Happy weekend everyone! I hate to say it but I've become linky crazy lately. I just found another great linky party on the oh so fabulous Melissa at First Grade Smiles! I think what is common about most teachers is that you find yourself always WISHING for the latest, greatest gadget in your classroom. I know I do. I think I have a sickness because I am constantly lurking in the $1 section of Target all the time. So now I would love to share my great finds and then give you a few of my dear wishes (a girls got to wish ever now and then). So here we go,
My favorite find of all time is these Dr. Seuss reading bags at the $1 section at Target. Every summer usually around June or July I can find these bags. They are the perfect size for my Take Home Reading program and they last, last, last! I know it sounds costly but you never need to replace them unless your little kiddo happens to loose one. They are awesome and I just call them our Dr. Seuss bags. Love these!
Every teacher loves her sharpies but do you have the "No Bleed" sharpies? These fabulous finds do not bleed through the paper. I prefer to use sharpies on my anchor charts but the one thing that always drove me crazy was how the back of my charts you could see the markers. NOT ANY MORE!
OK it's a sickness. I can't live without these too. I use them for graphs, my math word wall, and any prediction charts in science we do. I love the new neon colors and now there are Post-It notes that come in shapes like flowers, hearts, etc. So cute :)
And finally introducing my all time favorite item.....Large, black, undestroyable, Ticonderoga pencils. They are THE WORLD'S BEST PENCIL! They have a awesome black rubber texture to them that helps my kiddos with grip and I love using the large size. It really helps my little friends that have a difficult time with writing.
Now for my wish list....
I would LOVE to have a tabletop chart stand for my guided reading table. I would use this for so many small group activities but they are pretty expensive so maybe one rainy day.
OK this is blurry but I can always use stack of these fantastic Post-It chart paper. They stick anywhere and I go through these so quickly. What a brilliant idea for teachers! I just wish they weren't so darn expensive.
So my final wish...the most important of all....is to build my listening center. I am constantly borrowing sets of books and scrambling to find listening center books. I would love to have my own set organized and ready to go weekly for my literacy centers.
It is probably a BIG DREAM but hopefully one day I'll have a good supply of books for my little kiddos.
So now I can't wait to hear from all of you on your FAVS and your wish list.
Come join the WISH LIST LINKY party!