Local churches and libraries will often hold school supply drives – if you are in need of duplicate supplies to send home, just ask around!
Another option is to be selective about the homework assignments that you give, sticking to assignments that don’t require many supplies.
The more information we have about students’ home situations, the better!
Click on the image below to download a free parent survey (in English and Spanish).
This survey will give you information about what supplies families have at home.
If you’re worried about not getting the survey back, why not have parents fill it out during Back to School night or another school event that most parents attend?
I found and made games, activities, and worksheets to give my students meaningful practice opportunities.
But it still took a good bit of time each week to assemble my weekly homework packet.
After an 8 hour school day with my kiddos (yes, you read that right – those 5 and 6 year olds were at school for 8 hours a day), I was exhausted. That year I had students who couldn’t read a Level A book, and other students who were reading beginning chapter books.
I could barely manage to get materials ready for the next day, much less find or create engaging homework activities. I would have been up all night trying to get together 25 different homework assignments!