Back to School – Part 1
Time sure flies. School starts next week. Summer fun is over.
One of the things I do to get ready for school is to shop for school supplies. The kids get their supplies list on the last day of school. Stores usually display the school supplies at the beginning of August. As I went through their list a few weeks ago, I told my boys that we’ll have to reuse some of their old school supplies. Like for example their pencil crayons. Every June, when school ends, they bring home their used crayons, pencils, markers and we dump them in this 3-drawer container. This is what they use at home when they do their homework. But as years go by, they just accumulate. Their pencil crayons and markers from last year were still in good condition. I was able to convince them to reuse some of their supplies if they wanted to buy new backpacks.
And did you know that back-to-school shopping is the considered the second biggest holiday next to Christmas? It’s the second busiest and more expensive, that is.
Kids here have a full page of lists. When I was still in school, I only needed a few supplies aside from the books. Notebooks, a few pads of paper, pens, pencils, erasers, paste, pencil case and a school bag.
Here’s a typical list of school supplies that a 3rd grader here will need. And they have to bring all of these on the first day of school. I have highlighted the ones that my son is reusing.
1 – 3 inch, ring binder 1 – 1 inch, ring binder
20 pencils, sharpened HB 1 red pen
8 erasers – white 1 ruler, 30 cm
1 pair scissors 8 glue sticks – large
1 bottle Bondfast glue – Large 10 Duotangs (different colours)
1 calculator (simple function) 1 package of dividers
2 Ziploc Freezer bags 1 deck playing cards
1 pencil case 2 boxes Kleenex, 200s
1 sharpener (enclosed for shavings)
1 – 12 pack watercolour paints
1 school bag or backpack
1 package Crayola crayons – 8 pack or more
1 package felt markers – Laurentian or Crayola
1 package of oil pastels (8-16) – Crayola
1 package pencil crayons, sharpened
10 scribblers – Hilroy (3 hole) (not coil bound)
1 Hilroy studio scrapbook (35.6 x 27.9 cm) (coil binding)
1 Hilroy project book (72 pages)
1 package loose-leaf paper (100 sheets)
1 pair indoor running shoes, clearly marked with child’s name
Gym shorts and a T-shirt for Phys. Ed.
1 drawstring cloth bag to hold Phys. Ed. Clothing
1 Webster’s English dictionary (simple paperback)
$15.00 for the purchase of various crafts and cooking supplies
$7.00 for the purchase of a student school agenda
**ALL SUPPLIES SHOULD BE CLEARLY MARKED WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME**
Which reminds me that I still have to label these supplies.