91% of teachers spend their own money on making our children’s classrooms wonderful. According to this recent report teachers spend on average $500 out of their own pockets on classroom supplies. From being a room mom to my daughter’s wonderful classroom, I know her teacher spends more like $3000. In an effort to show we are grateful for the work our teachers do in educating our children, let’s consider donating some of these supplies. I asked my daughter’s teacher what would be valuable additions to her (2nd grade) classroom. Here are some things on her wishlist. Perhaps your teacher would appreciate some of these items.
Regardless of how you feel about Common Core, our public school teachers have to teach it, so let’s help them out with some useful classroom activities. Our teacher likes these two products and was grateful to have them as tools in her classroom:Regrouping Activity Chart, $39.99 at Lakeshore Learning | Tower of Math Game, $24.99 at Lakeshore Learning
Donating a fun game to the classroom can add richness to your child’s day that might otherwise be filled with worksheets or other less-interactive activities. Games are usually outside of the average classroom budget, and giving this gift allows you to sort of pick something you are passionate about your child learning to love (for me, that’s Geography). Here are a few games our teacher requested.Are you Ready for 3rd Grade? Game Show (This also comes in other grade levels), $29.99 at Lakeshore Learning | Geography Skills Match-Ups Complete Set, $39.99 at Lakeshore Learning | Magna-Tiles® Starter Set, $51.99 at Lakeshore Learning
Some basic supplies that teachers run through quickly are not covered by our school district, or they are covered, but not in sufficient quantities. So the next time you are at a big box store or doing your regular shopping, load up on these items and bring a big ‘ol delivery to your teacher. He or she will appreciate it. It’s ridiculous to me that my child’s educator should have to spend her own paycheck on tissues to wipe my little girl’s nose. Ridiculous!Hand sanitizer | Tissues | Baby wipes | Disinfecting wipes
And the thing that your teacher could really use? Your time.If you have even the smallest amount of time to give, it makes the biggest difference in your child’s education. When I was able, I gave one day a week in the classroom assisting during learning rotations. Now that my schedule precludes that, I donate my time as a room parent facilitating communication between the administration and parents, and planning events as needed. My husband works long hours at his day job, but twice a year he spends Saturday at school cleaning the facilities. Teachers need help with things as simple as stapling assignments or cutting out little turkey hands. Any amount of time you can give will be appreciated. Our time is the greatest gift we give our children, and the greatest gift we can give our teachers and schools.
Thank you to my daughter’s amazing teacher, and to all the Prudent readers who teach our children all year long!