As with most schools – my school is preparing for next year, which includes making school supply lists for incoming parents. Here’s what’s on the list for my first graders to bring next year:
- Pencil Case
- Colored Pencils
- Pencil Sharpener
- Glue Sticks
- Chemise de Papier
- Binded Folder of Paper Protectors
- Copy Paper
- Canson Paper (color and white)
Many of these school supplies are different from what I was used to receiving in the United States. For example the chemise de papier was very different to me than a folder as I knew it. Both are used to hold papers (I use mine to send home graded papers), but rather than having the pockets I was familiar with, this has elastic that goes around the outside and holds it all together. The absence of crayons was also interesting to me – while you can find “wax crayons” here in Morocco, they are rare - colored pencil are the norm and the expectation. Construction paper is another item that is very hard to find here in Morocco – instead, we have Canson Paper, which is heavy and more like cardstock. We also do not receive hand sanitizer or baggies, which were “normal” on supply lists I had in the United States. After a year of teaching with these “different” supplies, I have found that at the end of the day, as long as you have something to write with and something to write on – the rest doesn’t really matter!!
Now, I teach at an “American School” here in Casablanca, Morocco. My son attends a “Moroccan School”. Next week, I’ll tell you about his school supply list!
While we’re talking about school supplies – what’s on your school supply list for next year?