Posted by Tim Stobbs on September 2, 2008
Ok, I’ll be honest here. My brain is very cooked right now, actually I would call it burnt. So I’ll blame the fact I did this instead of relaxing over the weekend. The good news is I have a 102 page fiction story in front of me. The bad new is the following post might not make sense.
My oldest boy starts preschool this week. We are nervous and excited for him. I’m also looking at his school supply list and thinking if this is just for preschool what does the grade 1 list look like? Yikes!
Actually the list isn’t that bad except for the slightly annoying habit of requesting specific brands. Yes the list actually states 2 bottle of Crayola glue. I’m not joking here. When we did finally find the glue I actually understand why for a second: the glue is washable. Hence the same requirement for the crayons.
Yet a suprising amount of the list consisted of items we already had at home. He needed a painting shirt, so one of my old t-shirts when it the bag. A full change of clothes (for preschool this make sense) and a snack and a drink.
Overall the cost wasn’t horrible for him to start preschool a rough estimate would be $45. Some of the items will also be used for several years by him like a backpack, while a new pair of shoes for indoors was needed anyways since he was outgrowing his last pair of shoes.
Perhaps one of the smartest things we did for him didn’t cost a dime. My wife took out several books about the first day at school from the library and we have been reading those at bedtime for a week straight now. She has even gone as far as using my son’s teacher’s name in the one story so he gets used to hearing it as well.
Perhaps the only thing that really annoyed me this year was I actaully watched a few back to school ads this year and realized how stupid they are. I mean I kid can’t possiblely ‘need’ an ipod or a cell phone for school. Such is the joy of living a lower consumption lifestyle in a high consumption culture. *sigh*