How Much Money Should I Spend On My Classroom?

$200???!! For posters and borders for bulletin boards? Yep – teachers often have sticker shock at teacher stores – or the dollar store! It’s amazing how much of your own money you can spend! So it’s good to go with a plan and a budget. Here are some tips:

  1. Your classroom doesn’t have to win awards for the first day of school – just presentable. Buy the bare minimum and then see what you really need – the school may have more of what you need than you thought.
  2. Parents will often offer to buy needed supplies if they know what you need Рkleenex or markers etc. Рcasually mention it to a few you think may be open.
  3. It’s best to buy supplies you can use year after year – books, manipulative etc. Things that will stay with the classroom often you less value for your money.
  4. If you are covering a class for a teacher on sick leave or maternity leave, try to spend as little as possible. You may be teaching a totally different grade or subject the following year and the things you buy may not be useful.
  5. Over the years, you will collect a lot of supplies – plan to have a place to store the ones you aren’t using that year (grade 1 Disney readers when you are teaching grade 6 Health).



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