It’s that time of year where I load up my shopping cart with classroom supplies. This morning held a lot of promise – mostly because:
A. It is going to rain and I won’t miss a beautiful day.
B. I was spiffy and was at the store by 7:15am.
So, here it is – my big pile of fun for Room 204:
I’m not sure if you can clearly see everything in the pile, so I thought I’d share….
There are certain items I buy every year, because I believe it helps keep my students organized:
~ 20 Poly pocket 3-prong folders for School~>Home~>School~>Home, etc…
~ 20 Pencil cases to go in the folder
~ 100 Sheet protectors to go in the folders
~ 100 Shipping labels to stick on the sheet protectors.
~ 1 Package of black card stock to create labels for our cubbies
There are certain items I buy every year, because we end up running low on school-provided and donated supplies sometime around April. I buy them in August because they cost so much more in April:
~ 24 Boxes of Crayola crayons (24 count)
~ 2 Packs of pencils – Ticonderoga and another cedar type to try out (cheap pencils don’t sharpen well at ALL!)
~ 10 Boxes Crayola skinny markers. Kids seem to like the skinny ones, and I like the quality of the Crayola ones.
~ 16 Boxes CraZart colored pencils
~ 8 Big erasers
~ 4 Packs pencil-top erasers
~ 2 Stacks of neon index cards
~ 3 Packs of super sticky sticky 3M notes
~ 16 Elmer’s Glue Sticks
~ 40 Bic pens – 20 black and 20 blue
There are certain items I bought for the first time this year, because I think it will help with organizing the classroom:
~ 2 Rolling bins (3 drawers each) which will be used to hold math manipulatives. I am bound and determined to use manipulatives more this year after attending my math trainings. If math materials are organized in 6 identical drawers, then each table of students can grab a ready-to-go drawer full of them!
~ 1 Plastic crate. My dad built beautiful rolling book cases for the classroom last spring. This summer, I have him creating a podium/lectern I have designed for student presentations. There will be storage shelves inside of it, one of which will hold the plastic crate.
~ Binder, planner, notebook and dividers to create a new Teacher Planner for myself. I’d like to have all of my pertinent information in one (cute & colorful) place this year.
~ There were also some Disney Silly Bands on sale – I was able to get 48 of them for $2.00. I’m still not sure how I’ll use them, but I’ll figure that out!
.The cashier had LOTS of questions for me as I was checking out this morning. She wanted to know if I was a teacher, and if I was using my own money to purchase these supplies. She wanted to know if the school provides materials for the classroom, and if the students bring in supplies as well. The answers to all of her questions were “YES”. It takes many materials to make it from September to June in a classroom full of hard-working kids. I feel it is important for everyone to pitch in to make it all happen. I appreciate the support I receive from my school and my families, and feel that the supplies I purchase are always put to good use. Chatting with her was the best part of my morning!
.So….. using your best math estimation skills, what do you think the grand total was for my shopping cart full of school supplies??