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Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Made It: Teacher Essentials Kit

Back to school fever seems to have gripped the nation!  I know some schools go back next week but I have 3 more blissful weeks left!  However, I am already headed into back to school mode and spent this morning shopping and creating.  I have many more made its to accomplish before back to school but today I want to share with you one I managed to get done today.  When you are done head over to 4th Grade Frolics for a lot of back to school inspiration.  
I was cruising around the dollar store this morning getting my back to school organizational essentials.  I was thinking about all the things I needed to get done at home and in my classroom before I have even less time.  One thing I had been thinking about was creating an emergency box of essentials to keep in my classroom.  I have had various supplies stuffed into my filing cabinet for years but I really wanted to do this in a more organized fashion.  Because I have already dropped a lot of my own cash on classroom essentials, I wanted to keep this low budget.  I picked all of this stuff up at the Dollar Tree and the grand total was $10 and about 10 minutes of time.

Here is the list of essentials I included:
- Plastic box to hold it all
- Mini sewing kit
- Tylenol
- Tums
- Cough drops
- Travel toothbrush & toothpaste
- Mini hairbrush & hair ties
- Sugar free gum
- 2 kinds of hair clips
- Mini deodorant 

This covers the essentials for me!  I will be set when I leave the house without brushing my hair or when I finish my coffee on the way to work and really need to brush my teeth.  It will also be great to have a sewing kit because I have been known to rip off buttons or seams while at work.  I also but in the essentials for when I am not feeling well.  I am feeling much more prepared for back to school!  This would also make an excellent gift for a teacher friend.  I made one for a friend who is starting her first teaching job.  It includes the same things I put in mine, and I just tied a little bow around it for presentation.  

What are you working on this week?  


  1. what a great idea… thanks for sharing… hair clips and deodorant… you never know right!!!!

  2. What a useful idea! I could have used one of these for my first year! You never know what you'll need.
    The Chalkboard Garden

  3. Fabulous idea! My buddy that teaches next door to me and I have one of these baskets. We need to update it because some stuff in there is old and probably expired. We have to put our names on our!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  4. I love your ideas! There are so many times that if you had a normal office job you could run to the store or home for X but we are stuck at school. I always keep a change of clothes/ a shirt at school for emergencies and a jacket/sweater in case it suddenly gets cool.

    My Bright Blue House

  5. Good idea! Mine also has hairspray (it rains a lot here) and lots of tea bags:)

  6. I keep a "loose" dress in my cabinet as well in case of accidents (had a student throw up on me once) and an extra sweater. I also keep an extra few lunches (cans of soup), tweezers, reading glasses, a battery charger for my phone, a flashlight and a tide pen. I also keep an extra pair of tennis shoes in case there is an emergency like an earthquake.

  7. Great essential kit! You forgot one thing I found I needed over the years ... a chocolate bar for that energy boost or reward after a super (and/or difficult) day!