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!!)


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!!


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

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

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

  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!

    Fit to be Fourth

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

  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!
    Pinkadots Elementary

  6. You needed ALL of that! Well done!

    Lucky to Be in First

  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!
    A Burst of First

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

  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!

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

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

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

  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!

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

  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.
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  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
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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

    A Tall Drink of Water


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