8.17.2017

Back to School with LEARN365

Have you heard the news?? Oriental Trading Company now has a education specific brand called Learn365 that has even more educational/classroom/fun products.


I have used Oriental Trading Company for all kinds of odds and ends in my classroom over the years, and now they have even more odds and ends and teacher goodies. Woohoo!!

I was excited when they asked me to choose a few products to try out for back to school. What could be better than that? Please note this post contains sponsored links.

This back to school season, I am all about organization and student engagement! So, as I perused the Oriental Trading and Learn 365 websites I was looking for items that would #setthestagetoengage and help make my teacher life easier. More organization in my classroom, means more time to focus on my kids, my teaching, and our classroom learning community. 

First, I wanted to get organized!

I ordered these great clear tall storage baskets. These baskets are great for community supplies in upper elementary because they are not too big and hold all the essentials for my 5th graders: post-its, highlighters, glue, and erasers.



I love that the baskets are clear, so they take up less visual space in my classroom. You can stock them with anything using cups and organizers to help, or you can just throw everything into the bin and let a rip. We don't always keep our community supplies out, so I like to just throw in what we need when we need it. Then I simply stack these beauties on a shelf and they are ready to go.

For more storage/organization, I ordered these large storage jars and y'all they are BIG.  Maybe even a little too big for my immediate need. But, aren't they pretty?? I wanted them to work in my room so badly, but.... I moved them around for days trying to find just the right spot and I agonized about what to put in them, but in my ELA 5th grade classroom, I simply couldn't find a clear efficient purpose. If only I still taught math, and could store math manipulatives in these.


Luckily, my school librarian had a great idea of how to use them with her Bluebonnet Books program and now I'm really excited because these three jars will be used by all of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade! Purpose found and it is going to be perfect!

Oh magnets, how I love you! Y'all this is one if my favorite things from Oriental Trading EVER!! 


These adhesive back magnets and adhesive magnet dots have a million uses in the classroom and you simply can never have too many! It is a back to school must-have, especially for the price. I always have these on hand, because you just never know when you need to turn something into a magnet.

My first back to school project with these magnets was creating a new check-in/lunch count system. I made circle numbers for all my students, laminated, and put the rectangle magnets on the back of each number to make sure they would hold. So easy and so efficient. And thanks to these adhesive magnets I didn't have to use hot glue. It took me no time at all to stick magnets on the back and call it a day.

Once I had a few practical items, I started looking for FUN ways to increase engagement in my classroom. 

I ordered Neon Color Gangster Hats for reading! I just knew these would be perfect to use with Hope King's Get Your Neon Read On Activity.


I had quite a bit of fun trying on all the hats...especially with the Snapchat filter.


And those clear tall storage baskets are going to be perfect to hold my Get Your Neon Read On supplies. They are so versatile.

I also plan on kicking off the year with a Book Tasting, so ordered a set of paper chef hats. I only ordered hats for teachers to wear during the book tasting. The kiddos ( i.e. the customers) will get something else, but I love the how tall and silly they are. It's going to add just the right amount of fun to our book tasting experience.


Finally, I can never order anything from OTC without getting a few rolls of stickers. The emoji stickers are adorable and the incentive foil roll was too good to pass up.


Thanks to a combination of items from Oriental Trading Company and Learn365 I am ready to head back to school a more organized and more engaging teacher! Click here to check out all Learn 365 has to offer for back to school!!

Disclaimer: Oriental Trading Company provided these products free of charge in exchange for an honest review of their products. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Back to School!



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