Each year our PTA gives (reimburses) the teachers $100 for classroom supplies. I always tell myself that I am going to stick to this $100 budget and then find myself spending almost twice as much. This year, though, I'm taking on the challenge of actually sticking to my $100 budget so that I don't shell out any of my own money.
Back when I started teaching I was dropping about $100 a month on books, supplies, and resources for my classroom. I can't imagine spending that much on school stuff now, but I guess at that point in my life that was where my money needed to go.
I thought I'd share my school purchases as I go and share my running tally of where my $100 budget has gone. I have a few specific essentials to pick up, but I have the majority of my budget to spend on whatever I find over the next couple months.
My first purchase was 3 of the "Who Was..." biographies. I never go to Wal-Mart, but went there with a friend and happened upon a Scholastic book display. I have quite a few of these bios already and really like them (my kids last year called them the "big head books"), so I was excited to find ones on Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney, and Neil Armstrong. These are perfect for my reading units and fit my need for more non-fiction teacher real alouds. These were $4.24 each, so I little discounted from the $4.99 cover price.
Current Total: $13
Remaining Budget: $87
I'll keep you updated on my budget and purchases as the summer goes on!
What would you buy with $100 for your classroom?!?