These are a few of my favorite things...
I am an avid list-maker, so as I work/paint/read, I always have a notebook next to me. I hate losing a great idea just because I'm without paper! I love notebooks! I go through a lot of them- sometimes just doodling or random thoughts. I have a few go-to items for this. I order the FREE and personalized ones from VistaPrint.com. You can get them with lined or plain paper inside. I always have one in my bag!
Another favorite, but pricey-er is the awesome mole-skin line of notebooks. I feel very fancy and writer-ly (think Hemingway) when I use these. I used to get them at Borders (insert sad music here), but now Target carries them.
I have a thing for office products in general, but I REALLY love me some flair pens. The more colors, the better (although I think yellow should be for highlighters only- mine never gets used).
I use a lot of music in my classroom for cues and to stimulate learning (another post for another time!). During Readers Workshop, my kiddos and I like to listen to "our reading music". What they don't know is that it is actually baby lullaby CD's that I bought when my own children were born. The cool part is that the lullabies are music from a few of my favorite bands. There are over 20 to chose from on Amazon. I will warn you.... I'm a HUGE Nirvana fan, but the Rockabye version creeped me out and I can't listen to it (think demented clown music!). However, Nine Inch Nails is on my list for the fall. Seriously.... (we all have a past, right?). Last year, these were in our rotation:
I also L.O.V.E my camera. I have been nick-named the "Moma-razzi by my son's baseball coach. He laughs all season long, but can't wait to see the awesome shots I can capture with my mac-daddy lens! I also have a smaller camera, just for school. So much learning takes place that isn't represented by paper/ pencil. I like to share it with the kids (recounting their learning) and parents.
I also have a strong relationship with my public library. They let me check out 30 books at a time! This is how I get books for my social studies and science units. It keeps my classroom library fresh and well-stock with nonfiction options. If you haven't tried this avenue as a source, please check it out. Public libraries are always there to help!
Well, I'm off to read (a Kindle book lent from my public library!). Happy Friday the 13th!