erasing whiteboards

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  1. mrstchr

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    I have purchased individual whiteboards to use with my kids. I am wondering what you use to erase them. Do I need to get the whiteboard erasers?
     
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    When I did my student teaching, my students had all brought in an old sock. They kept it in their desk and had it to use as an eraser for their whiteboards. Hope this helps :)
     
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    I've also used a small square of felt. I'd say it was about 5"x5".
     
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    When I was student teaching, my master teacher erased her (large) whiteboards with cut up t-shirt 'rags'. They worked great and were a great way to recycle old t-shirts too!

    So, I bet you could cut up a t-shirt into little squares and use those as erasers. And then, who cares if you lose some?
     
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    Like Andrea, I also use small square pieces of felt.
     
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    Oooh I have lots of felt. I can do that easily. How long did the pieces last?
     
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    They always last me the whole year. They would probably last longer, but I always like to replace mine every year.
     
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    Squares of polarfleece fabric work great!
     
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    I used socks and when the students were finished with their dry erase markers they just put them in the sock.
     
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    I second (or third) the sock. Great for storage of markers, and kids can easily take them with them when we go to another room to work.
     
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    Never heard about the felt before that is a new one on me..I think I will give this a try.. thanks for the idea.
     
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    To actually clean my dry erase boards I use unscented baby wipes. They get all of the marker off the boards and leave them looking white and new. I just buy the cheapest ones that I can find, I might see if Sams carries them in large quantities so I only have to buy them once this year.
     
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    Cool guess I need to buy some felt, magic eraser, and baby wipes and see which one I like....
     
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    I've seen teachers use the sponge out of last years plastic kindergarten napmats. Cut them in squares.
     
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    I cut up felt pieces as well, because that's what I had in my classroom. I made 2x4 inch pieces out of a dark color (black).
     
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    Black felt. I've been using the same pieces for at least 3 years.
     
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    I have cut out pieces of multi-color felt. I also have baby wipers...I will use the felt for basic clean-up, and wipers for major clean up. :0)
     
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    The other ideas here are great.

    I bought two packs of wash cloths, 20 in each pack, for $5 each at Target or Wal-Mart. They've lasted two years and look fit for use still. I bring them home every so often and toss them into the washing machine with lots of bleach and they're fine.
     
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    I got sponges and cut them in half, got them at the dollar store :) All for $1, I have to stop spending big money, I know :)
     
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    Fleece works really well too!
     
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    I've tried several things, but my favorite is socks. That way the kiddos can write with one hand and erase with the other. On top of it, they can be washed when they're dirty. Next year, I'm going to buy black ankle socks so they won't LOOK as bad.

    I bought markers with erasable caps from Calloway House last year ( http://callowayhouse.com/proddetail.asp?sku=67819&sgrade=-1&egrade=12&search=dry+erase&selection=search&selectcat=&multi_skus=&skip=0&begcnt=1 ). The caps were great, but the ink didn't seem to last nearly as long as Expo.
     
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    i just bought some as well. I think what I am going to do is have them bring in old socks. The other option that I am considering is just using paper towels.
     
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    I have also used t-shirt rags, socks, and felt as erasers and they all work well. One advantage with using socks is that if each student has individual markers, you can have them drop the marker into the toe of the sock and know that marker and eraser are together.
    Just as a side note (sorry if it's already posted, I'm WAY too tired to read through all the posts), I have found that low odor markers are much harder to erase cleanly. We were given low odor markers at the beginning of last year and after the first week, I gave mine away and bought some of the original (high odor?) markers. They always erase easily and I don't notice much difference in the odor department.
     
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    I put the baby wipes on my school supply list.
     

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