I'm joining Layla, Courtney, and Jamie and the 3-5th grade "iTeach" families to share in the fun of the back to school time season! I love the beginning of a new school year! Fresh beginnings, new ideas to implement... I could never work in an office space where it's the same old stuff everyday.
To share in this fun time of the year, I'll be sharing some of my "teacher faves." Even better, I look forward in hearing from you and other bloggers what their favorites are so I know exactly what to go after for the back to school season.
I picked just a few of my favorites to share with you. First up:
Glue dots are my LOVE! I especially like the glue dots that come in the strips as they work perfect with the letters I cut out from my Cameo or for skinnier surfaces like these clothespins. They come in a large variety too. When I want something to pop up a bit, I use the raised circle dots. They are clean and super sticky... a must have in my opinion.
All is well in the world.
I've got a collection of boxes- this was the first box I bought. I went to Lakeshore to pick up my new pack for the year and was sad to see they no longer carried the older box... call me nostalgic but I liked the old school feel of the "blue box." Oh well. I'm just excited to have my new juicy set of markers and to create some awesome charts with my kiddos.
I also love to use paper plates for lettering. They come in a variety of colors and patterns and are pretty cheap. I use binger rings to connect them together and hang them, but they can also be attached to bulletin boards for headers. I simple cut out my letters and Mod Podge them on. Sometimes, I also take plain white plates, flip them over, and paint my own colors or patterns before putting the letters on. So essentially, they are reversible!
I love to add music to our classroom for various reasons. Here's my playlist on Pandora that I pull up at different times of the day. And yes- you'll see a lot of boy band stations- those are for me when I'm "cleaning" or "planning" in the room. ;)
1) Great for independent writing, art projects, or other quiet work times
2) I love the Piano Guys- they take popular songs and turn them into instrumental music- we play this one sometimes during writing time or during transitions
3) Another one we play during writing time
4) When we do our research units for the rain forest or ocean animals, we play this one to "set the mood"
5) When we are looking for some fun! -Be aware: some songs are not Kidz Bop- be ready to "thumbs down" it if you don't find it appropriate.
6 & 7) Another quiet time... my 5th grade teacher always played classical music during writing time so I like to have different options to play
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