Monday, April 20, 2015

Back To School Teacher Wishlist Linky

1.  Smead Poly Envelope--I used these for so many things!  I use them to let students carry take home books back and forth and I also use them to house my read aloud books and categorize them by unit.  They last a lot longer than Ziplocs and after 20 years of teaching I have replaced A LOT of Ziploc bags!

take home books

class crafts

classroom management

These are the best ever!  A teacher in my school uses these when her class does crafts or they use the FORBIDDEN GLITTER.  It works like a masking tape lint roller only it is HUGE!  The kids use it to roll the small pieces of trash and glitter right up!  It works much better than a broom because it doesn't leave anything behind.  She also uses it to clean her carpet when the school's vacuum isn't working.  It is AWESOME!

3.  Headphone Splitters


Amanda Madden had these headphone splitters on her blog and showed how she used them with her iPads during listening centers.  Pretty cool!  Also, if you want to go cheap, you can get individual earbuds by the case at Dollar Tree but they don't last that long,

4.  Marcy Cardio Trampoline Trainer

I would love to have a trampoline in my classroom.  The theory behind it comes from my training as a RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder) parent.  Jumping on one of these babies resets the brain and can calm almost any child if they jump for at least a minute.  The jumping up and down mimics the movements we make when we hold babies and bounce them when we are crying.  It helps stimulate the Lymbic System.  An alternative is to have students do jumping jacks, but those aren't as much fun and eventually it looks like a punishment.  When resetting the brain you don't want it to look like punishment....because then you get retaliation.  You simply want to say, "Go take some time to reset your brain and think about what your choices are."  I haven't seen a kid turn down a trampoline yet!

5.  Tree Hugger/Granola Things

Himalayan Salt

As you can see I have a bunch of stuff here.  So, let me explain...I am trying to get healthier and it is hard.  So...I am just going to keep charging on and try to teach my kids to make better choices than I have in the past.  We are learning together.  So, first, I follow the Food Babe Blog and would LOVE to have her book, The Food Baby Way.  Castile Soap is a soap that doesn't have chemicals or toxins in it so it is great to use to clean everything.  The olive oil is good for cooking and for eczema--we put it right on our skin.   Both the Himalayan Salt and the Celtic Sea Salt have extra minerals that we don't naturally get anymore and best of all they REDUCE BLOOD PRESSURE so you can have as much as you want!  You can also use them in a tub full of water to remove toxins and help with muscle aches. The spiral vegetable peeler is just a bonus for fun...I am hoping that if I twirl and whirl some of their food the kids will enjoy eating it more.  It is all psychological!  

6.  5 Mil Laminating Sheets

I laminate all of my centers with these heavy 5 Mil Laminating Sheets because they are much more sturdy than regular laminating which is usually only 3 Mil.  I don't know what I would do without these!

What are you doing to become healthier or make life easier?

Here is to wishing you a great year with lots of happy, hard-working kids!!


  1. Hey Jenn! Thanks for linking up! Love those GIANT lint rollers! Hope your Monday was great and that we both get rested up tonight!

  2. I can't wait to get those rollers!! I may even use more of the forbidden glitter!


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