Why'd I Buy It


Confession time - I do not buy Christmas gifts in August or September or even October. I am lucky to start making a list in November. But....I start shopping for September in June - that is right, I shop for BTS before I am even done with my present school year!!

So I have been picking up a few things here and there and I have learned one thing - it is better to do your crazy BTS shopping by yourself. I have learned not to bring my husband (he can not handle seeing the total) and now I can not bring my 13 year old daughter because she says "What do you need that for?" or "Why are you buying that" and I actually try to rationalize my purchases. So I thought I would share with you some of my purchases...


Font from KG Fonts, Clipart from Melonheadz, Frame from I Teach, What's Your Superpower?

....because I know you will understand!!

First up, a class set of sponges:



These are not so my students can clean the classroom, although that is a fabulous idea. These are for creating class graphs : )

I got this idea from The Teacher Tipster (who I am secretly in love with). You can check it out here.



Next up, apple erasers:



Of course these are not for actual erasing, that would be silly. These are for 5 and 10 frame math activities. I have these activities from Deidre at A Burst of First. (only I bought the whole bundle! but this set has apple activities!!)

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Workshop-September-10-Print-and-Go-Activities-and-Games-794233


I also picked up this great freebie -  Five Frame Fun with Apples from Babbling Abbey.

I also picked up some awesome apple freebies from Cara at the First Grade Parade.

Next, these buckets:



Which were hard to ignore, I really wanted them. Come on, they have little blackboards on them!! I even kinda wanted them so I could do supplies for each group on a Lazy Susan or something or for Bucket Filling BUT my daughter started harassing me about what I needed them for and then I could not justify buying like 25 (1.00 each at Target) so I just bought a few and will be using them to hold coloring tools that will be organized by colour. Last year I used drawers but I think this will be cute too.



Last one (for today - I have bought a lot more!), these books:




I bought a class set (8 books for $3 at Target). Again, my plan is not 100% solid but they have 16 pages each and I am thinking they would be perfect for circle stories. I love using If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and all of the other books in this series and then having my students write their own circle story. Christmas is a great time to use circle stories (If You Take a Mouse to the Movies) since students can use so many different Christmas characters in their stories. I love If you Give a Reindeer some Root Beer from First Grader at Last!!

Well there you have it, some of my purchases and why I NEEDED to buy them!!



18 comments

  1. Ok, now I need those buckets with the chalkboards on them. And I don't know why. :-P
    Jivey

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  2. I LOVE the sponges as a bar graph! Thanks for introducing me to the Tipster Teacher.

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    1. You are welcome - sorry that you will now loose 3 hours of your life watching all of his videos!!

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  3. I love everything you bought - 100% justified. I would have never thought to use sponges for graphing. What a cool idea! I am going to check out the Tipster Teacher, as well as Target for those cool buckets!

    Mary
    Fit to be Fourth

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  4. Tipster Teacher is great. I will be buying the sponges and maybe the books.

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  5. Those books would be awesome for publishing a favorite narrative! I MUST get them. Where were they in Target? I also LOVE the buckets!
    Theresa
    Pinkadots Elementary

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  6. You needed ALL of that! Well done!

    Slainte,
    Molly
    Lucky to Be in First

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  7. Such great buys! I'm kicking myself that I didn't grab those blank books on my Target trip yesterday. And I am totally blushing over here that you got my bundle! Thanks so so much for the shout out!
    Deirdre
    A Burst of First

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  8. I need those adorable buckets! Great excuse to head to Target!

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  9. Good call to go shopping by yourself! Love all your goodies...must get some apple erasers myself. And woe to the cherub who tries to actually erase with them!

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  10. I Love everything you bought! Thanks for sharing the Teacher Tipster. I hadn't seen that!
    Michele
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

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  11. I love all these things!! Haha, you crack me up when saying that things aren't used for their normal purpose.

    Erin
    <a href="http://www.learningtobeawesome</a>

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  12. Love those blank books! We do a class book each year that we publish through StudenTreasures, but these would make great individual student books! Thanks for the tip!

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  13. Got the books, Couldn't pass up! Didn't see the apple erasers and buckets...Gotta go back!!
    First Grade by the Sea

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    1. I think I am going back for more books!!!

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  14. A teacher friend and I would go to $ Tree and just walk up and down the aisles looking for things we could re-purpose for our rooms! I think you were justified in all of your purchases.
    Kelly
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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  15. It's a good thing I don't have a 13 year old daughter because I am pretty sure the words, "Because I need them...hush your mouth" would be coming out! I love to shop all year long....ALL YEAR! I buy things I want, buy things I don't need, buy things that don't make any sense, buy things that get stuck in the closet...never to be seen again (kind of like things that go down in the basement)....I have a shopping problem. Next time I feel bad though...I'm going to remember that you like to shop too and blame it on you. Solid plan, yes? XOOX
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  16. I don't shop with anyone either!! Why do people feel they can question our purchases? Because I want/need/might use them!!

    Rachel
    A Tall Drink of Water

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