Back to School Shopping
I’ve been provisioning for Back to School this week.
Good grief, but it is complicated.
When I was in high school, I went down to the drug store and bought me a package of Bic pens and a couple of spiral bound notebooks.
You should see the list of supplies the kids need.
In addition to the textbooks I have to buy at the French textbook store. This year the French textbook store kindly offered a Book Cover Option, which I elected. This means that for a small fee, they will cover the kids’ textbooks with clear plastic. To help make my textbook euro go that much farther.
But the other stuff. For this we went to the Big Grocery Store. And I just turned them lose with their respective lists. Because while I can’t tell my corbeilles from my F8 feuilles simples, the kids seem to know what all this means.
The German teacher wants un classeur souple grand format avec 6 intercalaires et des pochettes plastifiées. Feuilles grands carreaux. In case you didn’t quite get it, and I didn’t, that’s a flexible large format workbook with six dividers and plastic sleeves. Pages with LARGE squares, please. Not lines.
Oh, but wait. Only one kid has German this year. The other kid has Spanish. And the Spanish teacher wants des copies simples et des copies doubles à grands carreaux. Un grand cahier, 200 pages, à grands carreaux, avec spirale. That’s loose leaf-paper (single and double) with LARGE squares. And a big notebook, 200 pages please, with LARGE squares. Oh, and make that spiral bound.
Math? Deux grands cahiers à petits carreaux, sans spirale, 100 pages. Des copies simples et des copies doubles à petits carreaux perforées, avec marges si possible. Une calculatrice scientifique TI ou CASIO Collège, 1 règle, 1 équerre, 1 compas, 1 rapporteur, 1 criterium (0.5 mm, mines HB), des stylos (bleu, noir, rouge & vert), 1 stylo encre bleue et 1 effaceur. For that we need two big notebooks, but with SMALL squares, NO spiral binding, and 100 pages. Loose-leaf paper (single and double), perforated, with SMALL squares, AND margins, if possible. A scientific calculator (Texas Instruments or CASIO College), a ruler, a square, a compass, a protractor, a mechanical pencil (0.5 mm, HB), pens (blue, black, red, AND green), a fountain pen (blue ink), and an eraser. For erasing the fountain pen ink.
Chemistry/Physics? Un grand cahier 21 x 29.7, petits carreaux, 100 pages, sans spirales; des copies simples et des copies doubles à grands carreaux. Une machine à calculer. A big notebook (21 x 29.7) with SMALL squares, 100 pages, NO spiral binding. Loose-leaf paper, but this time with the BIG squares. And any old calculator will do.
Are you exhausted yet? I am. And school doesn’t even start until Monday.