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5 Best Things You Couldn't live without in your classroom?
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Hi,
I have some PTO money to spend on my classroom and wondered what cool supplies, teacher tools, organizers, games, etc. you love and couldn't live without in your classroom!


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Chair pockets,student sized white boards ,black ankle sock with white board pen for each student ,Lakeshore colored bins to store each " job" for the students and store math materials for each student. Each student had their own math bucket.
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I retired but loved using:
Dry eraser markers (Students loved them too.)
Big chart tablet
Candy (Students & teachers)
Laser pointer
Mailbox sorter

I initially wanted to say Smart Board and a wireless printer. But didnít know how much $ you could spend.
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Things I use daily/weekly:
  • class set of white boards
  • math manipulatives (counters of all kinds, snap cubes, pattern blocks, attribute blocks, tens frames, card decks, dice of all kinds)
  • art supplies - oil pastels, chalk pastels, watercolors, nice paper is a plus!, markers, crayons, colored pencils, beads, pipe cleaners, glue, tape
  • really useful boxes - my favorite for organization
  • job chart
  • calendar
  • building supplies - blocks, legos, magnatiles, k'nex, keva planks, lincoln logs, anything they can build with
  • fine motor toys - tiny legos, beads to string, geoboards, anything that can involve tweezers, putty, playdough, nuts and bolts, small magnets, puzzles
  • magnetic letters
Things I love:
  • games, games, games!
  • alphabet and math puzzles
  • those fun locks from Lakeshore - they have alphabet, cvc words, numbers, and addition/subtraction
  • all kinds of letters - stickers, magnets, wooden, whatever I can find
  • dramatic play items
  • sensory table
  • light table
  • 4 person easel for painting
  • creation station - it's basically an art area full of recycled crap that the kids can create with - I ask parents to donate cardboard tubes, bread tabs, old greeting cards, corks, bottle tops, anything that can be reused
  • flexible seating options - nothing super fancy and not too much, but I do love my hokki stools and I have a slanted top table that they really like
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Thanks for all your ideas! I have the basics since I have been teaching for years, but I love to get new ideas from teachers to see what is out there- especially from Lakeshore! Sbkangas5- I haven't had a sensory table before- what do you put in it? Also, I have a light table from a science grant but I hate to say it but I rarely use it because it is so big! Any great suggestions for it?


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Staples 14470-US SpinWorx Rotating Desk Organizer

Unfortunately Staples doesnít sell it anymore. You can still find it on eBay for a slight markup.

I have it on the corner of my media desk/table. It fits with my laptop and doc camera. (I only have 1 long skinny drawer built into the table so I needed a place to store supplies.) I also keep my clipboard, important files and papers in it. Itís amazing how much stuff fit in it.

How fortunate to have PTO money. Happy shopping!
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Old 07-27-2019, 05:21 PM
 
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I could live without it, but this is how I spent my PTA money this year.
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Sbkangas5- I haven't had a sensory table before- what do you put in it?
We don't use it every week, so I only rotate out the materials every 4-6 weeks. I have sand, water beads (which I hate but the kids love), and just plain water every year. Then some years I'll ask for things like plastic/paper grass after Easter, or I'll get the paper out of the shredder, rice, combination of sand and water to make a "beach", or I'll make that sensory sand that sticks. Sometimes we do something thematic and sometimes I'll just find something that sounds fun. One year I made ooblek with cornstarch and water, and it got moldy and so stinky so I don't ever recommend that unless you are washing it out right away! The whole thing is kind of a mess but the kids love it and it's so good for them.


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Also, I have a light table from a science grant but I hate to say it but I rarely use it because it is so big! Any great suggestions for it?
I'd love a bigger one - mine is a little cube! Really I've just collected old overhead materials over the years - anything that is clear works great. Or I put a layer of sand or shaving cream on it and they can write/draw with their finger.
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Zia- where did you get this? My kids love this game but it the regular version falls apart!
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Zia- where did you get this? My kids love this game but it the regular version falls apart!

That is why I bought it! I was buying two of the regular table top ones each year. Hit up Amazon for giant Connect 4.


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Old 07-30-2019, 09:22 PM
 
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excedrin, dove chocolates, diet coke, letter sorter for mailboxes, and Mr Sketch scented markers
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