Discussion in 'Elementary Education' started by heavens54, Sep 12, 2009.
Sep 12, 2009
I don't want to spend a lot of money...
I use t shirt pieces for my large white boards. I think they wipe cleaner than erasers. for individual white boards, I have the students bring in a sock.
cut paper towels or tissue... some students bring their own.
I've used tissues- the school issued ones which aren't very good for wiping noses! I also have some white board markers which came with a top that wipes the board.
for the kids? I know in a lot of different rooms I have been in the teacher will buy a bag of new socks and give one to each child or the kids will bring in an old mitten and cut off each finger and the kids can put the piece of mitten over their finger and erase with it or the kids cut around the cuff of the sock and put it around their wrist and erase that way. So generally a sock or a mitten for the kids individual white boards. I have also seen pieces of felt used as an eraser.
My favorite erasers are Handi Wipes - you know, the pink, blue, yellow thin wipe rags for the kitchen. I sometimes cut them in half. One piece lasts for a few weeks, so they are really cheap.
I gave my students baby socks. They are great and fit on two fingers. Quick and easy and they fit in their pencil boxes.
Felt squares from the craft store.
Felt is a good idea. Any particular color? We will use black Expos for our boards...black?
I also have some old tshirts that my son is throwing out, but they are white, so wasn't sure if that was a good idea or not...
Socks or paper towels. I have easy access to paper towels as I'm a foods teacher and we always have them in the kitchens. My son has brought an old sock to school for the past few years (not the same one!!) for white board use.
I cleaned out my mismatched sock basket and pulled out all my holey ones. I've used them for 3 years now. They work great! If something they need to erase it too small, they use their finger. EASY!!
I use felt, as well. I just buy a large square and cut it into about 3" squares for each student. They last all year and they are way cheaper than socks.
The sponge from old kindergarten napmats... cut them into squares.
Not if you use the mismatched socks that the drier doesn't eat. That's what we use. I wash them every once in a while, but who cares if they have marker stains on them, they still work.
I bought one yard of fleece for $2 and cut it apart myself - works great and the other teachers that have the fancy kind with the wood all complain that they bang it on the board anyway.
I use dark colored felt as well. It works well and is cheap!
I've always used squares of black felt. The same squares have lasted me for years. I got all fancy this year and bought some mini wooden ones. They are driving me crazy because the cloth on them squeaks on the boards!
Sep 14, 2009
I went to the dollar store and bought a pack of wash cloths. I cut them into squares. They last all year and I don't feel bad throwing them away at the end of the year because I only paid $1.
I love the baby sock idea! I bought some little erasers from Really Good Stuff. I put them and a marker in a bag for fast distribution.
Genius, just genius!
Sep 15, 2009
I did like a previous poster and simply grabbed all of the mismatched socks that the drier didn't get ahold of and let them use those. They put the sock on the hand they do not write with and write and erase with ease!
Mismatched or holey socks work great! I store my socks with a marker in them! The kids put the marker back when we are finished and toss them in a basket! They like the funny socks and try to find the other match in the room! Then they always, ask me who the sock belongs to, me, my husband, or my child!
I'm very unoriginal. I just bought a couple of those erasers Expo makes for the white boards. They only cost a dollar apiece, and when they get yucky I scrub them with dish detergent until they are clean again. Just make sure to wear laytex gloves when you clean the erasers or your hands will be black black black!
Sep 16, 2009
Many teachers from our school order chalkboard erasers from our district warehouse. They only cost 26 cents or so each. One teacher just bought a few erasers and cut the felt off and then cut each piece in half. One eraser then made like 6-8 small felt erasers. It's a bit more wasteful, but plain old tissues work just fine too. One old t-shirt cut into squares could outfit the whole class with erasers. So many options!!! (Maybe I'll try something new now. . .)
socks and tissues
I use old socks. (clean)