Thursday, July 25, 2013

Back to School Shopping Finds

Back to school shopping for new school supplies is not only a ritual for students but also for teachers.

 New school supply shopping is truly a summer ritual for most teachers.

I ran into Walmart® to pick up a couple of items one morning. As I passed the aisles, I noticed that the school supplies were just being placed on the shelves. Such luck!

I was completely excited!

I immediately went to hunt down a cart. Part of my excitement was the assortment of colors and new items that I saw. Another teacher was already in the aisle {of course} filling her cart. We helped each other find what was new and the "sale" items. Such fun!

Several people walked by and asked if I was a teacher. {It was a bit obvious, as I loaded up the cart.} Another shopper came and started filling up her cart. I asked her if she was a teacher. She said she was purchasing the items as gifts for her children's teachers. How sweet! Lucky teachers.

And then, the counting began. I will most likely have at least 30 students in my class, so I bought at least 35 of whatever I bought. I loved that they had lots of colors of everything from which to choose. {Checking out was a chore. The cashier had to recount everything.}

This is what I purchased:

Composition books. Love the chevron and polka dot cover designs.

Pinks and reds, too. 

I'll use the books mid-year for writing journals. The firsties get so excited to choose a book for their writing. The books are a real motivator. I find that the children want to write more when they get to use the "special" composition books.

Small composition books. Hard-covered.

Bright, shiny covers.

I'll place these at our writing center. These will be class composition books. Ready for stories, poems, lists, jokes, riddles, rhymes, and drawings. 

Notebooks. A bargain. 17¢ each.

I think I'll use these for poetry notebooks.

Two kinds of pocket folders.

The yellow pocket folders will house homework. I'll use the orange folders for guided writing folders. 

Color puzzles. 

Blue color puzzle. 24 pieces. 8 1/2 x 11.

I use floor puzzles and table top puzzles at the beginning of the school year. They are great for spatial relationships and hand-eye coordination. I found these in the dollar bins. Each puzzle has objects of a specific color. I thought I'd use them with color activities. They are the perfect size to put at a thematic center. They are small enough to be put together at a student desk, too. Great partner activity.

Now, I need to "cutesify" everything. Stay tuned for pictures of folder covers and labels and some freebies, too.

I'm linking up with Jayne at Smart Kids for Super School Shopping Saturday. Click on the picture below to see more back to school shopping finds.

Happy school supply shopping. I'd love to hear about some of your favorite finds.


  1. Where did you find the cute chevron composition notebooks?

    1. Hi Megan,

      Aren't they cute? I found them at Walmart. They have them in other colors and designs, too.


  2. Fun, fun, fun! I think I was destined to become a teacher so I could buy school supplies my whole life! :-)


    Teaching Little Miracles

  3. I love school supplies! I bought a cute bouquet of pencils to give to my first grade teamies in September from Anthropologie. An impulse buy for sure but so cute. Love the chevron comp books. How much were they?

  4. I totally agree! Buying school supplies is one of my favorite things to do!!! Today I found 24 ct. crayola crayons for $0.25 each!!! I couldn't believe it!!!!


  5. We would love for you to link up with our Super School Shopping Saturday link! Jayne
    Smart Kids

  6. These are adorable! I think I'll be making a trek to Wally! The closest one is over an hour away! It"ll be worth it.
    A Burst of First

  7. Hi There again!
    I am putting together a giveaway and would love for you to be a part of it. If you could email me so I have your address that'd be awesome. Thank!
    A Burst of First

  8. I love all your goodies!!! My Walmart did not have those adorable patterns! I ended up just buying the same old marbled ones. Love your haul!! Thanks for linking up! :)

    ♡ Lori

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