What should I spend my money on?

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  1. Madison says:

    Wow, looks like somebody loves you. That is a lot of great stuff.
    Do you have a calendar? Magnets?

  2. Kelli Beason says:

    What language games do you have?

  3. Marge says:

    WOW That is so weird to me to be given a sum of money per year. At my school we are provided with pretty much whatever we need as far as supplies go. Boy do i feel lucky. This is going to be my fourth year already but i still remember the first one. I would go through what you have and then i would wait a few months teach and then you will see what you are missing. I order stuff at the beginning of the year but by the end i wish i had ordered other things. Also on my supply list i create a section of supplies that the class can use but that are completely optional. Every year so far i pretty much have gotten great donations. I also like to look through the catalogs and see what i can make rather then buy.

  4. Mrs. Morris says:

    You have great resources in your room. Wow and to get money like that, so cool! I would focus on things like paint, cleaning supplies, markers, etc. You will be using school money, so that means whatever you get belongs to the room and not to you. Make sure you are ok with parting with those things if you leave.

    Simply 2nd Resources

  5. Melissa says:

    I always have to make sure I save enough money in my school budget to replace my printer ink cartridges a few times a year (some schools may provide that but mine doesn't). And I also always need white and colored cardstock to print off all the awesome games and activities from everyone's blogs. Do you plan on using nameplates on the desks. Really Good Stuff has some great ones (that peel off easily at the end of the year) and they're about $30.00 a set.

  6. Adrienne says:

    Julie, I will be teaching all subjects. Buying materials to teach specific content sounds like a great idea! I didn't even think of that. I don't have too much wall space because my classrooms is one of the smaller ones so bulletin boards, chalk boards, and white boards pretty much take up all of the space. O have already planned what i want to go on these boards. Thanks!!!

  7. Just Julie says:

    Wow! It sounds like you were lucky to get some good stuff. Will you teach all core subjects? If yes then I would make a list of what you think you would use for each subject and also a list of general teacher supplies (such as overhead markers, sharpies, velcro, etc.) Since it is your first classroom you will need to think about what you will put on the walls. Are you going to use a theme or decorate using general posters? Sometimes looking at a catalog or educational website will get you thinking. Good luck!

  8. Adrienne says:

    Thanks for the Great Advice!!

    I will be sure to check on the language games next time I go in.

  9. Mrs.Kincaid says:

    It's been years since our school or PTA could afford to give us any allowances, but I have a tip from my teacher stipend glory days! 🙂

    At our school, anything purchased with that money was considered school property. If you ever left the school, you had to leave those items behind. You might want to check on the stipulations at your school.

    I always used my school money throughout the year on consumable items… ziploc bags, cookies or cupcakes or food for celebrations, special items for projects… that way, I didn't have to worry about leaving anything behind when I left the school.

    When I found an item I really liked, I made sure to buy it with my own money so it belonged to me.

    I enjoyed having that gift card in my wallet throughout the year when I needed something for class. I suggest you hang on to it and use it as needed! 🙂

    ✰ Mrs. Kincaid
    Mrs. Kincaid’s First Grade

  10. Kelli Beason says:

    I would love to know what the games are when you have time to find out. I have never been able to find good games for language art skills.

  11. Adrienne says:

    I'm not exactly sure about the types of language games. I know I have some for reading skills/strategies like inferencing, sequencing, drawing conclusion, etc. I also have games for the different parts of speech and other things such as homophones, synonyms, antonyms, etc.

    The teacher did leave me a lot of magnets and I got all the calendar things I needed from the Dollar Tree. It is not a pocket chart but we don't do calendar whole group in 3rd grade anyway.

    Thanks for the input!!!

  12. I have a similar cabinet in my room. I purchased the stackable plastic drawers (actually my husband used to use them as his dresser…seriously?) they fit perfectly into the "hanging" side of the cabinet. It really makes the storage more useful, and also being a newish teacher it was nice to have the boxes to pack in when I had to move schools…

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