How can six-year-olds can keep track of all this stuff? (Of course I know the answer.) For first-grade in Israel you need the discipline of a first-year recruit.
School supply list:
- Ten 40-page notebooks “esser shurot” (10 lines), a math notebook, and ten plastic covers (not eleven?) If you can find the cheap ones with the brown covers, buy them. The plastic “atifot” help them last longer and the teachers provide decorative pages to slip under the transparent covers, making them easy to identify. Of course they don’t need 40 pages. There are at least six different kinds of notebook paper, and I often come home with the wrong kind.
- An assignment book; for first grade you can buy a generic “yoman machberet,” which is only slightly more expensive than a regular notebook. It contains days of the week but no dates.
- Two machbarot chachamot ( “smart” notebooks), one each for math and writing. When I bought them for my daughter they cost five times more than a regular notebook and she wrote on exactly one page. Of one. I’m going to wait on those.
- Ten colored plastic folders (tikiot shekef) in the following colors: blue, green, purple, pink and white. I happen to have a bunch of black and green ones; should I buy new ones? Do I have to have exactly two of each color? (My answers: no.)
- A set of mapal (plastic) dividers. I have some cardboard ones; tough.
- A large ringed notebook, not from mapal.
- A large, elastic, mapal folder for storing papers.
- A denim pencil case for storing math supplies, recommended (i.e. it’s the most important item on the list).
- Pencil case, 3 pencils, eraser, sharpener, scissors, glue stick, a package of colored pencils, pink, yellow and green highlighter markers, a package of thin markers, a package of pastel crayons and a small ruler. I am going to wait at least a few days before buying most of this stuff.
- Art supplies–to be announced.