If you are teacher, you must visit your local Dollar Tree before school starts! Read on to find out why…
A couple of years ago, when I got my first classroom, a friend sent me a package full of stuff that she thought I would find useful. The package was loaded with classroom stickers, certificates, tickets, and an alphabet border for the wall. I absolutely loved everything and immediately put it to good use.
One thing I noted was that the packaging on everything said “Teaching Tree” which I had never heard of. I asked her about it, and it turns out she got it all at the Dollar Tree. The next day, I made it out to my local Dollar Tree and was amazed to find a complete aisle full of “teacher stuff” as I like to call it. Everything from borders (that can cost about $6 at Lakeshore) to certificates and even basic classroom supplies like pens, crayons, glue, and markers.
Ever since then, the Dollar Tree is one of my frequent stops when I’m shopping for classroom goodies. I still love Lakeshore, but there are a lot of things that I can get here for only $1 and the quality is the same! Plus, they are constantly updating their stock and introduce new themes almost on a weekly basis.
I have always made good use of the supplies I get at Dollar Tree, and because the prices were so great, I was able to change the walls of my classroom quite often last year. This ensured that my classroom always looked awesome and the kids enjoyed seeing what I would do next. Sometimes I buy something without a clear plan in mind, but once I’m back in my classroom, I’m inspired. Those paper cut-outs are perfect for creating a word wall for example! It is amazing the stuff you can come up with in the classroom.
If you are a teacher that lacks creativity (I’ve seen a couple of those), the Dollar Tree has your back! They have these little idea sheets that tell you exactly what you need to buy and how to put it together.
So now that I am at a new school and therefore setting up my brand new classroom, I went over to the Dollar Tree yesterday to see what I could find. Jackpot! I didn’t pick of any borders because I have a ton (sealed, unused) from last year, and I also ended up buying some at Lakeshore (I couldn’t resist), but I did get some actual supplies. Like a couple of these erasers which will probably be put to very good use…
I just couldn’t resist those erasers! Paper is a must have for ANY classroom. Trust! Construction paper can be used in so many ways and can improve any project.
Now, it is the Dollar Tree, so you might have to dig around to find the good stuff and it might be a mess, so don’t go there in a rush because it can take a while to look through everything. I ended up getting one of those job charts. I thought it would be a good idea to have…
One of the best things I found:
A pack of 10 pen/highlighters which will be great to use in class! I’ll probably hand these out and collect that by the end of class, so I made sure to buy enough for a class set. A whole $4 worth! Score!
I guess Dollar Tree is not just for teachers because parents can go there to buy school supplies for their kids. You’d be amazed at the amount of students that come to class without a pen, pencil, or paper…I’m one of those teachers that always has extras, but maybe a pencil box would help kids keep everything together in their backpack. Amiright?
When I have the students complete writing assignments, using nice paper makes all the difference. The DT offers packs of nice paper that you can put in the printer, or sometimes I even let the kids write right on it. Some packs have up to 50 sheets of paper. For about $3 I have enough paper for all 5 of my periods! Score! Again, this requires some digging around…
And! I have since found out that if you don’t feel like digging around at Dollar Tree, you can order online and pick up at your nearest store for free. The only catch is that you have to order by the case, and those numbers are large. Personally, I rather go treasure hunting and get my hands dirty!
Check out what they might or might not have in stock by visiting their website!