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Updated: Feb 24, 2023

It's Back to School time! I don't know about you, but the school supply section of every store is like a magnet to me. I just can't stay away. I do a lot of stocking up for the year during August, so I'm here to share my essentials with you. Don't worry, this isn't another post about buying lamination and Velcro. But if you still need the basics, you can check out Part 1 here.

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Goo Gone

Remove anything sticky with ease! I always had a bottle of Goo Gone in my classroom. If you need to clean your Velcro scissors, this stuff is great!

DVD Pouches

These DVD pouches are great for storing picture icons. I used them to store the pieces for adapted books. Just punch in the binding machine and add it to the back of the book. You can also use them for visual schedules. My students placed their icons in the pouch when finished.

Adapted Scissors

Adapted scissors are great for students with fine motor challenges.

Lens Cleaning Wipes

I used lens cleaning wipes to clean iPad or tablet screens. Many of my students had AAC devices, so I kept a box of these to wipe off their gooey fingerprints!


We can never have too many timers in our special education classrooms. These digital classroom timers are magnetic, so you can just stick them on the whiteboard and grab one when needed.

Dab & Dot Markers

My students loved these Dot Art Markers! It's a fun way for students to record their answers on a multiple-choice worksheet. We also used them to record how our day was in our daily communication logs.

Plastic Tote Bins

Plastic tote bins are my go-to for task boxes, task cards, etc. So many uses!

Tablet or Book Stands

These stands are great for holding iPads or tablets, but they are also great to hold books or student materials. I have had several students who require picture icons presented on a large board. I used a book stand to hold the adapted book while I presented the answer choices. That way, they can still see the book if they need to!

Looking for more? Check out the entire Amazon list here for everything you could possibly need!

What are your classroom essentials?




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