The Best Teaching Resources that Teachers Use at Home that You Will LOVE to Have Around the House!
Teaching resources aren’t just for the classroom
As a teacher, I found ways to make my day run more smoothly in the classroom and to support the children getting the most out of their day. What I found was when I left the classroom, I loved having these tools around the house to keep things organized and easy at home as well. Then, when becoming a mother, I found how meaningful these resources actually were in playful learning with my daughter.
Read on to see what resources I recommend having around the house to make learning and play more meaningful at home with your children.
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Okay… so I love to laminate everything. Seriously. Everything from the pages to my daughter’s Love of Learning and Quiet Time Binder to the printables I make for us to play with each day (download free printables here). It makes everything last longer, turns normal pages into whiteboard worksheets and everything wipes clean from spills that happen when you have little ones at home.
The best part is that we can take our play outside without fear of weather having an impact on our activity. Awesome, right?!
Laminators aren’t just for the classroom.
I laminate planners for my family (here is a free planner to download), calendars in my office, checklist pages, and the list goes on. It lets me use a whiteboard marker and make changes as I like and reuse the same planner pages time after time.
I love this laminator from Amazon and the laminator sheets that they also carry. Important to keep in mind is that the laminator can only take so much before it overheats and needs a little break. I find this to be the perfect time to start cutting out the previous pages. There is usually an indicator light that lets you know the machine is ready to work again, which never takes very long.
The other thing to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t laminate more than two pages of normal printing paper (or one of cardstock or high quality paper) in one lamination sleeve. If you are cutting out the paper from the lamination, it won’t hold up to play if the pages within are too thick.
What you could use instead of a laminator with awesome results
If you aren’t looking to invest in a laminator right now, you can also use page protectors as a really great alternative. They offer a great option for putting printed activities inside to be used time and time again with a dry erase marker.
The only thing to keep in mind is that they will not hold up as well with multiple uses, they have an opening at the top where the paper is inserted, that also offers the possibility for moisture to enter the printed paper. And, you can’t use it to protect the smaller parts of printed play (like in the freebies I offer here).
What you CAN do, is keep the printed activities you’ve created from becoming worn, as well as keep pages organized and tidy. Awesome!
I use these frequently to store pictures my daughter has created that are too big to be laminated, or paperwork to be kept in a binder such as bills to be paid, or paperwork to be signed. It’s a really great way to inexpensively organize all your paperwork in one binder.
My Favorite Item That Teachers Use that I Use at Home
They are called Book Rings and are an organizers secret weapon. I use these rings to organize recipe cards, sight words, business cards, planners and calendars, and so much more.
They come in all sorts of colors which would really up the organizing game, but I stick with the original for simplicity.
1. Using these rings for organizing my daughter’s drawings, I included a little hook near her work table where she could hang her pictures with the hooks and change the picture showing as she likes.
2. I hook together lots of paper about the size of a recipe card, to keep in my purse for emergency drawings or notes that need to be taken. My daughter loves this when it comes to a long wait at the doctor’s office, paired with a small bag of crayons. Instant art activity!
3. We have sight words laminated and bound with these rings (more on the printables you can get just like this in the Love of Learning Binder). This works great as we can pop the ring of cards into my purse, take off the few we are working on with ease, and quickly put them all back together for storage and organization.
4. I keep a few blank “books” on rings for my daughter to create stories through drawings, which I will then go through with her and write out the story on each page as she tells it. Super cute activity to share with family and friends.
5. We have a few favorite books at our house that have seen better days. I laminated the pages, and punched a hole through each, looping them through the binder ring. Perfection. Book saved.
What are your favorite learning resources & tools to use at home?
What amazing resources do you use to enrich education at home, to make school, preschool, homeschool or general learning more fun at home? What resources do you love to keep yourself organized? I’m always looking for new ideas and would love to hear yours. Comment below or reach out to me directly here.
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