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This is my favorite time of year! Back to school supplies hit store shelves and there are some great deals. I spend the month of July checking weekly ads so that I can take advantage of smoking deals. School supplies can be rather expensive, so I stock up now in order to save money later.
Back to School Sales:
Check the ads/flyers for stores in your area to determine what is on sale each week. New sales will usually begin Sundays. Keep in mind that sales will differ every week. In addition, really good deals will go quickly, so plan to shop early in the week (preferably on Sundays or Mondays). Some deals will also be available online, so check websites weekly too.
There are materials that I use personally that I purchase during the summer sales. I stock up on items such as white board markers, post-it notes, and notecards. This is also a great time to purchase an academic calendar/planner and a clicker if you don’t already own one. Personal flash drives are also very helpful for storing electronic materials that you need to conduct class.
Supplies for the Classroom
There are also materials that I provide to my students when I ask that they complete activities in class. There are a lot of activities that you can do with Crayola markers, 3×5 cards, and paper in your classroom. Keep it simple at first and build your arsenal of materials/supplies over time. You can add a few more things each semester or at the beginning of each new school year.
I also purchase supplies to keep at home for personal use. I buy pens and pencils. I also buy crafting supplies like glue, crayons, and markers for my house (for my kids and for me). I love different color sharpies. Last year, I found a pack of 15-20 sharpies for under $10 at Walmart. I am still using them. You can get personal supplies as well as materials to use in the classroom for activities.
You can also ask students to bring their own materials keeping in mind that they are college students and may be living on a tight budget. College students usually return to class after K-12 schools get started. By the time they are returning to school, most of the school sales are over. However, talk to them about “Back to School” sales and encourage them to take advantage of them next year. I educate them about the types of materials they will need so that they can plan ahead and buy during the summer sales.
As you are checking ads, making lists of needed supplies, and doing your shopping, also remember, you can ask for donations. This helps to save money. Some of my colleagues ask for old magazines, scrapbooking materials, etc. to use to complete projects and activities that they use in their classes.
Have fun! Back to school shopping is an exciting time of year. You are preparing for a new semester, a new school year, a new batch of eager students who are ready to learn from you. The new school year signals a new beginning and a fresh start. Having some new and improved supplies can make it even better!
Here is a list of supplies to use as you shop for the beginning of the school year:
List of Supplies:
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
Vera Bradley Get Carried Away Tote