There are so many items that a teacher should have in his/her classroom. I've decided to make this a monthly feature on my blog. Here is my list for April - enjoy:
Number 1 - This is a must!!! You neeeeeeed lip balm. Over the years I have tried many but this is definitely my go-to product: EOS Visibly soft Lip balm. This is a great all-rounder as it not only smells great but also keeps your lips kissable soft! No chapped lips when it comes to this teacher. I also am a sucker for cute packaging and this ticks that box. Cute round container that you unscrew before whipping onto your lips. A good talking point for my 5/6 year olds too. Main question, "What's that?"
Number 2 - You need a bullet journal (reasons given on my website - "Organised using planners" page. Check this one out. I have my eye on this one:
But also this one!! And if you know me - I find it hard to make a decision!! Both lovely!!
The price might sway me - and you can't go wrong with a moleskin!
Number 3 - another beauty product. I have to put Coconut oil onto this list!!! Firstly, I use this for hand-cream in the classroom. It is a natural skin moisturiser and it absorbs quickly. At home I use it in my hair when it is looking particularly dry. Living in Northern Ireland and promoting outdoor play - can play havoc on your locks. I simply take a chunk of it and paste it onto my hair, eh pants on my head or a shower cap and a towel on my pillow and WOW the next morning (after I wash my hair) it is looking SHINY and healthy!!! Girl we have to look after ourselves when we teach. Make sure that you buy 100 percent organic with this one. I have tried both and there is an amazing difference with the organic one. Here are my two favourites:
I also have bought the cheap version in Home Bargains. I keep that one in my classroom too. Check their one out the next time you are in.
Number 4 - Pens!! And I am going through a mad stage of using pink pens at the moment. Very girly!!! I will have to do a youtube video on my mad pencil-case but in the meantime check out these beauties!!
Number 5: A fly swatter! I use these for games, "Write the Room" activities and pointing to areas of the whiteboard and for swatting wasps! The latter is a main issue in my room - I reckon there is a wasp nest somewhere near-by!! My pupils loving using the one that is a hand!
Number 6 - Place mats! I use the lovely stripey ones from Ikea for my desk. But also use some from Amazon for my children to do individual work on. Play dough/ slime play being good examples as why we need these in our classroom.
Number 7 - Cute file folders and wallets!!! I love Sainsburys for their lovely stock on folders and matching accessories. That isle makes me happy and my 3 children groan!!! I spend far too long in that area of Sainsburys. Here are lovely items directly from Amazon:
Number 8: WASHI-TAPE
Oh how I love wash-tape. I decorate my planners with it, my filing cabinet and anything that moves in my room that doesn't look cute. My latest set is goooooollllllllld:
Number 9: Stones - eh no link to Amazon for this one. I use stones for the self-registration in my class, story stones, to decorate outdoor tyres for small world play, I number stones for the children to put into the right order.
Finally number 10: 3 for this one: Marbles, Golf tees and tweezers.
The reason for these being in my top ten - this is my favourite finger gym to promote in my classroom as I have witnessed kids with poor fine-motor skills developing their little muscles as they play the finger gym games within my room. Check out my blog on finger gyms - down this page:
Well that's this month's top list of the 10 essentials for the Primary School teacher. Comment below on your favourite and suggest another item that teachers must have. I will check it out and feature it in May's Top 10 list. It should be something that you can't live without! Have a lovely day and keep smiling.