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Old 04-18-2011, 05:40 PM
 
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We found out after school today that we each have $150 to order supplies by end of day Thurs. 4/21 out of either School Specialty and/or Lakeshore. What would you suggest I get? I'm new to K, converted from 2nd after school began, so I've been borrowing and begging things from everyone because most of my stuff is too advanced. I have lots of 1st/2nd/3rd reading stuff from Reading First funding 2007-09, but again it's too high. Our district is low-income high-need, with kids coming in w/o basic skills in anything, and the administration wants us to do lots of differentiation and teaching in small groups per the Vicky Gibson model. Thanks for your suggestions!


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Old 04-19-2011, 04:47 AM
 
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I need pretend money (and real money too).


I am in desperate need of some organizational supplies. The more organized the better I teach.

I could not teach math without teddy bear counters.

How about some attribute blocks.

My morning centers could not run with out shape blocks (and copy some shapes on paper)

I've been thinking of splurging on some of the wipe-off covers. I just use report sheets, but they are getting old fast.

FInally, what about dry erase boards and magnets?

Have fun.
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Dry erase for sure~
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I agree- dry erase boards

fake coins

dice or dominos for counting

letter magnets (the kind with blue for consonants and red for vowels)

Flashcards or those phrase strips (I like the write on wipe off ones) these are versatile and you can cut them for word walls and I like the kind you can see with the dotted lines for help modeling letter writing.

Our school has a book binding machine for punching holes and you just buy the little black plastic "teeth" so I would buy a ton of these to make journals or class books

Things I have found I still need:
Playdoh
pattern blocks (I am borrowing mine)
Sets of decodable books or easy phonics books
Alphabet stamps (the dotted kind for tracing)

Craft supplies are always handy:
popsicle sticks (thick and thin)
stamp pads
finger paint
craft foam
lunch bags for puppets

Good luck! I wish I still had some $ left for this year :/
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things to buy...
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I have the lake shore boxes for beginning sounds, rhyming sounds and ending sounds. I love them. I also use shape bingo and number and letter bingo...
I have bear counters, dinosaur counters and a bunch of unifix blocks
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