Create Teach Share is hosting a post-it party! How could I not participate? I love, Love, LOVE post-its!
If you know me, you might know that I am obsessed with sticky notes. I have TONS of them. Everywhere. I have the plain yellow ones, colored ones, super sticky ones, tabs, flags, big ones, small ones, lined ones, decorative ones, shaped ones, ones with fun messages... I told you I have TONS! I wish I had a picture of all the ones that are in my desk drawer alone. Maybe I will sneak in later today and take a picture.
Now, on to how I use them! As a special education teacher, I used the plain yellow ones on paperwork. I used the decorative ones to send little messages to co-workers. I used lined ones to make lists. I used the flags to mark pages I needed to copy. I used tabs to section pages in a binder. etc. BUT- I am about to be a FIRST GRADE teacher this school year and I have discovered some fabulous new ways to use post-its. Boy am I excited that I have such a collection! Did you know that you can use a template to print them on your printer? Why didn't I think of that?? The ideas from that alone are endless!
This will be the main decor for my classroom this year. There are a few coordinating things that I have added in addition to some of the things you see here. I am going with a Star theme, so this worked well.
Of course, I couldn't love just ONE bulletin board set. I used this for my teacher board area:
So, which bulletin board set(s) are you in love with this year?
Vista Print has a LOT of FREE items right now. There is also a link you can use to get FREE shipping when you spend $1 or more. I added all FREE items and then changed the ink on the stamp to be red for $1.49 in order to get FREE shipping!
Here's what I got:
3 sets (140 labels each)
business cards (250)
business cards - 3 sets of 250 for 750 total
Car door magnets - I hope they aren't too big to use on a fridge!
3 mouse pads
2 of this mug
1 of this mug
1 T-shirt. It only worked on the order I didn't have a mug, so there might be a one or the other on those items. If I had figured it out sooner, I would have picked the shirt!
3 sticky note pads
3 totes like this
1 tote like this
Use these links to find the FREE items. Add them to your card and then click the FREE shipping. To order multiples, wait a few minutes for your order to process and then click 'Reorder'. You can edit the items before ordering again if you like.
FREE shipping (do this last! make sure you have upgraded the stamp to red ink)
I know some teachers make an order and then reorder enough for all of their students. At $1.49 each, that's a pretty good deal! You can divide the items up for different events - welcome back, Christmas, etc.
I am totally feeling that I need to rush to fit everything in as the time left on summer vacation quickly dwindles. My 'To Do' list got considerably longer and I have been attempting to be more diligent about getting things crossed off of it. Here are some things that I am "cramming" in before I head back to school:
-building a 6 cube shelf to organize the "office"
-organize the "office"
-clean windows, blinds, and wash curtains in all rooms
-clean ceiling fans (yuck! no wonder it's still on the list.)
-scrapbook more pages
What are you hoping to "cram" in before the school year begins?
It feels like summer barely got started and now we are having to already gear up for Back to School. The best part of that (in my opinion) is school supply shopping! The sales have already started and I was out there grabbing deals!! I found lots of great things in addition to the normal crayons, glue, scissors supplies.
Staples is notorious for their penny deals. This week they had 3- cap erasers, glue bottles, and Bic pens. They allow teachers to buy a class set of 25. I got 25 cap erasers, 10 glue bottles (I prefer the glue sticks, but sometimes the bottle glue is needed.), and 10 of the Bic pens.
They had some 25cent deals as well- poly folders, reams of paper (after rebate), Bic mechanical pencils, and slider pencil cases.
They also had 2 packs of scissors, 5 packs of Sharpies, and shaped post-it notes for $1. There were other things too, but these are the ones I got.
I had to go to 2 Staples to get enough of each color of the scissors (is this an OCD teacher thing?!). The second store wouldn't let me get extras of them, so good thing I only needed the 2 packages. I am not sure if the first store manager was just generous/nice or clueless, but I was pleased with her!
I also got Mr. Sketch markers. I LOVE these for writing on chart paper.
I found these cute Star Student pencils for only $1 each.
CVS has 2 pocket folders 10/$1. The limit is 10, so that is how many I got. (I am going to need a lot more, but I am hoping that Staples will have them for $0.01 next week.) They also have $1.99 Sharpies (I got the big fat ones!) and Expo 4 packs. After pricing them at WalMart and Target, I discovered that is a deal and will have to go back to pick some up!
Walgreens had a few things I needed for William's supply list- Ticonderoga pencils 10pk for $0.99. I LOVE this brand of pencils. Why can't they be cheaper?! Anyway, I bought 1 for his list. Also, a pair of Fiskars scissors (wow, they were brand specific on the list. smh) were $0.99.
Wal-Mart has a lot of supplies out as well. I went there first to get prices on stuff to know if it was a good deal or not. LOL
I got crates to use under student tables for supplies and one smaller crate called a locker crate.
They had some cute Star themed teacher products that I grabbed.
I bought the giant glue sticks instead of the small ones.
The list of supplies I need is getting smaller! :)
I think the Target Dollar Spot is a bittersweet place to shop for teachers! So much to buy, not enough money in the pocketbook. :)
Here are the things I found on clearance for 75% off, so $0.25 each!
Caddies and bins, $2.50 each. I've been WAITING for these to come out.
Magazine file holders
I am not sure if I will use these at home or school yet.
Dr. Suess pencils and notepad
The big score: pocket charts, dry erase board, 2 star pointers, alphabet puzzles, number puzzles, Happy Birthday awards, star student awards, star student book markers, mini dry erase markers, and dry erase sentence strips
I thought these would be cute in the window of my door.
I thought these were $1, but they were $2.50. Considering returning 2 of them.
Coupon deals: the 2 pack of Sharpies were free! the tape was $0.50, the flashcards were $0.79 and the dual tip Sharpies were $1 each. They could be $0.49 each if you had 2 coupons. All coupons were Target coupons.
I just LOVE this idea! I probably have about 15 soap dispensers in my cupboard. I can't wait to get home and try this out. If you want to try it, you can often get hand soap for FREE using coupons. See the directions at Brown Paper Packages.