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Although I am no way close to being in "back to school" mode, I have not totally forsaken my teacher shopping habit. In fact, in the two weeks since my mother passed away, one of the ways I have sought shelter from the chaos of the aftermath of the funeral, and the ongoing saga of being the executor of the estate, has been to indulge in a little "retail therapy". I tell you I am going to need REAL therapy at the rate all of this legal, financial stuff is going. But that is NOT for this blog post!
As I have posted about before on my blog, I like to create Back to School Survival Kits for my students. I put them together during the week leading up to school starting up again, and then put them on the student desks the night before school starts. I used to create them using paper bags, then I moved up to using pencil boxes, and then I went to using pencil pouches. The students seem to like the pouches. The other day when I was making my bi-weekly pilgrimage to Dollar Tree I spotted these
This is the closet picture I could find to the actual pouches I got from Dollar Tree. I will NOT be putting scissors in the pouches for my students. Last year I pre-ordered these from For Teachers Only.
Not to be deterred, I decided to make my own using items from Dollar Tree. Now I do have to admit that it will cost more in the end, but I can tailor what goes into each pouch right? I am going to put in one regular eraser, one pencil, one sharpener and the other things I list on here:
While I was there, I got some more composition notebooks. I started WHOLE CLASS JOURNALS last year and the kids loved it. I really just wanted the students to be WRITING more often, and to be reading each others work. The WHOLE CLASS JOURNAL idea worked really well with the group I had. I am hoping it is as successful this year.
You can find lots of free WHOLE CLASS JOURNAL covers for your notebooks here Teachers Pay Teachers.