Thursday, August 28, 2008

First Day of School

The time has come again for school to start - but, oh, the preparation beforehand! I have never prepared for public or private school in the States so my "firsts" have all had a Latino flare to them. Sure I remember my own school days - new back back (at least new to me), lunch box, maybe a new outfit for the first day, and I'm not sure what else. Mom, fill me in here. But, really, the majority of the "school supplies" were provided by the school itself - all that great tax money put to good use. Here, the government provides the books for the basic subjects - regulated across the country. Other than that, the parents fund the purchase of books, paper, supplies (glue, white out, erasers, crayons, markers, etc.), school uniforms, the proper shoes, you-name-it. So, entering school is a big deal and a big cost, not only to us (who chose a private school) but to every parent with a school age kid.
Here's a picture of the kiddos this morning - ready for their first day of school. I might add that they were all ready before Dave and I even woke up this morning - lol.

5 comments:

Amy Maxwell said...

We had a pretty big school shopping list too. Glue, crayons, markers, pencils, scissors, folders, notebooks, dry erase markers, erasers, Kleenex, hand sanitizer, hand soap, paint, colored pencils, a nap mat, backpacks, gym shoes...

That's for public school. At least we didn't have to buy the books. :)

Kelly said...

Wow, I guess so. Do the kids actually use the dry erase markers or is that kind of thing a help to the teacher/class list of items?
One of our items was 25 piece puzzle (kindergarten) and another 500 sheets of both graph paper and lined paper (4th grade) - just to name a few.
I guess we're all in the same boat then ;-) Let's make it a cruise ship - what do you say?

Dave said...

Don't forget the wonderful task of figuring out just what we needed to buy. Alfileres? a geoplano? and just what is a cuaderno italiano? I'm amazaed by your perseverance.

Sky Yaple said...

doesn't America provide the books too?? i never had to pay for schoolbooks until college...

and this is my first fall in 19 years i don't have to go to school! yay!

Amy said...

Sorry I forgot to come back to comment.

Yes a lot of the things on the list are for the class to share or the teacher to use.

When we were in grade school, the only class room supply we brought was a box of tissues.