At the beginning of the school year, teachers need to gather the supplies they’ll need for a successful year. For kindergarten teachers, there are plenty of supplies that overlap with the ones gathered by teachers in other grades. However, here are 7 must haves for teaching kindergarten.
Most kindergarten teachers utilize circle time for reading, calendar practice, and more. Although you could have students sit on the floor, a classroom rug is the perfect way to show students where they should sit. Of course, you still have issues with students in each other’s personal space. Look for rugs with separate boxes or lines that can help you divide up where the students sit so they can get the space they need to focus on your lesson.
During circle time, an easel is a great tool to teach students new concepts or practice ones that students are currently working on. When choosing an easel, look for ones with plenty of storage and hanging pockets.
As you gather supplies and curriculum, you need a way to keep yourself organized. Storage containers are the perfect way to do this. Don’t forget to label the containers, making it easier for you to find things when you need them.
I’ve worked in a number of schools that limit how many copies you can make. One of the best ways to get around this is by using sheet protectors. Rather than printing enough worksheets for every student in the classroom, print 5 or 6 copies of each one. Then, you can have groups of students work on different worksheets and cycle through the set.
Along with storage containers, gallon-size bags are a must. Use the bags to hold flashcards, ABC charts, and anything else. You can also use them to send things home to parents. That way, you can increase the likelihood that parents will receive the work you send home to them. And it will keep things, like books, in great condition in your students’ backpacks.
Let’s face it. Elementary schools are full of germs. To limit the number of sick days that you and your students take, it’s important to keep the room clean. Have plenty of cleaning supplies on hand to de-germify the desks, supplies, and books. I love disinfecting wipes because they’re convenient to use and help clean services quickly.
Do you want a quick and fun way to decorate your classroom bulletin boards? Start collecting fabric. You can get scraps from people you know or purchase fabric when it’s on sale. Then, you can quickly cover any wall space and make it look colorful and bright in your classroom.
As a kindergarten teacher, you only have a few hours each day to work with your students. Having what you need on hand ensures that you can focus on your students during that time. Start gathering your must haves for teaching kindergarten now.
What other supplies are must haves for teaching kindergarten for you? Add them in the comments below!