Do you love standing in the writing tool aisle at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, Target, Walmart, Dollar Tree, etc? Me too! I love looking at all the possibilities for documentation, grading, journaling, scheduling…the list goes on and on! This is one of my favorite types of posts…one about the simple joy of writing and coloring!
As a teacher, I am looking for tools that last. Ones I do not have to replace during the school year. Ones I can count on! The following are my top picks for the work of teachers:
- Flair Pens–purchase at Amazon for 9.00 (best deal I’ve found)! They come in a variety of colors and the tips stay sharp and pristeen as long as YOU are the one using them. They are perfect for so many project labeling activities, file folders, student projects (as long as you are the labeler). Your students will press too hard on them and turn them to mush! #sadteacher
- ERASABLE Frixion Markers!!! These puppies will last a long time, are retractable, and make charting anchor charts and predictable charts NEAT and TIDY! No more correction tape or white out! I seriously love them!
- My next favorite pen is this set from Frixion! I have bought a set of these each year for the past four years. They work in my grade book, lesson plans, planner (color code to your heart’s content), personal notes, grading papers and much more! And…they really do completely erase! Love them!
- For STUDENT USE: I love the following products! Mr. Sketch is a reliable scented marker. I do not use them for every project, so they last a lot longer. If you are a thrifty shopper and keep your eyes peeled, you may find them on clearance at Michael’s or at the Target Dollar Spot. These from Amazon are almost 6.00. I have had very good luck with Michael’s during the month of July. 😉
- Finally, my most favorite Crayola Product of all time! Ta-dah…Crayola Twistables Colored Pencils. These are by far the best fine line drawing tool for my kinder kids. No need to sharpen colored pencils when you have these! Of course we make an anchor chart for these, explaining how we cannot twist them more than the thickness of a nickel. We talk about how thick the nickel is, and look at the nub of the pencil. Do they match? This helps to keep them from getting broken. In a perfect world they do not get broken, but if you do have a little “twister” in your room, you may want to limit privileges until he/she shows more self control. There you have it! My TOP 5 Writing Tools for Kindergarten. Why didn’t I mention pencils? There are many good ones out there, and it is totally what works for individual teachers.
- If I were to add one MORE…it would be the Crayola Triangular Crayons. These promote correct pencil grip and are how I always begin the year with my students. This post was written purely out of the interest of sharing great tips to help you prep your writing tool game! I am not an Amazon affiliate. 🙂
- What tools do YOU like to use in your classroom? Please comment and share so others can learn!