Since I am yet again faced with a new classroom I find myself thinking "What does this room need that it doesn't already have?" There were some obvious places where we needed resources. For instance, we didn't have enough rhythm sticks for even half of a class to use. There weren't enough. Also, we don't have any woodblocks, or egg shakers, or hand drums. So, I started to make a list of all the things that would really be in a perfect classroom. Some of those things I put on my "long term wishes" list that I could submit for requisitions to my administration over time. Some of those things I immediately made into projects to add to my DonorsChoose.org page. But, no matter how I started to divide the resources, I began to make a list of all the things that I would love to have in my classroom.
The Ultimate resource list
So, I made a list, and I wanted to share! I remember when I started teaching that I searched the internet for a list of all the instruments, books, CDs, equipment, etc. that I "should" have in my classroom. I never found a resource like that. We all teach in such diverse and special situations that there is no real "standard." However, the things that I added to the list below would aid ANY classroom. These are all the things that feel totally "standard" and some things that I think should absolutely be standard.
So, click any of the links below to see a picture/description of the resource OR click the link at the very bottom of this post and download a Word Document containing the full list. Use it as a guide for purchasing for your classroom and leave a comment at the end of this blog post if you see that I've forgotten to add your favorite instrument or book. I definitely want to flesh out the "book/resources" section of this list and would love any guidance there.
“Gameplan” resources K-5
Orff Volumes (Music for Children) 1-5
Orff Source Volumes 1-3
Mallet Madness Vol. 1 & 2
Froseth Rhythm Cards (CD IS AMAZING) by James Froseth
As American As Apple Pie by Jeff Kriske and Randy DeLelles
In the B-A-G (Book & CD) by Janet Day
Recorder Karate (Original Book & CD) by Barb Philipak
Hands on Recorder Book 1 & 2
All Aboard the Recorder Express Vol 1 & 2 by Janet Day
Teaching Movement and Dance by Phyllis Weikart
Rhythmically Moving CDs by Phyllis Weikart
Parachutes and Ribbons and Scarves, Oh My! By Artie Almeida
Any books by New England Dance Masters
Kids in Motion CD by Greg and Steve
Itty Bitty Monsters CD by Dino O’Dell
Class set of scarves, multiple colors (at least 30)
Class set of beanbags, multiple colors (at least 30)
Class set of Ribbon wands/streamers (at least 30)
Canopy scarves 9x9 ft. Several colors
Large stretchy band
Class set of "SitSpots"
Class set of White boards
Class set of Staff Lined White boards
Millions of Expo Brand White Board Markers
White board erasers
Anchor Chart Holder/Stand
Every Folkmanis puppet ever created… but especially:
Multiple bird finger puppets
Click the file on the right to download the wishlist in Word Document form. And please feel free to add comments below with other instruments, books, and electronics that you think should be on this list! I'd love for it to grow so that all elementary music teachers can have a resource to help them plan for the future!