Last week, I wrote a post for GTC (found HERE) about the differences I had been experiencing in the school supplies I have in my classroom. Today I am going to tell you about the difference my son has had when it comes to dealing with supplies.
My son is 8 and he attends a Moroccan school where he learns in French and Arabic, while I teach at an American school where my children learn in English. There are many differences between the schools. I recently wrote a guest blog post for KidsWorldCitizen highlighting some of these differences and how my children reacted to those differences when we moved here.
Here is what his school supplies look like:
1.) First and foremost in his book bag is the “trouse”, or pencil case that he must bring back and forth to school each and every day (actually twice a day because they come home for lunch). Inside the pencil case, he has 2 blue pens, a green pen and a red pen, as well as one pencil, a pencil sharpener, and eraser, colored pencils and a ruler. The pencil is only used in his English class, the majority of his work is written in pen. The ruler is used not to measure, but to draw a straight line when connecting two sides of a matching activity.
2.) He has multiple notebooks – small soft covered notebooks that are each covered with a different colored plastic color. Each color has a different purpose. The paper inside looks (to me) like graph paper, it has boxes instead of lines.
3.) He has is text books. We had to purchase all of his text books and workbooks, and they had to be covered in plastic as well. These books will be his at the end of the year, although I’m not sure what we’ll do with them.
4.) A personal size chalkboard and chalk – they use this regularly for whole group activities.
What school supplies do you use in your classroom?