ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: July 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013

What Supplies Make Back-to-School EASY for You? {Staples Gift Card Giveaway} provided product for review as well as the gift card for this giveaway. The thoughts and opinions expressed in the post that follow are my own. Learn more about Staples entire line of cameras and accessories by checking out their store online.

While our family is more than happy to enjoy the sights and sounds of summer, back to school shopping time will be here before we know it!  Even in July the teachers in the crowd are brainstorming new ways to manage their classroom, determining which objectives should be taught with what activities, and watching the ads to determine which week is best for buying the supplies on their back to school list for the lowest prices. All in the interest of starting the year off with a BANG!

When asked to consider my favorite classroom organization tool a few items popped into my head.  None of them are crucial for instruction, but this short list of back to school supplies sure make me happy as I get my space set up for a new year:
Sharpie Markers

Rainbow of Dry Erase Markers
Mini Post It Notes

However, my #1 back to school must have is a great digital camera!  As I prep for a new school year I use my digital camera to take pictures of ideas I want to try in my classroom, to create locker tags, to compile images to use on desk placards, to label and organize materials, to decorate bulletin boards, to get to know my students, and to share a bit about myself with my class.  

This summer I am getting to know my new Nikon CoolPix and I love it!  It is a great size to pack and carry.  The CoolPix is easy to use and takes nice pictures.  The camera offers quick effects for pictures we have already taken that make them ready for instant sharing.  I'm looking forward to taking first day of school pictures with this plum beauty, but for now I am more than happy to be taking first day of tubing, camping, playing in the sun pictures!

It was a pleasant surprise to find several different Nikon digital cameras available on the Staples online site, in addition to all the other classroom supplies on my list.  Ordering was easy and shipping was speedy.  I also found the prices to be very competitive with online sales and bundles.

So, what is on your back to school shopping list?  

Staples would like to help you get a head start on your shopping.  They are offering one of the readers of ABC & 123: A Learning Cooperative a $150 gift card!  to spend on learning materials or back to school supplies. Please note, this giveaway is available to US residents only.  Enter to win using the Rafflecopter below.

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