While I do use my own money for many of the things I do in my classroom, I also count a great deal on parent donations and funds from our P.T.O. Our P.T.O. gives each teacher a nice amount of money to spend in our classrooms, and they are also generous when it comes to providing money for specific programs or special events (like the International Festival) that are done as a grade level activity. We are also lucky to have parents who are very willing to donate when it comes to food, decorations, etc.
One thing that I am really trying to do now (especially in terms of my year-long theme) is to recycle. I keep all of the decorations and signs for each theme I have done in bins in my basement and plan to start recycling the themes next year by going back to the "Team" theme.
Thanks for your questions!
Sign up today for free teaching ideas, lesson plans, online activities, tips for your classroom, and much more.
Choose your grade range:
See a sample >