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November 21, 2014

A Teacher's Helper: Scholastic Book Clubs Bonus Points

By Rhonda Stewart
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

    Late August not only signals the return of back-to-school, but also shopping time for my classroom. Like many of you, I have used that time to seek out special something(s) to bring my classroom to life. My husband has shaken his head in amazement, not fully understanding my compulsion to spend my own money for the classroom. I have rationalized that I needed these materials to help me teach better. Who was I fooling? I just wanted the classroom to look nice and to make my life easier!

    As my family grew, however, my funds to spend on my classroom shrank. I had to get creative with how I was going to get the materials that I wanted/needed. Yes, I used coupons, hit the early back-to-school sales, and shopped yard sales, but the bottom line was, I was still spending money. (I wish I had known fellow blogger, Allie Magnuson, and all of her frugal tips to enhance the classroom back then!) Lately, I have taken to using my Scholastic Book Clubs Bonus Catalog to supplement items for my class.

    Scholastic Book Clubs bonus points are a really cool way to get practical and fun items for the classroom. It’s a win-win. Students purchase books at great prices — as low as a dollar — and teachers can browse through the bonus catalog for items using the bonus points earned from the Book Clubs book orders. Items range from materials to decorate the classroom (such as border and bulletin board materials), to supporting hands-on activities in science, math, and social studies. It is also a great way to build up your classroom library. There are items for teachers of all grades and curriculum areas. And what teacher doesn’t love getting packages in the mail? I know I do!

     

    Scholastic Book Clubs Bonus Items That Currently Live in My Classroom

     

    Read Every Day Posters

    Jumbo Binder Clips

    My students affectionately know me as the absent-minded teacher. I have this habit of putting things down and forgetting where I put them, especially papers. Having these bright, bold binder clips makes my life so much easier. These binder clips are very hard to miss. Extra bonus, they help keep me organized!

     

    GOwrite! Self-Stick Dry Erase Chalkboard/Whiteboard Replacement Covers

    Are you in a classroom where chalkboards still exist? Well, you are not alone. I do not like the feel of chalk on my hands. I have not felt this way my entire teaching career, but over the past few years, using chalk irritates my skin. I have found other uses for the chalkboard, such as to hang notices and anchor charts, but I do know that I need the space to communicate with my students. With these covers, parts of my chalkboard have been transformed into dry-erase areas, and I love it! In these spots, I post the daily homework board, daily teaching points, and the essential questions for the current unit of study for reading and writing workshop.

     

      

    Magnetic Hands

    These colorful “extra” hands are priceless. I use them when I want to highlight something on the board that the students need to pay attention to. Whether it is the heading on their papers, teaching points for the day, or the homework assignment, these hands help the students to focus on important material.

     

      

    Lights and Sounds Buzzers

    I ordered these for playing Jeopardy-style and vocabulary games. Stay tuned to read about how I put these buzzers into action!


    The catalog changes every year. Some items return, and some are upgraded or improved.Some items are discontinued, while new items are introduced. Every year I find some must-have items for my classroom.

     

    My 2014-2015 Scholastic Book Clubs Bonus Points Shopping List

    The following items have caught my eye this school year and are on my "to be ordered" list. It is really easy to get carried away! I have learned to pace myself, and not use all of my bonus points. You never know what next year's catalog might offer!

     

    Page 3 — 13-Pocket Expanding File (always looking for ways to stay organized)

     

     

    Page 5 — Scotch Washi Tape (arts and crafts for incentives and indoor recess)

     

     

    Page 15 — Melissa & Doug Game Suspend Game (arts and crafts for incentives and indoor recess)

     

     

    Page 15WordARound (arts and crafts for incentives and indoor recess)

     

     

    Page 17Tissue Flower Kit (arts and crafts for incentives and indoor recess)

     

     

    Page 19Brainteaser Kit (arts and crafts for incentives and indoor recess)

     

     

    Page 22Electric Pencil Sharpener (Nice to have a spare!)

     

     

    Page 24 — Polar Loop Bracelet (activity tracker — I wonder how many steps on average do we walk daily in our classrooms?)

     

    Not too bad of a list! I am sure that as the year progresses, I will see something else to order. Ordering from the catalog is fun and painless!

    Pearls of Wisdom — Remember to laugh! It is good medicine for the heart and soul!

    As always, I look forward to hearing from you, and sharing ideas!

    Late August not only signals the return of back-to-school, but also shopping time for my classroom. Like many of you, I have used that time to seek out special something(s) to bring my classroom to life. My husband has shaken his head in amazement, not fully understanding my compulsion to spend my own money for the classroom. I have rationalized that I needed these materials to help me teach better. Who was I fooling? I just wanted the classroom to look nice and to make my life easier!

    As my family grew, however, my funds to spend on my classroom shrank. I had to get creative with how I was going to get the materials that I wanted/needed. Yes, I used coupons, hit the early back-to-school sales, and shopped yard sales, but the bottom line was, I was still spending money. (I wish I had known fellow blogger, Allie Magnuson, and all of her frugal tips to enhance the classroom back then!) Lately, I have taken to using my Scholastic Book Clubs Bonus Catalog to supplement items for my class.

    Scholastic Book Clubs bonus points are a really cool way to get practical and fun items for the classroom. It’s a win-win. Students purchase books at great prices — as low as a dollar — and teachers can browse through the bonus catalog for items using the bonus points earned from the Book Clubs book orders. Items range from materials to decorate the classroom (such as border and bulletin board materials), to supporting hands-on activities in science, math, and social studies. It is also a great way to build up your classroom library. There are items for teachers of all grades and curriculum areas. And what teacher doesn’t love getting packages in the mail? I know I do!

     

    Scholastic Book Clubs Bonus Items That Currently Live in My Classroom

     

    Read Every Day Posters

    Jumbo Binder Clips

    My students affectionately know me as the absent-minded teacher. I have this habit of putting things down and forgetting where I put them, especially papers. Having these bright, bold binder clips makes my life so much easier. These binder clips are very hard to miss. Extra bonus, they help keep me organized!

     

    GOwrite! Self-Stick Dry Erase Chalkboard/Whiteboard Replacement Covers

    Are you in a classroom where chalkboards still exist? Well, you are not alone. I do not like the feel of chalk on my hands. I have not felt this way my entire teaching career, but over the past few years, using chalk irritates my skin. I have found other uses for the chalkboard, such as to hang notices and anchor charts, but I do know that I need the space to communicate with my students. With these covers, parts of my chalkboard have been transformed into dry-erase areas, and I love it! In these spots, I post the daily homework board, daily teaching points, and the essential questions for the current unit of study for reading and writing workshop.

     

      

    Magnetic Hands

    These colorful “extra” hands are priceless. I use them when I want to highlight something on the board that the students need to pay attention to. Whether it is the heading on their papers, teaching points for the day, or the homework assignment, these hands help the students to focus on important material.

     

      

    Lights and Sounds Buzzers

    I ordered these for playing Jeopardy-style and vocabulary games. Stay tuned to read about how I put these buzzers into action!


    The catalog changes every year. Some items return, and some are upgraded or improved.Some items are discontinued, while new items are introduced. Every year I find some must-have items for my classroom.

     

    My 2014-2015 Scholastic Book Clubs Bonus Points Shopping List

    The following items have caught my eye this school year and are on my "to be ordered" list. It is really easy to get carried away! I have learned to pace myself, and not use all of my bonus points. You never know what next year's catalog might offer!

     

    Page 3 — 13-Pocket Expanding File (always looking for ways to stay organized)

     

     

    Page 5 — Scotch Washi Tape (arts and crafts for incentives and indoor recess)

     

     

    Page 15 — Melissa & Doug Game Suspend Game (arts and crafts for incentives and indoor recess)

     

     

    Page 15WordARound (arts and crafts for incentives and indoor recess)

     

     

    Page 17Tissue Flower Kit (arts and crafts for incentives and indoor recess)

     

     

    Page 19Brainteaser Kit (arts and crafts for incentives and indoor recess)

     

     

    Page 22Electric Pencil Sharpener (Nice to have a spare!)

     

     

    Page 24 — Polar Loop Bracelet (activity tracker — I wonder how many steps on average do we walk daily in our classrooms?)

     

    Not too bad of a list! I am sure that as the year progresses, I will see something else to order. Ordering from the catalog is fun and painless!

    Pearls of Wisdom — Remember to laugh! It is good medicine for the heart and soul!

    As always, I look forward to hearing from you, and sharing ideas!

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