Every year I send home to explain to the parents that we are using recorders in class and that each student will need to have a recorder.

But here are a few details.

The three B’s are:

  • Buy – I tell the students they are welcome to buy a recorder from me. Every year I place an order from Peripole. I buy recorders for about 75% of the next year’s 4th graders.NOTE: There was a “recorder account” set up with the school by my predecessor. I turn the money in to the office, and it is deposited into that account. When I buy more recorders in the spring, I use the money from that account.
  • Bring – Students can bring recorders from home. I encourage them to not buy a recorder from the dollar store.
  • Borrow – I have a collection of used recorders. I put a piece of electrical tape with the student’s name on the recorder. The student uses that same recorder for the whole recorder unit. At the end of the unit, I take the used recorders home and wash them on the top rack of my dishwasher to wash them for the following year.

Much more information (along with a copy of a parent note) is available in my recorder book and bundle! Check it out!