I'm super excited to link up with my friends at Freebielicious this week for some back to school fun. I'm not going to lie, typing the words “back to school” make me a little nauseous. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my job but man, oh man, has this summer flown by. Currently, I am healing up from having my gallbladder removed last Thursday which totally wasn't planned but ended up being immediately necessary. Yeah, I don't do lay on the couch and watch t.v. for days well.
I have made several lists of things I need to conquer and buy as we near the end of July. Really back to school will be here before we know it. So, what are my classroom must haves?
FLAIR PENS! These are my absolute favorite pens and completely necessary for taking notes, writing notes, etc.
Pip Squeak Markers & Golf Pencils: I don't give my students full size pencils at the beginning of the year. All students write (trace) with pip squeaks and golf pencils. It is SO much better for their little hands as they are building those fine motor muscles.
ASTORBRIGHTS COLORED CARDSTOCK: There are a ton of things I will make for Meet the Teacher, back to school, etc. that I will color coordinate with my Astrobrights paper. Make sure you stop back by next week for my special posts on projects for this fun, colorful paper.
Each year I have to restock our Read to Self Materials. This includes glasses (I pop out the lenses) and martian fingers. At the end of the school year, students get to take their special reading glasses and fingers home with all of their books. This is a reoccurring expense but it's so worth it to help my students have a fun learning experience when learning to read.
My last must have item is small play-doh containers. I put these in each student's supply box and it comes in very handy when I need to help a student who may need me longer or when we finish an activity a few minutes later. Kids love play-doh. This is an absolute must have all year long.
That's all I've got for now. Make sure you stop by Freebielicious and check out our Linky. I'm sure I'll be adding several things to my must have list by time I'm done reading.