! I know my kids will love Rocking out their fluency! Check out this link below to her blog and description of it. I have been trying to gather fun things for the kids to speak into and I found these microphones in the birthday party aisle at Target for $1.00! Yes only a dollar. I bought 4. I also found these fun monster finger puppets at Target too. I am going to give them to the kids for their book bins as a pointer puppet when doing read to self or read to someone!
While I was shopping in the birthday aisle at Meijers, I came across these birthday glasses. I bought a couple pair to use for birthdays this year. How fun will it be for the children to wear them. I really like them because they are easy to clean and disinfect!
|Happy Birthday Glasses|
|Mollie was caught testing out my goodies this afternoon!|
Folders, folders, folders! Can you ever have enough? I’m sure all of you use them! My favorite colors are yellow and orange so when I found these orange folders I had to get 30. I will have to go back and get more because the limit was 30. I use them for writing, individualized instruction, or as we call it CORE +. Do you have a folder obsession?
Finally, when I was leaving Target I found this I-phone cover. I know it is a bit crazy but it is perfect for me. I officially became the COOLEST MOM with this fancy thing! It is yellow and orange, my favorite colors, and I know my baby girl Charlie is going to love it!!
I would love to see and hear about some your your favorite back to school finds!