Special Ed Teacher Shopping List

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I had the opportunity to present to some first year Special Education teachers on the basics of teaching reading in a resource room earlier this week. It was great to get to share some of what I've learned with people who will be able to use it! One question I've been getting is where I purchased my classroom supplies. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but in looking around my classroom, here's what I've found to be most crucial and where I've gotten it:

Velcro Dots Once you use these, you won't believe you ever spent hours cutting apart the sticky velcro strips.
Fadeless Butcher Paper 
Tabletop Pocket Chart Love these for small group time!
Snap-Together File Boxes
Small Book Bins
Bingo Daubers
Card Stock
Mr. Sketch Markers My favorite for anchor charts!
Home Laminator Just bite the bullet and get one. The school one will inevitably break and you will be sad.
Mini Easel Poster Display Perfect for posters printed on standard copy paper!
Classroom Rug See more of my favorite classroom rugs under $75 here.

You can also see some of my teacher & classroom faves from Amazon all in one place here.

Supply Storage Containers
Target has some great teacher supplies that pop up in the Dollar Spot and Back to School section in late July. Here are some of my must-haves that you can find year-round:

Index Card File Box I use these for storing students' complete sight words.
Prizes Check the party section and the dollar spot for inexpensive prizes.
Dry Erase Markers I like the ones that come with erasers on the back- perfect for keeping students from squabbling over erasers.
Stickers They always have some in the party section, but check the Dollar Spot for seasonal ones!
Decorative Garlands

School Specialty
Wedge Seat Great for students that need to a wiggle a little bit.
Yuk-E-Balls My students' favorite thing in my classroom!

Kaplan Co.

Gel Boards I use these as a word work option during centers.

If you're looking for ideas on getting your special ed classroom set up, check out my resource room tour here

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