Spring has sprung!! The sun is shining, you are (hopefully) feeling recharged from a more than deserved spring break, and the end of the year is in sight. As you re-entered your classroom from a week away, you likely noticed some of the things you were dealing with before that you didn’t have the time or energy for.
HA! I remember walking into my classroom and wondering “Why do I only have one whiteboard marker?” “Is there really tape holding my small group sign together?” and “How long have my erasers been leaving a huge residue on my board?” I thought to myself “How am I living like this?!” Sounds familiar?
As teachers, we get so focused on caring for our littles and doing the incredible work that we do that we sometimes forget to pour into ourselves. For this reason, I am super excited to share some of my favorites with you! Not only are they Amazon (which means they will easily ship straight to your door in a jiffy) but they are affordable, easy to use, durable (because….kids, hello!), and quite easily must-haves.
And the must-have Amazon purchases your classroom needs are…(drum roll please!):
10- Marker Wall-Mounted Metal Office Organizer
Ah yes, you may think “Why do I need this?” but after looking a little closer…you DO! Not only does this hold each marker for easy access, it allows them to store upside down which increases the lifespan of your markers!! With a strong adhesive on the back, you can easily store anywhere on your board!
Small Dry Erase Double-Sided Easel White Board
A small group table must have!! Not only is this super easy to use but it is double sided so you can easily prepare your board for the next group before they arrive at the table! LOVE this nifty little gadget!
Rolling Dry Erase Easel/Flipchart Pad
Looking to save paper? This rolling, dry erase flipchart is perfect!! It’s easy to write on, can be rolled around the room for student reference, and it is simple to clean! It has a ton of versatility and can be great for hallway welcome signs at conferences, teacher collaboration meetings, and so much more!
Dice In Dice Bucket
Don’t even get me started on ALL of the ways you can use these! They are the perfect math manipulative that can change the way your kids engage in mathematical conversations. Side note…they are easily wipeable which is perfect for those sticky fingers!
Over the Door Shoe Organizer
This is perfect for more than just your house! Easily store classroom supplies, manipulatives, games, and so much more. In my classroom, it serves as the ultimate water bottle holder so they aren’t constantly a threat to the beloved technology on their desks! I lovethis because it takes up little to no space and the cloth acts as a concealer which makes this organization super simple and clean. Ah, clean! Stick it on the back of your classroom door or hang it on an empty wall space!
Magnetic Storage Caddy
I am a superfan of these magnetic shelves! The truth is, you could use them for essentially anything but my favorite way to utilize this must-have is by displaying books. I like to display books that highlight our weekly focus so that kids can have easy access to them while creating an obvious place of return.
Dry-Erase Clear Plastic Reusable Sleeves
These are amazing for small groups! I love that they save me from spending time at the copy machine (a huge win!!) making consumables and instead afford me the opportunity to save time and paper! My kids write on these with dry-erase markers and they wipe clean as soon as they are done. I love that they come in an array of colors so you can organize them by small group or just have some fun!
My love of classroom gadgets doesn’t end here! If you are seeking more useful tools or class favorites, check out my Amazon storefront!
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