Happy Wednesday! Danielle here. This is a list of my top five Material Must-Haves in any early childhood classroom. These materials make my life so much easier and ultimately save my class and school money.
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Reusable Dry Erase Pockets
These are the best! Forget having to laminate EVERYTHING your students use, just slip a sheet of paper in one of these and they’re ready to go. Organize them by student or by topic, just slide the new sheets in front of the old (or use double-sided). Sturdier than a sheet protector, more portable and versatile than a dry-erase board.
In addition to student use, I like to pin them up (with the grommet at the top) to use for erasable class signs like "There are __ days until Thanksgiving!" I also use them in place of a folder sometimes, to store sheets or activity-prep materials together, easily see what's inside, and label it without using up a post-it every time I change the contents. Also sold (sometimes more cheaply) as shop tickets.
This plug-in rice cooker allows me to make a plethora of things easily during the school day. Set it and forget it! I have used it to make rice, pasta, faro, quinoa, various soups, matzah balls, frittata, hard-boiled eggs, a wide variety of steamed vegetables, and even turned fresh fruit into homemade jam! It’s versatile, inexpensive, easy to use and easy to clean but fairly safe from small hands - my favorite thing and a classroom MUST-HAVE!