I haven't posted here for a while, mostly because I am crazy busy, so I thought I would reintroduce myself. I recently finished a master's in Watershed Science with an emphasis in Environmental Education and now have one year left of an elementary education program. I am super excited to start teaching next year, but feel a bit overwhelmed at the same time. During my program I have seen a lot of manipulatives for math and science that can be used in the classroom. I feel like I need to start accumulating that stuff now to be ready for teaching (buy a little at a time over the next year instead of tying to get it all at once next fall?). I realize a lot of that is grade specific and I should wait til I know what grade I'll be teaching. Are there manipulatives that could be used for, say, grades 3-5 (my target range). Also, when do most districts start putting out job announcements? Thanks! it's good to be back.