A few of my favorite things….

I don’t usually do this, but I thought I would share a few of my favorite things that I can’t get through the day without! 🙂

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My blogging friend Greg (at Kindergarten Smorgasboard) shared about his favorite pens about a month ago and I saw them on sale at Target, buy one, get one for $1.  The packs I got each had 18 pens each, so I got 36 pens total.  4 of each of the colors you see above.  I like pens that write in different colors, but I was skeptical about ball point pens being great.  I. LOVE. THESE.  I keep one set on my desk and one set at my small group table.  I can color code things easily now and don’t have to worry about these not working.  You know how when you get new pens you have to scribble on paper with them to get them going–not these beauties!  They work right out of the package.  My total cost for 36 pens was $4! 🙂


Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 6.40.37 PMMy Purple Cows laminator!!  LOVE IT!!  I bought it with my first Tpt check and I’m pretty sure I run it at least 4 days a week.  I keep it at home and I love how thick the laminating pockets are with it!  I get everything ready to laminate, then sit and run everything through.  Quick and easy and it takes up almost no space.  I love that it heats up quickly and cools down quickly.  I really like that I can use any brand of laminating pouches with them, but the purple cows brand are my favorite so far! 🙂


Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 6.45.25 PMI love my Greenroom blank journal.  These are similar to the one I have (mine has a spiral binding down the left side, but the same size).  I love that it’s recycled paper and it’s the perfect size to take everywhere!  I use it for notes in workshops and staff meetings, but I also use it to sketch out things I want to make for Tpt and other ideas for my classroom.  I take it everywhere I go! 🙂


Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 6.47.59 PMI LOVE my Canon EOS Rebel T3i!!  It’s something else I always take with me.  I have a 16GB memory card which can hold close to 1,000 pictures at any given time.  I have the zoom lens that goes with this camera and I love it almost as much as the regular lens that comes with it.  It takes great action shots (those happen in my classroom a lot!) and beautiful still and posed pictures.  My kids are so used to seeing this bad boy, that when I click the shutter, they usually don’t look up now! 🙂


Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 6.51.41 PMI love Avery’s binders.  I love them even more now that they have the one touch open lever in them.  No more pinched fingers!  I use a one inch binder in this awesome green color for my lesson plan book, so that I can find it no matter where I put it down! 🙂  It holds my entire year’s worth of lessons and the tiered pockets in the front and back are great at helping me keep track of things small and large, so they don’t get lost behind each other!  I also like that I can personalize the front and sides of the binder with my own images and when sliding things in, they don’t get stuck like they used to in my older binders.  I have every size binder I can think of, all the way up to 4 inches and I think I love them all!


What are a few of your favorite things? 🙂

Kristen 🙂

About Kristen Poindexter

I am the 2014 National Shell Science Teacher, 2014 PAEMST Awardee for Science, and a Kindergarten teacher who blogs about my adventures in teaching!

Posted on February 7, 2013, in Favorite Things. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Can you send me a picture of how your lesson plan binder looks. You said you tiered it. I need to see that.

    Julie Gosney


    Second Street School



    • Hi Julie,
      Let me see if I can get some good pictures of it. I basically have tabbed dividers in my binder, each labeled with the month of the year. I need to add something to it, but I haven’t found the right inserts yet. 🙂
      Kristen 🙂


  2. I also have a laminator that I love. Can I ask where you purchase lamination pouches? I am always looking for a better deal. I usually use Lamination Depot, but the shipping is high.


    • Hi, Cindy:
      I also have the Purple Cow laminator. I love it for all the reasons that Kristen wrote about. The pockets are thick so I can even laminate paper without needing to mount my work onto construction paper first! I use my 40% and 50% off coupons at AC Moore. The pockets come in different sizes so I can also laminate a scrapbook page or a smaller version of classroom anchor charts. Hope this helps!


    • I got mine from Amazon.com. They had a good price and because I spent over $25, I got free shipping. 🙂
      Kristen 🙂


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