What would you buy?

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  1. bethinks123

    bethinks123 New Member

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    I have just found out that I am in Kdg. next year. I am thrilled as I love Kindergarten! I have $250 to spend-what is the item/game/etc. that you can't live without?

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    I must, must, must have my Royal Reading Writing center. This is a white board easel on wheels, has white boards on both sides and storage tubs underneath. I love it and use it more than anything else in my room. There are several different models and prices (I would love to get one of the newer models!). I also love my individual student white boards. We use them at least 3-4 times a week.

    Are you sure though, that the $250 isn't for basic supplies (paper, pencils, glue)? If that is the case, you will spend every penny just on that kind of stuff.
     
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    Congratulations! You will really enjoy this age group. I am a sucker for manipulatives. I end up buying new ones each year because I see something different the kids can use. You can use them for almost any math activity-sorting, counting, patterns and they work for whole group instruction and for small group or workstations.
     
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    I would use it for manips also-mainly because mine are grungy, worn-out and missing a bunch of pieces. I would also buy matching tubs with lids because I have a mish-mosh of tubs and it looks sloppy. New floor puzzles?
     
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    Is there a way to get a list of items that will already be in the room or provided? It would be a shame to spend money on things that will already be there for you.
     
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    individual lap white boards! great for lang arts and math!
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I have a lot to think about! I like the idea of the white board cart on wheels. Thanks
     
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    I honestly could NOT LIVE without my CDs. I've garnered a big collection of Dr. Jean and Jack Hartmann (among others) CDs and I swear, we use them ALL DAY LONG. On average, we listen to/sing/dance to about 10-15 songs a day. They are FILLED with fun ways of learning letters, sounds, numbers, and many other skills. I had to buy a boom box to listen to them on too - that was the best money I spent.
     
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    I second the individual dry erase boards! Another item we use almost daily are clip boards!!! They are great to complete work as a group on the rug. The kids love completing work on the clip boards...they are "official"!:)

    I couldn't do without my chair pockets either!!! The children keep their pencils, crayons, and calendar in the chair pockets!! I love the clean tables...no pencil boxes will ever come into my room again!!!:)
     
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    I don't think I could live without my big book storage rack. I also love having lots of different pocket charts and the alphabet tubs from Lakeshore.

    Many many of the things people are suggesting (dry erase boards, seat sacks, and even the alphabet tubs) are things you can make or have made for soooooooooooooo much cheaper.

    Dry erase boards-$10-$20 for roughly 20-30 at Lowe's.
    Seat sacks- cost of fabric plus a few bucks to a seamstress in comparison to a few hundred dollars
    ABC tubs- just pick up little toys from the dollar store that start with the different letters and put them in cheap tupperware
     
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    i agree that you should be careful not to buy something that may be in the room. i also second that a kinder teacher can never have enough manips. i also like to buy colored cardstock for all the little games you'll make.
     
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    Also, hit yard sales. Often times you can get a bunch of plastic toy items for free. Two years ago I ended up with a wood train set for free. This years class doesn't like it very much but last year class had it go all the way around my room.
     
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    For art supplies I would go to Discount School Supplies. They honestly have the best prices. I would spend my money here getting basics for lots of items that you will need.
     
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    I also agree with previous posters about seeing what items you already have in your classroom and hitting yard sales. We don't have play centers in our kindergarten classroom, but we do have literacy centers. See what your school wants and then go from there. :)
     
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    Whisper Phones

    I use whisper phones a lot in my classroom during guided reading, which if you look at Really Good Stuff or Lakeshore are pretty pricey, but you can also just go to Lowe's and get the pipe connectors and put two of them together and they totally work as a whisper phone and for about 1.00 each instead of much more! Just a thought to make the $250.00 spread! I would also suggest clear and concise number and letter lines, puzzles and floor puzzles, letter stamps with washable ink, wipe-off books to practice handwriting, and spending it on some form of theme for your room too! I have a frog theme and my kids are ALWAYS bringing me things to help me add to my theme! It's been great! Just a few suggestions! You're going to LOVE Kindergarten!
     
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    Wish List

    Another thing you can do is that for the other random things like Magic Erasers (a Kindergarten teacher's DREAM), Clorox Wipes, fun colored paper for notes, googly eyes and pipe cleaners for crafts, etc., at your meet the teacher night you can put up a wishlist and ask your parents to sign up for something. I did this this year and everything was signed up for really quickly and the parents were very good at sending it! Just a thought! You can ask for like sticky notes, masking tape, stuff like that too! You'd be amazed at how much parents will help you!
     
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    I love all colors of dry erase markers for demonstrating lessons.
    Also I would LOVE a library style bookcase. An ELMO is great but I think they are too much. The individual white boards/markers/erasers are great. My kids LOVE their wooden "spacemen" to use when writing. Good luck and have fun. I LOVE Kindergarten but will be moved to a different grade next year. :(
     

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