There are a few supplies I constantly get questions about. For good reason, I consider them essentials. They make preparing materials, organizing resources, and utilizing activities easier and more streamlined. Here are my favs:
A personal laminator is a must. You can bring it home on weekends and relax on a Saturday night with a glass of wine and a stack of adapted books to prep. That’s everyone idea of a rocking Saturday, right?! I do highly recommend investing in your own laminator. Large industrial laminators don’t always have thicker laminating options, break often, and usually have a line. We have a lot of laminating to do sometimes and having the ability to throw a page in here or there is a huge time saver!
I have this Swingline Laminator. I use Menu Size Laminating pages for file folder activities and Letter Size Laminating pages for everything else. I prefer to use 5 mil for schedule pieces and 3 mil for pages and activities.
Coil Binding Machine
Once you start with coil binding, you’ll never go back. It’s so much sturdier than other plastic binding types and there are so many uses. I love these for adapted books. They also work great for creating workbooks or student specific activities. I also think these are amazing for binding the Leveled Daily Curriculum into workbooks!
My most liked and comment on pictures on social media are pictures of velcro dots. What is it about velcro dots that makes people so dang happy?! Oh yea – it’s because everyone hates cutting velcro. The sticky scissors, the extra time. No, no, no. Velcro dots are worth the extra money because you can get a lot more materials prepped much more quickly. My all time favorite velcro comes from Feiner Supply. You buy the hard and soft separate (which is great because I usually use much more hard velcro). I usually get 3/4 inch!
Photo Storage Container
I always gets tons of questions on this item! I recently have been using this photo storage container system for my ABLLS Task Cards but there are so many options! These are great for task boxes, schedule pictures, supplies, mini sensory bins, and more. I got this Iris Photo Storage Container in XL from Amazon but they also have them at Michaels, Joannes, and sometimes Costco!
Binder rings are my quick and easy go-to solution for all types of resource organization. I love binder rings to turn task cards into a complete activity, putting writing or language prompts on, or for storing my click counters on. The two inch binding clips are cheap and have so many uses!