Happy 4th of July!! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and isn't spending too much time 'working' on teacher stuff. :) I'm sharing a strategy to restock my special education self contained classroom. I do ask parents to send in some supplies, but typically I get a few items and it rarely lasts to the holidays. Therefore, game plan "restock during the summer" has significantly helped the past 2 years!
|My school supply list|
Here's how I restock:
Over the summer I purchase items that aren't typically tax free (velcro, laminate, ziplock bags, and clorox wipes). I typically shop once a week, so I rotate these items over 12 weeks:
- week 1, 5, 9: Velcro
- week 2, 6, 10: laminate
- week 3, 7, 11: zip lock bags & Tissues
- week 4, 8, 12: Clorox wipes
Then during tax free weekend, I restock any items that I could get tax free, such as: sticky notes, highlighters, staples, tape, pens, pencils, glue sticks, etc. The week before school starts I also restock on any positive reinforcement I can use with the students (sodas, juice, candy, crackers, etc.) I typically find out what students like by observations and having the students and the parents complete my surveys at the beginning of the year.
|Student Reinforcement Survey|
How do you obtain supplies for your classroom?? Do you restock your supplies with help of parents? PTA? School district?
Have a great summer and I hope this will help you for the 16-17 school year.