1. Double Stick Tape Rollers- There's nothing worse than creating a great resource and then you start gluing the pieces together and the pages warp or don't stick at all :( Problem solved with these! I used to be able to get them everywhere and now they aren't quite as easy to find, and not as inexpensive as they used to be. But, nevertheless they top my list.
2. Personal Laminator- I LOVE my laminator. I had a smaller one, but this is my new larger one and I can't say enough positive things about it. It heats up in just a minute and works like a gem every time. I also get my lamination at Sam's Club and you can't beat the price- $20 for 200 sheets. I can make it through a whole year with one box. Ok- I feel like a commercial now, I better stop!
3. Reading with Meaning by Debbie Miller- If you haven't read it, it is a must read for this summer. These comprehension strategies are at the heart of my reading instruction. I absolutely LOVE this book and all the strategies! I could go on and on about the book, but I'll let you read it for yourself. There's nothing better than hearing your kiddos say, I used my schema to answer that question or I made a text to self connection when I read that poem. This is an anchor chart we created when we discussed visualization, which is a chapter in her book. I read a poem about grandmas and they drew their mental images.