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#StopTeacherGuilt: How to Relax While You’re on Break

If you’re like me you’re always thinking of the next thing to do and never slow down (even on breaks). I often think of breaks as a perfect time to get more done and once break is over I don’t feel as rested as I should. Three inspirational teachers, Kelsey, Shana, and Jenna  have started a movement called #stopteacherguilt. This movement is about teachers making time for things that are important in their lives and not feeling guilty if they’re not constantly planning or working on things for the classroom. With winter break around the corner, I’ve created a list of how to relax while you’re on break and to #stopteacherguilt when you’re resting and recharging.

#StopTeacherGuilt: How to Rest and Recharge during Break

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1. Make a List

Create a list of things you don’t have time for during the regular school year. Some of the things on my list are:

  • Move into/settle into my new house
  • Play with and train my new puppy
  • Read a book
  • Learn hand lettering
  • Bake Christmas goodies with my family
  • Watch Christmas Hallmark movies

Other Ideas:

  • Binge watch a show
  • Try a new recipe
  • Complete a DIY project

2. Make a Promise to Yourself

Make a promise to do one of the things on your list each day (even if it’s just to rest!) Here’s the important thing about this promise: don’t think of any teaching responsibilities, #stopteacherguilt!

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3. Put Your Computer Down

I know, I know that’s not always possible and if creating a new product or starting a teacher blog is on your List of Things You Don’t Have Time For During School Time then allow yourself to use it, but only if it’s making your heart happy! Try, try, try not to check your school email. Parents’ needs can wait while you’re enjoying your well deserved time off. I have my school email on my phone (I know, total mistake right?) but I try not to check my messages until the day before we go back from break.

4. Leave Your Planner at School

Now, this might not be realistic and I will admit that I do take time to plan over breaks but if you can, leave it at school. If you can’t, only dedicate one day to planning and then put it away for the rest of your break. I like to enjoy the first part of my break, mostly because I am usually so burnt out and ready for a recharge that I can’t even think about planning until after I’ve given myself a break. This year, I’m going to try my hardest to plan before so I don’t have to work at all!

5. Make Time for You and Enjoy Your Break!


Are you a teacher who thinks about your job 24/7? Do you feel guilty when you're not working because there's so much to do? #StopTeacherGuilt, read here!


Join this wonderful #StopTeacherGuilt movement! What will you do to make sure you rest and recharge over break? Comment below!

Why You Should be Differentiating in Your Classroom

Differentiated instruction is such an important aspect of a successful classroom. In any grade, there is always a range of students’ capabilities. Some students flourish in some areas and need support during others. Some students need hand-holding throughout all subjects and others need a challenge. Differentiation can give students the extra support or challenge they need to never stop learning and never give up.

Do you have students ranging in levels and capabilities? You need to start differentiating in your classroom. Read here to find out why.

Differentiation: An Overview

By definition, differentiation is the “development from the one to the many, the simple to the complex” – Merriam Webster dictionary.

When teachers differentiate instruction, they tailor the lesson to the students’ needs by taking a concept they want their students to learn and providing support to lower students or a challenge to higher students.

Helping your Struggling Students

Your struggling students benefit a ton when you differentiate instruction because they are the ones who need extra help. They’re the kids who seem to be lost, don’t know the instructions, or guess to try to get by. There’s nothing wrong with this type of student, they just need you to hand-hold a little more.

How to help your lower students

  1. Model more than you would for the average student
  2. Do more examples together
  3. Work in a small group (with students at a similar level)
  4. Take the content and make it simpler
  5. Make it hands on

Differentiating in the Classroom

Challenging your High Students

Your high students can greatly benefit from differentiating instruction because they need a challenge to continue to grow. These are the kids who are raising their hands, know what to do before you tell them and could easily get bored because they already know everything you’re going to say. These kiddos need a push to reach a higher level.

How to challenge your high students

  1. Give higher level thinking assignments
  2. Talk less, model less, give less examples – set them free to work on their own
  3. Work in a small group (with students at a similar level)
  4. Let them be helpers to students who have trouble – sometimes students learn more from peers
  5. Make it hands on

Differentiating in the Classroom

When to Differentiate

Differentiating is tough, I’m not gonna lie. Taking a concept and splitting it up so it’s taught at all students’ levels seems like a lot of work and honestly, it is. That’s why I’ve chosen to focus on differentiating during reading and math.


My lower school team uses guided reading as a way to teach reading. I learned this teaching strategy when I got my credential so I was familiar and comfortable when I started teaching kindergarten. If you have a strong program (we use Fountas and Pinnel) and materials then it’ll be simple enough. Now, guided math is a different beast. This is my first year using guided math and I am just starting to get the hang of it. (That’ll be another post for another time.) What I’m learning this year while using a guided math is to differentiate by tweaking the curriculum program we have so I’m not making more work for myself.


Differentiating is such a magical tool that can really help students grow and flourish if you put the time in to set up a system, create the lessons and work with your kiddos in small group settings.


Do you differentiate in your classrooms? What tips would you give a beginning differentiator?

Differentiating in the Classroom

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Projects: An Alternative to Homework

Need a more engaging way to get students working at home? Read here to find out how projects work in my kindergarten class.

Calling all teachers: do you give homework? I’ve been giving weekly packets since I became a kindergarten teacher 4 year ago. I do like that while students are doing their homework, they are practicing what we’ve been learning in class and are given an opportunity to show their parents what they’ve learned or what they struggle with. However, I feel that students should be exploring the world and using their hands to learn instead of completing worksheet after worksheet. That’s why this year, I’m sending home monthly projects.

Need a more engaging way to get students working at home? Read here to find out how projects work in my kindergarten class.

Monthly Projects

Monthly projects are given in place of one of my weekly homework packets. They are designed to reinforce certain skills or concepts we’re learning but in a hands on way and so parents get involved. After each project, students present to their classmates about what they did and what they learned. It’s so precious to see kindergarten students get excited about their learning and put on their grown up voices to share what they did with their friends.

Projects By Theme

I created these projects to go along with a theme depending on which month the project is assigned in. For example, this September, my students completed an “All About Me” project so we could get to know each other on a deeper level.

This chart shows the name of the project, theme and what content area students are working on while doing the project.

Need a more engaging way to get students working at home? Read here to find out how projects work in my kindergarten class.

Projects and Family Involvement

What I love most about projects is that they involve my students’ families. In our “All About Me” project, parents helped their child by finding pictures of them as a baby or as a family. During the “Great Candy Investigation”, families worked with their child on different activities revolving around candy. This type of “homework” is more engaging than the typical pencil and paper work. It’s something students will remember as they grow older. They won’t remember the worksheet, they’ll remember the activity.

Need a more engaging way to get students working at home? Read here to find out how projects work in my kindergarten class.


My Monthly Projects Resource is a growing bundle, meaning if you purchase now, you get a deal because it’s priced low and as I add more projects to the resource, the price goes up. Check out my Monthly Projects Resource here.

Or check out the Monthly Projects I’ve already created through clicking the pictures!

Need a more engaging way to get students working at home? Read here to find out how projects work in my kindergarten class. Need a more engaging way to get students working at home? Read here to find out how projects work in my kindergarten class. Need a more engaging way to get students working at home? Read here to find out how projects work in my kindergarten class. Need a more engaging way to get students working at home? Read here to find out how projects work in my kindergarten class.

Do you send home projects in your classroom? What types of projects would you and your students enjoy?

Give Students Responsibility: Classroom Jobs

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My students absolutely LOVE to have responsibility. They’re always asking what they can do or if they can help, which is why I love my classroom jobs. Each week, students get a new classroom job where they can be responsible for a certain part of our class. Some jobs have a lot to do and others get little action.

Read how to give students some work around the classroom through giving them classroom jobs.

Classroom Jobs: An Overview

Each year, I try to come up with a job for every student to do each week. I like when everyone has a job, even if the job is “substitute” or “on vacation” because it makes it easier to switch and manage the jobs. My jobs are hung on a ribbon that hangs near the front of my classroom. I clip a clothes pin with each student’s name on each of the jobs to keep track of who is responsible for what job for the week. When it’s time to switch jobs, I simply rotate the clips around the job display.

Read how to give students some work around the classroom through giving them classroom jobs.

This year, my jobs include:

  • Board Eraser
  • Caboose
  • Calendar Monitor
  • Hand Sanitizer Monitor
  • King or Queen of the Jungle (which is our jungle equivalent to Star of the Week)
  • Librarian
  • Lights Monitor
  • Line Leader
  • Lunch Monitor
  • Messenger
  • On Vacation
  • Paper Passer
  • Place Value
  • Substitute
  • Table Wiper
  • Teacher’s Assistant
  • Weather Reporter

Items you might want for your classroom job system…


The Specifics

I’ve organized this list into jobs that have a lot of activity (busy jobs) and jobs that are more low key (slow jobs).

Busy Jobs

  • Teacher’s Assistant: This person helps out whenever I need some extra help. I have them do things like turn on my SmartBoard, help the paper passer and anything else that might come up where I need to pick a student to do a special job.
  • Star of the Week: Self explanatory, they are the star all week! Check out my star of the week Jungle resource here.
  • Line Leader: Front of the line.
  • Caboose: Back of the line.
  • Hand Sanitizer: This person gives each student a small squirt of hand sanitizer before snack and lunch.

Read how to give students some work around the classroom through giving them classroom jobs.

  • Librarian: The librarian puts books away. I have two purple bins that students put their books in when they are done with them. Each book has a sticker color that correlates with a color on a bin in the library. The librarian matches the book sticker to the bin sticker and places the book inside the bin.
  • Lights Monitor: Turns the lights on and off.
  • Paper Passer: Self-explanatory
  • Table Wiper: Helps wipe the tables off at the end of the day. No germs in my class!

Slow Jobs

  • On Vacation: This person gets to take a break for the week: no job!
  • Board Eraser: The board eraser gets to erase the board or SmartBoard after a lesson.
  • Messenger: This person delivers any messages or items to other classrooms or the office. Also, if a student needs help going to the office, they can bring them there.
  • Lunch Monitor: Checks to see if all lunch boxes are put away after lunch and before we go home.
  • Substitute (depends on if a lot of students are absent that week): This person does a job if a student is absent.

The other jobs are specific jobs to circle time so they are relatively busy since they have a job to do each morning, but their job is done once circle is over. Read about my circle time routine here.


Check out my bright chevron classroom jobs resource here. Of if you have a jungle theme like me, check out the jungle jobs here!

 Classroom Jobs

What kind of jobs do you use in your classroom?

Transitioning to NGSS Science Standards: Tips and Freebies

Has your school adopted the new NGSS science standards? Mine has and this year, we are creating our own curriculum to fit with these new standards. My team has come up with ways we can best teach these standards in a fun and engaging way, without breaking the bank. We’ve combined a few different resources and come up with some of our own ideas to create a unique curriculum to teach our students.

Transitioning to NGSS Standards

What are the new standards?

Kindergarten topics:

  • Motion and Stability
  • Earth Systems
  • Energy
  • Weather and Climate
  • Living Things
  • Engineering Design

You can check out the all the NGSS standards through this website.

Transitioning to NGSS Standards

Teaching the Standards

I’ve pulled together a few resources to help in my transition to NGSS standards without spending too much money. The two main resources I’ll be using this year are Better Lesson and an interactive notebook that my team and I found on TpT.

  1. Better Lesson – This website is amazing because it has a TON of free lessons and resources. In searching this website, I found a teacher whose lesson plans I will mainly stick with this year. Her name is Joyce Baumann and she has 10 kindergarten science units all packed with experiments and activities. Check out her page here!
  2. Interactive Notebook – I’ll be using this interactive notebook as an additional component to the experiments and activities I found through Better Lesson. This resource is from The Barefoot Teacher and comes with 6 units that go along with the new standards.

I’m using a mix between these two resources along with some creations I’ve made to make this transition as smooth as possible. I love teaching science and I am thrilled with the change in standards!

Another free resource I will incorporate is Mystery Science. This website also has many interactive activities and experiments.

Transitioning to NGSS Standards

Example Unit

Check out my plans for my first unit in science! This freebie includes my overall plans, bullet points for each lesson, and interactive notebook pages that coincide with the experiments in Better Lesson.

My 5 Senses Curriculum Freebie

Other Resources

Transitioning to NGSS Standards

What resources do you use to teach the NGSS standards?

Transitioning to NGSS Standards

Give Students Responsibility: Clean Up

Do you feel like you’re constantly picking up after your students in order to keep your room tidy? Why don’t you get the students to help?! My kinder students LOVE to have responsibilities. It makes them feel like they’re adults and they love being helpful. I organize my room and supplies so students can independently keep things clean. That way, when I give them responsibilities during clean up time, they put things away to my satisfaction, eliminating the need for me to clean up after them.

Clean Up

Room Organization

My first tip is to spend some time in the beginning of the year showing students where things belong in your room. I set my room up in sections. I have a writing center, listening center, word work area, math area and of course a free play section. Having sections in your room make it easier for students to know what things belong where and where they can go when they need a certain material. Check out my classroom reveal to see exactly what my room looks like!

In the beginning of the year, I give a classroom tour. During my tour, I show students what they can find in each area of the classroom.

  • Writing Center: paper, markers, extra crayons and colored pencils and our sharp/dull bins
  • Listening Center: iPads, passwords, headphones
  • Word Work: word work center materials, extra whiteboard pens/erasers, whiteboards, magnets, cookie sheets
  • Math: math manipulatives, puzzles, any math centers we’re using
  • Free Play: toys, the kitchen, blocks, Legos, dress up etc (this center is always the toughest to keep clean)

Clean Up

Within each station there is a system of how students can independently keep things clean and organized without my help.

For example:

  • Writing Center: I have a sharp and dull bucket. Students know when they have dull pencils or colored pencils, they put them in the dull bucket. Then, students can grab a sharp pencil or colored pencil in this area.
  • Listening Center: Students keep their headphones in a pocket of a shoe organizer. The pocket has their name so they know exactly where their headphones belong.
  • Word Work, Math and Free Play: Everything in these sections are labeled with a picture of the real classroom item. This helps students know exactly what should go where and what they can expect to find in certain spots.

Clean Up

Storage Organization

My second tip goes along with the last bullet point: label, label, label (and with real pictures). It is especially important to label with pictures if you teach kindergarten because they likely can’t read yet.

I also try to put things in bins or boxes to make it easy to stack and fit as much as I can in a small amount of space.

Some things I have in my classroom that you might want to try for your storage organization:

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Classroom Jobs

The last tip that has saved me lots of clean up time is to give students classroom jobs that specifically help clean up certain things.

  • Librarian: The librarian puts books away (pretty obvious). I organize this by color coding my library. Each category of books has a color and the librarian knows where to put each book because the label on the book bin has the same color. Once students are done reading their book, they put the book in one of two purple bins. The librarian puts the books in the purple bins away whenever they have some free time.
  • Scrap patrol: This person is in charge of making sure all the scraps are picked up off the floor and tables. I make sure to tell this person that they do not have to be the person cleaning but they can give friendly reminders to their classmates and help out whenever they can.
  • Lunch monitor: We keep our lunch boxes in two blue bins. When it’s time to clean up, the lunch monitor makes sure every student has taken their lunch box. I’ve had too many students forget their lunch box in the blue bin and it stays overnight getting very yucky and stinky.

Check out my bright, chevron themed classroom job set by clicking the picture! Or click here if you’d like a jungle theme!

Classroom Jobs

These tips have helped my sanity in keeping the classroom clean but also not having to clean it all myself. Kindergarten students are very capable if you give them the right tools to be successful.

How do you keep your classrooms tidy?

Clean Up

The Benefits of Having a Class Travel Buddy

Having a class travel buddy is a special part of my kindergarten class. Nellie is a small stuffed cow that I had when I was a child. Now, she lives in a red barn and loves to document all her adventures with my students!

Class Travel Buddy

Class Travel Buddy

Each week, one student gets to take Nellie home and spend special time with her. Some students sleep with her, introduce her to their other toys, take her on playdates, some have even taken her on vacation! After the week is up, the student writes and draws about the time they had together. When the student returns Nellie, they share what they did with her and answer some questions that the other kiddos might have about their adventure.

Class Travel Buddy

Benefits of a Class Travel Buddy

  1. Students absolutely LOVE getting to take a buddy home. They feel so special when it’s their turn and the smile on their face is priceless.
  2. This activity is VERY low maintenance. Once I set up her book and make a schedule of when each child takes Nellie home, I barely even think about her.
  3. Families get involved in an easy way. Parents can help their child write about the fun time they had with Nellie.
  4. You get a glimpse of each child’s family life. You can find out what’s important to them and what they like to do as an individual or as a family.
  5. A travel buddy creates amazing memories for each child. Each student I’ve had loves Nellie so much! I’ve had some students cry when they have to give her back. Others have gone out and purchased their own “Nellie” stuffed cow. This year, one of my students asked about Nellie on the first day of school. I had his brother a couple of years ago and he remembered her and how much fun they had with her. As simple as this activity is, it is such a memorable experience to all (Nellie included)!


Check out this resource to help you create your own classroom travel buddy book!

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Do you send a travel buddy home with each student? What kind of buddy is in your class!?

Class Travel Buddy

How to Make Back to School Night Successful

Back to School Night is an important night because it’s one of the only times you have all parents (or most) in one place. Although I dread talking in front of an adult crowd, I’m appreciative we have this night so we can give all information out at once and don’t have to repeat the info to each parent. Here’s how I set myself up for Back to School Night success!

Back to School Night

Look the Part (both you and the room)

  1. You – Wear something comfortable that makes you feel confident!

I like to dress up more than normal because Back to School Night is an important night where you get to give parents essential information about the upcoming year. It’s also one of the first times you’re meeting parents and dressing up will portray professionalism.

  1. Room – Make sure your classroom is tidy and presentable!

The day of Back to School Night, I have my students help me clean the room by ending our free play a little sooner than normal. I tell students that they’ve magically become vacuum cleaners and their job is to clean every speck from the carpet. Students love this idea (who knows why?) and crawl around on the carpet and sometimes even make a vacuum noise (tell them they’re quiet vacuums).

Back to School Night

Once the room is clean, get it ready with any information or work you want to display. I like to put a blank paper out for parents to write or draw something for their kids that I leave for the students to find the next day. This is nice to have out as parents walk in because it gives them something to do while you wait for all the other parents. I also put an information packet and birthday form on each child’s table spot. Parents can take this home for their reference and return the form once completed.

I also set out a “mint” treat. Check out my Back to School Night Mint Display Freebie!

Hit the Highlights

I prepare a Back to School Night powerpoint as a guide to what I want to cover with the parents. I start out by telling parents my background and schooling and then move into curriculum. Next, I discuss each subject and a brief overview of what students will learn in kindergarten. Other topics I include are homework, projects, field trips, star of the week and Nellie. Nellie is a stuffed cow that students will get to take home for a week during our school year.

After I give my spiel, my room parents talk about volunteer opportunities for our school and classroom.

Once this night is over, I take a big breathe of relief. It’s one of the most exhausting, long (12 hour) days but with these tips it’ll be amazing! Good luck!


Check out my Back to School Night resources by clicking the pictures below.

Back to School Night Flip Book    Back to School Night Mint Freebie

What makes your Back to School Night successful?

Back to School Night

Classroom Reveal

Welcome to my classroom reveal! I am currently going into my 4th year teaching so I’ve had a few years to figure out exactly how I want my classroom. I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t and I’ve arranged and rearranged countless times. I’m at the point where I am so happy with how my room is set up and organized and I cannot wait to share it with you!

Kindergarten Classroom Reveal

Welcome to the Jungle

When you walk in my room, I want it to feel welcoming with bright colors and obvious organization. I want my students to feel invited, like their classroom is their second home and structured so they can be successful. I chose a jungle theme because I personally love animals and it’s a very gender neutral theme. Plus, there’s a lot you can do creatively with this theme.

Kindergarten Classroom Reveal

Student Tables

My students work mainly in two spots: their tables and the carpet. At their tables, they have everything they need in their chair pouch. I recommend the chair pouch because students can keep their supplies separate and they look a lot neater than the communal table caddies (personal preference).

Kindergarten Classroom Reveal

Rug Area – Circle Time

Our rug area is where students sit for circle time, whole group lessons or introductions and read alouds. We also use this area to use the SmartBoard and Elmo. I love that my carpet has individual squares because if I notice students spreading out or getting too close to their neighbor, I tell them to “tuck into their square” and everyone can check their bodies.

     Kindergarten Classroom RevealKindergarten Classroom Reveal


My library is one of my favorite spots in my classroom! I made it a little bigger this year because as years go on I accumulate books upon books. Everyone wants to donate their old books to the kindergarten class and I can never say no to books! Doesn’t this area look so comfy?! I love the miniature couches and book buddies to read with.

Listening Center

The listening center is where my students take their iPads during Listen to Reading of our literacy centers. Here, students find their headphones, any passwords they might need and the listen to reading response sheet. This year, I’m organizing my students headphones in over the door shoe organizers! I just cut one in half and taped it on the wall – no more tangled mess!

Kindergarten Classroom Reveal

Writing Center

My writing center holds everything students may need during writing time. They have their pencils, colored pencils, crayons and writing folders in their chair pouch but this area holds all the extras. Behind this center I display my writing posters. I got these freebie posters here! As we work on a step in the writing process, I put up the poster.

Kindergarten Classroom Reveal


My main whiteboard displays our daily schedule, guided reading and math schedules and one of our behavior management systems, “Eye Like What I See”.

Kindergarten Classroom Reveal

Guided Reading Tables

I am so fortunate to have a full time assistant teacher so when we do guided reading, two groups of students get to meet with a teacher while the rest are doing independent stations. My students meet at either my guided reading table or my assistant teachers. This summer, I DIYed some crate seats for my table! I also put together some guided reading caddies for maximum organization for our guided reading time.

Kindergarten Classroom Reveal

Free Play

The free play area is the space that I just can’t seem to get right. It is always a mess! This year, I bought new containers that fit better in the bookcase and labeled each lid. No matter what I do, students just don’t clean up the way I want… I guess that’s what I get for teaching kindergarteners! Any kindergarten teachers have a fabulous way to organize free play things?

Kindergarten Classroom Reveal


My room used to be the library in our school so my room is the only room that does not have a full wall of amazing storage. I do have three cabinets but I’ve had to be creative with this storage space as it is pretty small. One thing I’ve changed this year is making use of the space above my cabinets. I’ve used this space in the past, but usually I just shove things above it and it looks like a hot mess. This year, I decided the organize materials by season and cleaning supplies. I love how organized it looks (at least right now)!

Teacher Desk

This is my little home in the classroom to keep all my teacher things!

Kindergarten Classroom Reveal

Thank you for stopping by my jungle theme classroom! What’s your favorite part about your classroom?

Top 10 Teacher Must Haves

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Recently, I asked teachers what their favorite school supplies are for the classroom. As you can imagine, many teachers had a hard time mentioning just one! I compiled a list of the top 10 teacher must haves. Does your favorite make the list?

Top 10 Teacher Must Haves

1. Flair Pens

Teachers are ALWAYS talking and obsessing over the magical wonder of flair pens and I completely agree. These pens will actually change your life. They come in many different colors including pastels and tropical colors [major heart eyes!!] I love the way the pens write. It makes correcting (or for me, drawing stars) a much more enjoyable task!

2. Sharpies/Chart Paper Markers

Is one of your guilty pleasures creating beautiful anchor charts? Well, sharpies and chart paper markers make the list of top teacher must haves. I really like the thin tip markers by Crayola. These pens have a pointy tip for making writing and detail easy but if you hold the marker at an angle it goes on thicker. Easy to draw with! And of course what would we do without sharpies!

3. Chart Paper

Again with the guilty pleasure! Chart paper is really an essential but not just any chart paper.. my favorite is the post-it sticky kind because it is SO easy to pick up and move ANYWHERE! Sometimes I’ll teach from one of my anchor charts at the carpet and then peel it off the chart and stick it on my whiteboard so students can use it at their tables. AMAZING! This one comes in plain white, dry erase or primary lines.

4. HP Printer and Instant Ink

I am a newbie here myself but I’ve heard great things about using an HP printer so you can get instant ink. If you’re tired of buying loads and loads of ink like me, you must sign up for Instant Ink. The printer knows when you are running low on ink and ships you more BEFORE you run out! I just bought myself a new printer and signed up and already I know it’s worth it. Click here to get a month of ink free!

5. Laminator and Laminating Sheets

Laminating all the things is not only one of my favorite things but is also so worth the time it takes! I have laminated pretty much everything that I prep and it has lasted three years so far and looks like it will continue to last a long time. I like to laminate decor, games, word work, puzzles.. everything! Especially if students are going to be using it because we all know kindergarteners are not the most gentle.

6. Post-its

Post-its made the list because duh, teachers write lists about lists! I love using the larger post its that have lines on them because my lists usually don’t fit all on the standard size. And, these bright colors make every teacher heart happy!

7. Expo markers

I recently got the multicolored large pack of expo markers on super discount on Amazon Prime Day and am obsessed! Now, these are sacred so I never let my students use them.. however the thin tip black expos are what I give students to use on their mini whiteboards. These are good for informal assessments or during word work. Tip: expo markers work on anything laminated. I laminate my word work and students use their markers to complete the work depending on what sight or spelling words we have.

8. Astrobrights

Holy brightness! This pack of Astrobrights paper is aaaamazing! I like to print important flyers on this type of paper because it gets parents attention. How many times do you send home Friday Folders and you never hear back? Well, using bright colors get noticed way more and parents will respond.

9. Lesson Planner

Have you tried an Erin Condren planner? If you have, I’m sure you’re hooked. These teacher planners come with everything you could ever want and they are ADORABLE! I seriously love planning for my kinders and I think most of the enjoyment is because I get to write in my Erin Condren planner. You can even customize!! This is what my planner looks like for this upcoming year!

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10. Teacher Toolbox

I’m new to teacher toolboxes as of this year but I am SO excited to use it for all the things and stay super organized. I purchased a couple like this off of amazon and made my own labels to fit with my jungle theme. There are also a ton of other label designs on TpT!

Teacher Toolbox