You don’t want to walk into your classroom on the first day of pre-school week unprepared. These are the common sense items that you need to bring with you on that first day.
1. Measuring tape
You can’t evenly space things using a ruler or protractor. You might want to think about a level as well.
2. Desk lamp
Try to use as little fluorescent light as possible. It’s bad for you. Open windows and a desk lamp should be enough to get your work done.
3. More waste baskets
As you’re clearing things out, you’ll want to walk around as little as possible. You’ll also need as many as you can get during the year to keep students’ trash at bay.
Remember waiting in line in the office for bulletin board paper? You have much more important things to do with your time. Get your own rolls. You can even be creative about designs and patterns!
Schools shut off their AC systems during the summer, which allows dust to accumulate. You’ll want to dust everything in the room, including the computers.
6. Your dust vacuum from home
You don’t need to bring the floor vacuum, but a little dustbuster-like tool will be needed for the same reason as above.
A fun, yet time consuming, part of classroom setup… decorations! Adding a personal touch to your room can help you, and your students, feel a little more at home.
8. Step stool
Having to drag a desk around when you want to hang something up high can get old. You won’t need it every day, but you’ll be glad to have it.
If you have to supply your own copy paper, you don’t want to wait for your delivery to arrive from the district. Come in with your own case and have them reimburse you.
10. Phone/device charger
Perhaps you don’t get to check out your tablet or laptop until later in the week. Meanwhile, your phone might go dead from all of the first-week emails. Bring a spare charger.
What are your must-have supplies for classroom prep?