Teaching Kindergarten on a Budget

Lets face it. Teaching Kindergarten is expensive. I am hoping that I can give you some tips and advice to make it affordable to your pocket book and not break the bank.

Thrift Stores

This is a teachers gift from heaven! Books, manipulatives, outdoor learning materials for centers as well as classroom decor items can all be purchased here for a reasonable price. Are you okay with painting? Are you allowed to bring in shelves? If you are you can easily make a gorgeous room out of second hand resources!


The dollar store truly has become a teachers favorite place to shop. To be honest, it isn't my pocket books favorite place. I've spent too much over the years here. Be very selective about what you bring in. Try to ensure you can use it throughout the year instead of purchasing single use items.

The Giving Tree

At the beginning of the year have parents sign up on a giving tree. They pick an item that you are needing and that they are willing to purchase off the tree and bring it back as soon as they can!

Loose Parts

Send a note home for parents about materials you are looking for.

Even share photos of what you want with your friends and family on Facebook! You would be shocked how happy your family and friends will be at purging what they don't need and that they are able to help you out!

I know it sounds silly to mention it, but looking through what you already own will often shock you about what resources you already have. Spend time in the summer sorting your materials and you'll likely find some gems you forgot you owned!

Support Recycling

Does your creation station need some new material? Keep safe recyclables to add to your learning materials and teach your students about how you can reuse items to help to save the earth!

Do you teach an inquiry based program?

Brainstorm ideas of what your learning about and collaborate with the kids about what you need in the classroom. Send a note home to the parents. Consider having a template and have students add their ideas in their own printing to increase student ownership in the inquiry!

P.S. keep a note about who brought in different items and send it home at the end of the inquiry! Keep your own life from becoming cluttered!

Holidays/End of Year

Do you have something that you "need" for your class? Would you enjoy a gift card to an educational store or even the dollar store? Consider sending a note home to parents and listing theses ideas as alternatives in leu of teacher gifts. Parents might appreciate knowing they are investing in their child's learning environment!

Use your Budget!

I know many teachers who do not use up their allocated classroom budget. Don't be afraid or forget to use it! Many do.

Do you have any other tips for teachers who are trying to stay on a budget?

Books for Learning About Colors!

I love exploring art through picture books. 

It is easy, engaging and hooks kids into learning. 

I hope you enjoy looking through the books I have used over the years in either lessons or as an art provocation to help teach children about colors.

I personally like having my own copies of books for an easy reference and to avoid many trips to the library!

If you're interested in picking up these books I've included my affiliate links in this post at the bottom of the page.


By: Monique Felix
This is a story with pictures only of a curious little mouse who has an adventure with paint. It has some fun mixing colors in a color pallet and creating primary colors as the result!


This book is a great book for exploring shades and hues of colors. I will often put this out as a simple provocation with just a single color and white paint for kids to explore making different variations. Amazingly beautiful art is always a result of this as a provocation.

A Color of His Own

This is a picture book about animals and their colors. It explores how chameleons can change colors in a fun way that encourages friendships.

White Rabbit's Color Book

By: Alan Baker
White Rabbit has an adventure mixing primary colours! 


By: Bruce McMillan
This book explores a variety of food that grows in many different colors.

Canada in Colours 

By: Per-Henrik Gurth
Looking for some Canadian content? This book is great for acknowledging where colors are naturally seen throughout Canada!

If you're interested in getting your own copy these quick links are for you to view them on Amazon.


10 Engaging Halloween Videos for Primary Students

I hope your students find these ten videos engaging and entertaining this Halloween!

Happy video watching!

5 Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate 

(1 min 57 sec)

Shake Them Bones 

(2 min 20 sec)

Five Little Pumpkins

(3 min 19 sec)

It's Halloween! 

(5 min 15 sec)

Spooky Spooky! 

(2 min 50 sec)

Spooky Spooky - Same or Different Game 

(3 min 25 sec)

If You're A Kid... 

(2 min 45 sec)

Too Spooky For Me 

(3 min 12 sec)

Insy Winsy Spider 

(1 min 22 sec)

Haunted House 

(2 min 49 sec)

Halloween Stomp 

(3 min 17 sec)


Sharing a link in a pdf

Have you ever struggled with pdf links no longer working for you?

I have run into this issue a couple of times in my career and for some reason I cannot always remember this tip.

So, I wanted to share it with you as I'm sure others have had the same issue!

The simple secret to making sure a link does not go dead is to ensure that all the text is on one line! That's it! It is that simple! You're link will not go dead if you do this.

I used to often make my url's the same size as my text on the page, which could often vary in size, but not anymore! I'm tired of my links going dead!

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