Something must have been in the water or something because I feel like I went in on buying stuff for my classroom this summer and didn’t even really realize it until I put it all together. The photo above is something I posted to my Instagram mid July and of course by the time I could go back to school the pile got even bigger. I thought I would share what I bought, why I bought it, and share just how much I spent this summer on my classroom.
I am going to break down what I bought buy store.
Bubbles $10 – I saw these bubbles for half off and knew that I had to get them because it seemed like such a good deal. I was going to use it as a gift for the beginning of the year, but then decide to give to to them as end of the year gifts instead.
Lap Trays $20 – This was kind of an impulse buy to be honest, though I am happy that I bought them because during reading rotations I let students sit anywhere and this would be good when they are on the floor with a game or writing.
First Day Board – I was not going to get this because it seemed liked it would be too much work, but then Michelle from Pocket Full of Primary said that another teacher shared you can just type in the word on the computer and that is a great idea.
Bulletin Borders – I loved the borders this year. They were so cute and I am not sure if I am going to use them or not because I don’t know if I want to change my borders since they are already done.
Erasers – These were so hard to find, but thanks to my lovely parents who went out of their way for me and found them. Plus some of the other items too.
Alphabet Puzzle – I saw this puzzle and knew it would be really great activity for students during reading rotations.
Felt Money – I went back and forth wether to buy this or not, but then I was like I have a gift card and I know that students would really enjoy using it at home living.
USA Puzzle – I always have students who really enjoy puzzles and I don’t have very many and thought this would be nice to add.
Magnetic Alphabet, Shapes, and Numbers – I have no idea. They were cute.
Stickers – Students can use them at art center.
Gel Clings – This was something my parents surprised me with and purchased.
Sentence Strips – Not really sure, but maybe as head bands for 100th day crowns and other projects.
Pencil Pouch – It was cute.
Adhesive Square Labels – I saw this idea on Instagram to use them to make pocket cubes from tissue boxes.
Today is Signs – I don’t really need this, but didn’t want any regrets.
Pencil and Cork Banner – I wanted to use them for some kind of decor in my room. I might even add words to them.
Colors Poster – I have the cats color signs, but one was missing a word and I got them from another. I don’t really like them and have been looking for something new and didn’t want to waste my colored ink.
Chalkboard Apple – Teacher sign with my name on it.
Name Plates – Student name tags for cubbies and lockers.
Word Signs – Again more decor that I don’t really need, but bought anyways.
Pigeon $5 – I love Mo Willems books especially the Pigeon series and knew that I had to get him.
Shower Caddies $18.90 – For my listening library.
Plastic Frogs $5 – Again this was an impulse buy, but I wanted to use these for a math lesson and hopefully some other lessons, so I don’t feel as bad for buying them for just one thing.
Geo Boards $12 – I mean what kindergarten teacher doesn’t have these?
Books (48) $22.08 – Searching for books at my thrift store has become such and addiction for me. I have found some really great books and even some that are like brand new. And I just can’t seem to stop because I get so excited when I find a favorite book of mine.
Don’t Break the Ice $1 – I saw on Pinterest how another teacher used this as a math game.
Fish Cut Outs $3 – I use these as a go fish game and I needed some more.
Motivational Signs $2 – I really liked the sayings and thought they would be really nice to put up on the wall.
Pillows $4 – I decide to buy some new pillows for my couch. The other ones were so old and I want didn’t like them. Besides these pillows were on clearance.
Plastic Bins $15 – I want to store all of my manipulatives in these bins.
Now you might be thinking ‘OMG!, She spent so much money this summer’ and yes. Yes I did, but also I did not. I had a ton of Target gift cards that I didn’t even realize, so I spent nothing at Target. Everything else was pretty cheap like at the Dollar Tree and Thrift Store. Oh and I had a gift card for Michaels, so that didn’t cost anything else either. So Overall, I could have spent a ton more money if I didn’t have those gift cards.
Be on the look out for my classroom tour to see how I use some of the items above.