Students in Ms Boychuk’s class are asked to bring the following supplies . . .
- 36 HB wooden pencils (NOT vinyl covered – they dull pencil sharpener blades), pre-sharpened if possible
- 4 white vinyl erasers
- 1 package of pencil crayons
- 1 package of markers
- 1 sketch pad (9” x 12” or smaller)
- Duotangs with 3 metal fasteners (one of each of the following colours: red, yellow, green, orange, black, light blue) – the yellow one will go home and back daily – make it a sturdy vinyl one with pockets
- 1 box of tissue
- 1 stress ball/squeeze tool
- 1 pair of indoor runners (left at school and worn indoors only every day; students leave indoor shoes on their chair every time they go outside and need to have a pair of outdoor shoes that are worn outside and are left neatly on our shelf in the boot room when they enter the school. Please label all student footwear with names.)
- 1 backpack (please label with name)
- 1 small water bottle kept at student’s table or on a shelf at the side of the room
Supplies to label
It is helpful for students to clearly label their pencil box, indoor runners, sketch pad, outdoor shoes and back pack.
Our classroom uses table desks so most other student supplies are stored in community and are collected and handed out as needed. Subjects are colour coded to help with organization at school and at home.
Lockers and student baskets
- Most students have an individual locker in our classroom to store their backpack, lunch and jacket in during the day (a few students have lockers in the hallway due to more students than classroom lockers).
- Students in our class do not use locks on their lockers.
- In the classroom, students have a basket to store their sketch pad, pencil crayons, markers and reading books.
- Students practice entering and exit routines 8 times a day! They very quickly become masters of packing, unpacking and sorting supplies into proper areas. Organization is an important student skill that transfers into many aspects of life and is taught and learned through classroom routines.
- It is important that lunches and snacks are properly stored and uneaten portions are properly disposed or taken home each night so we do not attract fruit flies, mice and other such creatures into the school and the classroom.
Benefits of community supplies:
- Students and teachers have fewer distractions because only the materials needed are at the students’ work station.
- 30 additional minutes are available for instruction per week because we do not spend time cleaning desks.
- We rarely spend time looking for “lost” items.
- Class sets of work are always available in a central place for the teacher to mark.
- Student focus improves; time on task increases.
- Students develop a stronger ability to share, cooperate and responsibly care for collective supplies.
- Because of the central storage system, students use less supplies. Over the years, I have collected abandoned rulers, scissors, pencil crayons, and other items. I have class sets of these items which is why the supply list for my class is much shorter than other classes. 🙂
- The system of colour coding supplies (example: yellow notebooks for spelling tests) helps everyone recognize that they have the proper supply for the proper task.