Thursday, July 26, 2012

Dollar Aisle Deals

I love me some Target, especially the dollar aisle. I mean, it's like a mecca for teachers, you know? If you haven't been lately (within the last week) you really need to go check it out. I found some great things for my classroom. I found small 4x9 lined dry erase boards to use for whole group phonics/writing, 4 to a pack for $1. Class set=$7. Then today I found two sided dry erase boards with the holes down the left to look like notebook paper but with the handwriting lines. Wow. That was a pretty good find. I got 7 of them and plan to use during my small group writing time to help students with visual/spatial aspects of writing on paper. Then, as if that wasn't good enough, I found OWL shaped chalkboards. Amazing, and so adorable. I got 2 of them. I'm not exactly sure how I'll use them, but at least they go with my owl theme.  Seemed like a good enough reason to buy them if you ask me! They also had boxes of dice and playing cards to use in your math centers.Then there's the Dollar Tree. They have some great things right now. I got foam puzzles with upper case, lower case and numbers 0-9 to use in my sensory tub. I also found 3 sets of dolch sight word cards written on the lined cards.

I found this calendar at the Dollar Tree. It is a student calendar from August to July. It is inside a thick plastic sleeve that is pre-punched to go in a binder. I plan on using this in my data notebooks to graph behavior. I'll either use as is OR I'll hole punch the calendars and use the sleeve for morning work with dry erase markers. Either way it's a win win situation. I don't know about your school but we are on copy shortage so I'm always looking for thrifty ways to save copies. I figured this was $30 for a class set of calendars to use all year long. That will save me about 240 copies for the year. Not too bad! Thriftiness counts in these times!

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