Must Have Monday

It’s back to school week for many of us! I go back for teacher in-service and clerical days today, and my first day with kiddos is on Wednesday.  I am very excited to meet my little sweeties!

I am linking up with Blog Hoppin again this week for Teacher Week! 

Today is what we can’t live without in the classroom…

1.  Diet Coke.  I really need to stop this habit, but everyone else drinks coffee…why can’t I drink Diet Coke.  However, I will admit, I thought my habit was bad until I roomed for a week with Deedee Wills….that girl has got it BAD.

2. My Scotch Laminator.  My first one went caput last year after having it for 4 years, so I bought another one for school, and another one for home.  Love this baby.  I buy my laminating film at Sam’s Club.

3.  Pocket Cube Dice.  I use these ALL the time. Love them.  I found a great new resource for you too!  You can get 4 cubes for $14.95.  Just click on the picture to go to Resources for Learning!

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4.  Do-A-Dot dobbers.  I love these, the kids love these, everybody loves these!!

5.  Katie and Company.  I seriously have about 30 of her flannel sets.  If you haven’t seen her goodies….you better go check them out! They are fantastic for Kindergarten and pre-K!

6. Music!! We LOVE to sing and dance..some of my faves are Shari Sloane and Jack Hartmann!



7. Heidi Songs!  We love to sing and dance with Heidi!  I love all of her DVDs/CDs.  They are fantastic for brain breaks and of course learning letters and sounds.

8.  This next one is a new one for me, and I HOPE that it’s going to change my life…. :)  My Erin Condren Life Planner.  It’s so pretty, why wouldn’t I want to carry it around with me and be organized? 


These are only a few on my teaching must-haves…head on over to Blog Hoppin’ to check out some other must-haves!

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What is on your “must-have” list?


  1. Kathleen,
    You have such a beautiful family. I hope your year in kindergarten is wonderful. I loved meeting you this summer.

    1. Awww, Fran...thank you!! Best of luck on your new adventure this year!!

  2. I will have to check out Katie and Company! I have lots of felt story sets from Glitterful Felt Stories. I love using felt stories with my kiddos!

  3. I love Heidi Songs, too! The kids looks so cute when they are singing and dancing!

  4. Are laminators and film expensive if you don't mind me asking?

    1. The Scotch laminator is about $30 and the film from Sam's is about the same for 200 pockets (I think!! I can't really remember!!)

  5. I have to agree..the Heidi songs are a MUST in a K classroom. Absolutely love them! I'm your newest follower :) Follow me on


  6. I may have to get me a laminator...everyone is talking about them. We are lucky and have free laminating at school, but I still spend a ton at Office Max because their laminating is so much thicker. Are the pockets thick?

    I have been thinking about getting some Heidi songs too. I use a lot of Jack Hartman from YouTube.

    Terri Izatt

    1. We also have laminating at school, but it is thinner -- if I use regular printer paper, it curls up! I like these pouches because they are the heavier laminate. I go through a lot, and it can be time consuming to laminate everything, but it's worth it!!

  7. Kathleen- I love reading your blog! I have been using the Royal Sovereign laminating pouches from Sam's Club too but with another laminator. Do they work really good in the Scotch laminator? I am thinking of buying one because the Scotch laminator is a lot smaller than the one I have. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  8. I wrote on TpT and thought that I would write here too

    I am so in love with your backpack boogie unit

    This is seriously the best pack that I have ever bought and I have bought a lot! I love all the many engaging and fun activities for my kinder hearts

    Thanks again
    Pocket Full of Kinders

    Shuna P

    1. You totally made my day :) I am so happy you love it :) <3

  9. I am sure you are super busy with back to school but I am a huge fan of your little corner of blogland and had to stop by for some advice. I have been asked to present at a conference in Southern Utah in October on Blogging Basics and Teacher Created Products... wondered if you had any advice. If you have a moment please stop by.

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