Although some of these items are less expensive at your local discount store, they may be more convenient online.
Magnetic paper is MUCH cheaper here! You get 20 sheets for $20 making it a $1.00/sheet. Everywhere else it's $2.00+/sheet. You can use magnetic paper for making great center activities. It lasts fairly well and looks excellent! Think flannel boards without the fuss. It works great for making helper charts and rule posters, too.
Professional Photo Quality Magnetic Matte Inkjet Paper 8.5x11"" (20 Sheets) Compatible with all Printer Brands
Staples Photo Supreme Double-sided Matte Photo Paper for ALL Inkjet Printers
Printers and Ink
You can use double sided matte photo paper when you want to make really good prints without breaking the bank or when you need to copy on both sides of the page. This is a REALLY great price for 100 sheets! It makes beautiful covers and cards for centers.
Get More From Your Printer
The most important machine I had in my classroom was my color inkjet printer. It was many years before I wised up to the idea of purchasing a printer based on the cost of the ink, but I finally got it. The printer I'm using now has cost me less than $25 in ink a year (working in special education); I used to spend that each month. Unfortunately, it's out of production.
I recently purchased a Brother MFC 250 for less than $60, and it scans, copies, and prints. (It doesn't have a fax.) It has four print levels: fine, normal, fast normal, and draft. Fast normal is what I use, even for final copies of things for the classroom. It doesn't do that great on photo printing--when I want something to look really good I use my Canon Pixma 9000, but it does great for everything else. My husband is using this printer and he hardly ever prints anything, so I can't speak for the number of pages it will produce. You can buy high capacity ink cartridges for it.
Brother MFC-250c Color Inkjet Multi-Function Center for the Home/Home Office
12 Pack. Compatible Brother LC-61 Cartridges. Includes Cartridges for 3ea LC-61 of each Color Black Cyan Magenta Yellow.
That's 12 cartridges for less than$9!
While I was researching printers recently, I came across another one in the Brother line that prints up to ledger size (11x17). While I was looking (Dec. '10) I found it for just under $100. It's $150 at Amazon right now. A luxury, but the large format printers are REALLY coming down in price! One thing to be aware of--large format printers are really large, so they take up a lot of desk space.
Brother MFC5895CW Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax
12-Pack Compatible Ink Cartridges for Brother LC51 MFC 230C 240C 350C 440CN 465CN 3360C 5460CN 5860CN 665CW 685CW 845CW 885CW
That's 12 ink cartridges for about $12.
Microsoft Publisher is the easiest publishing software I've ever used. While I was teaching I never used Word AT ALL, in fact I only started using it when I began this business. It's great for building clip art, creating games and materials, and making worksheets, stationary, and newsletters. There's nothing I couldn't do with Publisher as a publishing teacher, and it's still the one program I use more than all the others, combined!
Microsoft Publisher 2010