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33 Amazon Must Haves for Kindergarten Teachers
Welcome Kindergarten Teacher
Did you just land your dream job teaching kindergarten? Or, perhaps you have been transferred to teach kindergarten after many years of teaching another grade level. Either way, congratulations!
Oh, the joys of teaching kindergarten. Kindergarten teachers have the most rewarding job. Most kids will hold on to every word you say, and look up to you as the most amazing super-hero.
To be that super-hero kindergarten teacher, you will need some teacher essentials before the kiddos enter through the door. “What essentials?”, you ask. To help you get started, I’ve created a list of 33 Amazon must-haves for kindergarten teachers.
Kindergarten Teachers Must-Haves
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We are starting off with an essential that is just for you! A teacher bag, or teacher tote, is a must-have when teaching any grade level. However, when teaching kindergarten, you will need a large bag to carry home lots of items to prep. I’ve had tote’s in the past, but prefer a backpack. Either one is great to carry your lesson plans, materials, lunch bag, and laptop, in.
These will quickly become a staple in your kindergarten classroom. I stock up on these at the start of every school year!
You will want sharpies for labeling folders, binders, writing on zip-loc baggies, and so much more! I love the assorted pack with bright, vibrant, colors!
This is a game changer; turn any space into a dry-erase surface. You can use dry-erase tape as name tags on tables or desks, write daily learning goals, cubbies, labeling hallway displays, to write the sight word or letter of the day, etc.
I absolutely love Eric Carle books, and believe they should be a staple in every kindergarten classroom! I read Brown Bear, Brown Bear at the beginning of each school year, and use printable resources as a follow-up. Then, throughout the year, I continue to introduce Eric Carle books. At the end of the year, the kids loved doing an author study.
These pockets are great for centers, small group practice, morning work, and so much more! Simply slide a worksheet into the pocket, and use your favorite dry erase marker. I love the dry erase pockets below, because they come with color coded dry-erase markers! Plus, the markers have erasers on them, which means you won’t have to search around for erasers in the middle of a lesson!
Give students a choice to maximize learning. Wobble stools, cushions, scoop chairs, and ball chairs are just a few!
I’m obsessed with anchor charts! You can stick these post-it charts right to the wall, and not worry about finding a way to hang them. I also use lined chart paper for morning message, shared writing, weekend news, how-to-draw lessons, and so much more! Love, love, love these!
You will use these counting bears for counting, colors, sorting, graphing, matching, addition and subtraction. There are endless ways to use these manipulatives in the kindergarten classroom.
If you have chart paper, you will need chart paper markers. These won’t bleed through the paper!
I got my Brother Label Maker at Staples years ago, and love it! Label classroom supplies, cubbies, hooks, cabinets, etc.
Crayons are an obvious must have. As a teacher, and a mom of 2 creative kiddos, I found the more variety of coloring tools the better the imagination. However, you will find that kindergartners can be very choosy about un-sharpened crayons. Keep them sharp with this amazing electronic crayon sharpener.
Oh. My. Goodness! These are ah-may-zing!!! Use these colorful storage containers for centers, task cards, build a poem word cards, and so much more!
I finally invested in my own laminator, and absolutely love it! I no longer have to wait in line at the laminating machine just to find out it is jammed or out of lamination. Plus, the lamination is better quality than the typical school film.
You may have read about these on my Basics of a Kindergarten Classroom post. It is a hit year after year!
I can’t think of a kindergarten teacher that doesn’t have an abundance of playdoh in their classroom. The more the merrier.
You can use playdoh for fine-motor, letter building, word building, sight words, sensory stations, etc.
If you’re school doesn’t provide colored paper, I strongly suggest investing in some. You’ll want to run off important forms and parent letters on this to catch the parents attention.
What teacher doesn’t have a planner? I like to have a desktop calendar, but also a planner that I can carry back and forth.
21. Foam Dice:
You’ll definitely want dice for math games and centers. Regular dice, however, are too noisy and easily distract others. But foam dice are silent, and nobody can get hurt if they “accidentally” get tossed too hard.
22. Magnetic letters:
I should have put this first! No explanation needed. Every kindergarten classroom needs a set of magnetic letters.
You will be teaching base ten and introducing a fives frame and a tens frame. These magnetic counters are perfect for those lessons. You can also use them for counting the days of schools and daily number talks.
24. Clip boards:
Clip boards are great for independent centers, such as write the room, and when doing work at the carpet area.
I have had my alphabet pocket chart for over a decade, and it is still like new! This can be it’s own center, or kept in the guided reading area. I love it because it comes with so many picture and letter cards.
I use crazy straws as a birthday gift! Simply tape the happy birthday printable tags to the top of crazy straws, pencils, or a treat to give to the kids on their birthdays.
You’ll want an abundance of clothespins. You can use them for clip-card centers, or to hang student work. They are perfect for also helping the kids build their fine motor skills.
Oh, my love for binders! I used binders for the student’s Poetry Notebooks. We would learn a poem a week, and take home the binder over the weekend to read it to a family member.
Kindergartners love stickers! Use them for student work, on tens frames, counting the days of school, or on sticker charts.
Table organizers would sit in the center of each of my student’s table. They would house crayons, glue sticks, and scissors.
Using chapstick as a smelly sticker, or smelly spot, has been my best classroom management strategy for kindergarten.
There are several ways in which I use smelly spots in the classroom. For example, when transitioning the kids to/from the carpet, I acknowledge those who go quietly and quickly, and quickly give them a swipe of smelly chapstick on the back of their hand as a reward!
I also use them in small groups when students follow directions. The short video below demonstrates how I use chapstick for positive behavior in small groups.
As you can see, there are many must-have items for kindergarten teachers. And, to be quite honest, the list could go on and on (cue the music). Teaching kindergarten is like no other grade! I’m guessing you may not run out and purchase all of these items with a kindergarten teachers salary. However, I suggest adding them to your amazon wish list. Congratulations on becoming a kindergarten teacher! Grab these must-have gifts for teachers, start building your classroom community, and have an awesome year!
PS. If you love teacher subscription boxes, be sure to check out my post about the Kindergarten Crate subscription box! You will LOVE getting monthly treats, supplies, books, shirts, and activities send right to your doorstep.
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