What are you going to buy?

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  1. Mable

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    Different from the ...What I want for my classroom....what are you actually going to/have buy/bought for you and/or your classroom for the upcoming year?


    Me....
    new shoes (brown and black)
    shelves (done- found old school lockers that I repainted-perfect fit for my chapter books)
    spinning prize wheel
    more candy
    tall lamp
    loveseat (done)
    new classroom pet
     
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    I think the only thing I will be buying is some resource books and new shoes!
     
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    -Some Marilyn Burns math books
    -Some **** and Jane readers (the hard cover ones)
    -Trading card binder organizers so my students can organize their own Making Words cards
    -an MP3 Player that has speakers and records for a listening center.
    -more books from garage sales-- constantly building my classroom library!

    I have already bought
    -a white board easel (the one the school gives us is half-size, and I hate wasting the chart paper when I could just use a white board for many things)

    -mailboxes
    didn't have any this past year and oh did I miss them!

    -the desk apprentice
     
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    I forgot I am looking to replace my reading corner rugs.
     
  6. Mable

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    what is this?
     
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    I am going to buy a new classroom pet!! I am so excited. I am thinking TURTLE! I wanted a rabbit but now am thinking it will be too much of a hassle, despite being so cute. (Also expensive to set up.)

    I may also get a rug.. not sure.
     
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    A small cheapo bookcase from KMart or WalMart. My class only has two little ones.

    Martha Stewert has a short wire basket shelf on casters. It has two baskets and is 18 inches tall. It'll fit under the huge monstrosity I call a teacher's desk. It's only $19 so I think I'll get that too.
     
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    So far I have bought these things that I can think of:
    I bought another pillow for my book nooks.
    I have bought some kids books at Savers.
    I bought some teacher resource books that I haven't read yet grrr!!
    I bought some bins on sale at Target to hold books.

    I didn't buy these things but I'm bringing them to school:
    Half of a bookshelf that was in my bedroom (for more books!)
    My mom's rocking chair (mine broke!)

    At Staples/Wal Mart I don't want to get too crazy because I don't need a lot. I have a lot left over from last year. But I want to get:
    Yellow poly folders from Wal Mart (88 cents I think, which is a lot, but I haven't found anything else I liked)
    I don't know if I am going to buy pocket folders because they are on the supply list and I have some left over from last year... but I might get a couple sets since they are so cheap.
    I want a set of those poly binders for poetry binders from Staples.
    I want 5 cent spiral notebooks from Wal Mart that you all are talking about.
    I might get those 1 cent pencil holders from Staples to hold pocket chart cards or word sorts.

    I did buy a bunch of stuff with school money so I'm excited to get all that in! :-D
     
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    What will you buy? Create? use for mailboxes?
     
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    This year, I am not buying anything besides maybe some composition books for the kids for their writing journals. I already have the shoes, the gerbils, and lots of books. :)

    I am going to create some math centers, but I'm not buying anything to make them possible besides maybe some folders to put them in. But maybe I have those lying around, too... :)
     
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    New pants/skirts
    New shoes

    Office supplies:
    Desk Apprentice (I am close to earning the Staples gift card from mypoints.com)

    Pens (I went through 125 last year. so also some string to tie them to my stuff and some flower tops to put on top for the pens I keep lose. Hopefully Office Depot will sell them for 25 cents a box this year.)

    Mechanical Pencils

    big box of sheet protectors

    spiral notebooks (for personal use and maybe to sell at cost to students who need them throughout the year.)

    one cent sale items that are good for prizes and extra stock

    maybe scissors if I can find them cheap (last year was 25 cents)

    rulers

    tape


    From home:I'm bringing three large rubbermaid totes to organize the manipulatives by unit. I inherited a ton of "stuff" from a retiring teacher. I am actually moving into her classroom, so it is more a matter of what I will give away them what I'll buy this year. I need to go in and do an inventory check but did notice 4 big containers of paperclips and lots of index cards and staples and stuff like that. She has a lot of posters and things that will allow me to change the look of the room without having to spend my own money or make new ones myself, so that's great.
     
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    Class set of tubs to store practice books etc( done)
    scissors( done)
    book baskets (done)
    rulers( done)
    30 spiral notebooks( red, blue, yellow, green, purple)
    class set of crayons(done)
    class set of glue (done)
    markers ( donate them to art teacher every two years)
    pencil sharpener
    construction paper

    fall clothes
     
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    My school budget will only cover ink for my printer (and not enough for what I need). I will have to have a fundraiser to purchase ink after Christmas break. Since my classroom is a computer lab, we use a lot of ink. I don't have the students print out daily papers, just projects, but that runs into a lot more ink than most classrooms.

    I will probably buy some new markers since we used up most of the ones I had last year. I will also have to round up some more magazines before school starts since the ones I have were well mutilated last year. I'm also low on colored paper, so I am watching for bargins on that.

    I always spend about $500 a year on my classroom. I keep track for tax purposes.
     
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    Box Tops for Education. sponsored by General Mills. Clip and save Box Tops for Education from General Mills foods cereal and etc. You earn ten cents for each token found on the boxes and cans. http://www.boxtops4education.com/ You might want to check it out. Our school collects the boxtops for education tokens. They send you money. Make this a class project. Our school has a large dorm refrigerator in each elementary classroom from this project and we get library books, and whatever we want. Get your students, parents, grandparents and etc involved. Tell them your earning money for a refrigerator.
    Earn money by collecting empty inkjets, Toner Cartridges. www.ircfundraising.com
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    I was in Lowe's and I noticed they had collapsable crates, which I think I'll get - my high schoolers use composition books that I collect periodically, and the crates keep them organized but can be folded down when I don't need them.

    I want to mount narrow shelves on the wall under my whiteboard for my loaning library - I have a couple of old bookshelves there now but they take up more room than is needed.

    Other than that, some new markers, pens and fake flowers to make flower pens - a few things like that.
     
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    Plastic magazine holders (30-one for each student)
    Rubbermaid plastic bins (30-one for each students) (I got 15 tonight)
    5 cent spirals (90..done)
    binder for lesson plans (done)
    Green rug for library
    Crayons (hopefully office depot will do their 5 cent sale again)
    banana cut-outs (for classroom helpers)
    something to organzie all my teacher resources (not sure what)
    Material to hang over two cupboards
    Prizes for prize box
    new school clothes

    (and it looks like I need an extra job to puchase all this stuff.)
     
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    I want a dry erase calendar to post so that I can assign one student from each class each day to write down the homework and so I can write down the classwork so I don't have to deal so much with the what did I miss while I was absent (I don't want to have to dig through piles of lesson plans and stuff when a child pops up a week later).

    I want hang files and two hang file boxes, one to put extras of handouts in, the other to organize student paper work (each class gets four folders: not graded, graded, inputted (into paper and electronic gradebook), parental contact.

    magazine rack

    after that I have to see what I'm working with because they really haven't nailed down which periods I'm teaching and how many classes of which level I'll be teaching, which will influence my classroom.
     
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    I hope to buy some new clothes once I lose a few pounds.

    I'll most likely buy whatever is on sale at the office supply stores during their penny sales. It's hard for me to pass up any sort of school supply that's only a penny.

    I'll buy spiral notebooks (as long as they are no more than 10 cents each) to sell at cost to students who need them.

    I'll buy some fun, colorful pens for my own personal use.

    I might buy a case of printer paper for students to use, since it looks like I'll be getting a laptop cart in my room for next year. (I'm SO excited about that!)
     
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    Well, I just recently dropped over $300 on the Geography Alive! resources for my geography elective class.
    I bought a few math resource books Done.
    The Bringing Learning Alive! book so that I can start creating more engaging social studies lessons. Done.
    I need to buy some new clothes
    New shoes
    I would love that desk apprentice thing, but since I'm not going to have a teacher desk (I never use it, and it just collects clutter) I have no real use for it.
    I think I am going to go down to the Education Station down in the valley and buy some posters for my walls.
    Maybe some of the spiral notebooks for my math support class.

    Other than that, I am done spending money. The kids are going to have to buy their own supplies. I'm being greedy from now on. I'm not even going to have a pencil sharpener. They need to supply their own mechanical sharpener, or buy mechanical pencils. Every sharpener I have bought ends up getting burnt out, so they stop working. NO MORE!
     
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    This summer I've bought:
    Boards for new bookshelf
    Book bins from IKEA
    Magazine holders (organization of various resources)
    Paint to paint my new binder nooks
    Some books from the thrift store
    Various supplies for Star binders
    Organizational tubs

    It sounds like a lot, and I still need to get some new morning work activities. Next year will be my second year, and I'm still trying to get things how I want them, since I moved into my room right before school started last year.
     
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    Hmmmm...

    I do need some new pants, and black shoes for work.

    Also hoping to get my new "desk" area arranged (using my kidney table for my desk) and will probably have to get some organizational things for that also.

    Also need to buy a 5 shelf bookshelf to organize all my reading materials.
     
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    I love mypoints.com :D If I did more online shopping I'd love it even more!

    I'm going to get new fall clothes, hopefully in a smaller size!
     
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    I can always buy new clothes...I really need a pair of black capris!
    I am looking for a new carpet, although I kept mine in my classroom just in case I couldn't find one. The teacher next door to me bought a rug at Walmart that was only $10 and held up better than mine that was an actual piece of a carpet that was installed in my basement last year. I hope I can find something good!
     
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    But rabbits are SO worth it, Miss Froggy. I just love mine. He def. has a personality (he's so a teenage boy), and he's so loving and friendly. Last night I was reading on the porch and he was just jumping and frolicking around, and then every so often he would come over and nuzzle me, pulling on my sweatshirt to play with him. They are so great. And I let mine run around the classroom, as he totally potty-trained himself.
     
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    I bought three gross of misprinted pencils, and I ordered a few things from VistaPrint. That's it for the classroom. Well, if I set up the aquarium this year I'll buy some guppies. I still have the guppies from this past year, but they're in my 55 gallon tank here at home. I'm not nearly fast enough to catch tiny fish in that huge tank. I've been picking up a few new shirts here adn there as I catch them on sale, so I've even got the clothing side covered.
     
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    I have so many things in my head that I want to buy, but my husband is extremely tight with our money. So I'm having a garage sale next weekend at my mother in law's place to try and get rid of a lot of stuff, and earn money for some new stuff. Mostly I'm looking the way of decorations. I have tons and tons of books. I have all the organizers I could ever want. But these are the things that I will try to eek enough money out of the sale for:

    2 Wingback chairs
    An ornate, large picture frame
    A frog bathroom set (trashcan, toothbrush holder and kleenex box)
    A Hogwarts tiffany lamp
    A frog lamp
    A light-up flamingo
    A new fountain
    Classroom set of detective hats
    A couple more Vista Print orders
    White cotton fabric for our memory quilts
    A couple of lab coats for science assistants

    I'm sure I'll think of more... but that's a start...
     
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    Jem- I was looking for lab coats for something for my church over the summer, and the only place I could find any was oriental...but they were expensive! Could you let me know if you find anywhere somewhere cheap? Thanks!
     
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    Of course! I found one for our class mascot, Liz from Magic Schoolbus, on build-a-bear for CHEAP! I'm hoping that's a good sign...
     
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    I bought 95 1" binders yesterday at Staples. They gave me the 25 cent price. Now I can do our Poem for Home notebook (it was going to be too expensive to purcahse binders for all of the 2nd graders, but NOW!)

    Well, now I have to buy 5 gazillion sheet protectors. I am thinking I may just have them 3 hole punch the poem and put it into the binder instead of purchasing the protectors...
     
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    Mable- 3 hole punching the poems would be much cheaper....however, if you are looking for protectors, keep your eye on the Costco website. Last year they ran a deal (I think it was right after Christmas) and a box of 100 sheet protectors was cheap...like between $3-$5, which is very cheap for them. I bought some and they are just as good as the ones I bought from Staples!
     
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    Jem- I didn't even think of checking build-a-bear! What a great idea!
     
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    Well, build-a-bear ones fit the stuffed animals. I don't know if they will fit kids... But at least Liz will have one! Ha! My former team teacher got a few from her hairstylist-apparently she used them in cosmetology school. I'm going to do a freecycle request-maybe a doctor's office is getting rid of some??
     
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    Good thinking...I think I will check with the vet's office too while I am there...
     
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    I am trying to go the cheap route. Here's what our budget spent in years past on this project..

    90 2" clearview binders @ 2.99/each= 269.10
    1 plastic sleeve per 1 poem a week per student=32
    32 X 90 students= 2,880 total sleeves needed
    Boxes of 200 are about $10? 15 boxes @ 10= at least $150

    Minimum total cost of this project was costing our team $420 a year!:( This doesn't include cost of paper to copy onto or ink cartidges to print the original poem to be photocopied.
    Now, when something costs that much (when you only have $2000 to spend on EVERYTHING for 90 students), it needs to be looked at. We could even purchase the spiral bound poem notebooks from Lakeshore and it would be cheaper.
    So, now that I am "in charge" of spending. I am using that money for things that we really needed like math workbooks and writing paper.
     
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    Holy office supplies, Mable! That's really crazy! I'm glad you pulled that run-away carriage off to the side before someone got really hurt. I'm in the process of brokering a deal for space flight suits for my classroom that would last years and years and years, and it's about that much.
     
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    Wow Mable, that's outrageous! Can you have the kids bring in any of their own supplies?? I really hope this project is worth it! Good luck working on the finances...that is never my favorite job!
     

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