School supplies

I remember well the days that we went to school with whatever pens and pencils we found lying around, and had textbooks and workbooks provided to us. These days we are sent lists of equipment, Sefarim, everything down to the number of staples you are supposed to send. My kids school has asked that I send each kid with 15 pencils on the first day of school. FIFTEEN!! Wow, they will be working hard for the first day for sure. We have to send Kleenex as well.


So I have added up what I spend on back to school, without clothing, and it’s a small fortune. But that is on top of the registration, book fees, photocopying fees, get-u-any-which-way fees, tuition – is it not cheaper to keep our kids home and home school them? Does it really make a difference whether they have a pink hi-liter or a blue one? Does the homework folder really have to be blue? Why can’t it have a picture on it?


There is a commercial that plays here that sings about it being the most wonderful time of the year, this back to school madness. Maybe for the stores, because they are raking it in! Maybe we are all fools because we give in, we do this bulk purchasing for our kids every single year. We never stand up to the schools and tell them enough is enough.


I should just thank my lucky stars that I don’t have to invest in uniforms. They have a dress code, but it’s pretty fluid. Pants, with no cargo pockets, no jeans, shirts with no pictures. High school is white shirts and dark pants.


Sigh. Remember that back to school smell from when we were kids? Those back to school butterflies? Would you want to be a kid again, but in today’s world?

4 responses to “School supplies

  1. I’m not Jewish, but I homeschool and it’s definitely cheaper than the school I was planning on using. I only pay for books and dvd of the class I’m using.

  2. I hate school supply shopping. Even wrote a post about it. Actually, it was about what we did after we spent the dreadful hour in the store staring out our school’s tiny list of what the kids supposedly need.

    My daughter needs 1 red composition book, 1 black composition book, and 1 green composition book. Do you think I am going to shlep all around New Jersey in a minivan driving around to find the red and green one? She got a pretty polka-dotted one in addition to two black-and-white patterned ones.

    I can relate to all you write here! Except for the homeschooling. It works for some, but I would go insane.

  3. My mother works at a school, and they supply the kids with most of the basics, pens, pencils, pencil cases, folders, binders….the only thing the kids have to bring are a back pack and lunch box! ‘Course I’m not entirely thrilled with the whole thing, but that is probably becuase I’m one of the people that has to go and buy 80 of those things at a time! (While they’re all on sale of course.)

  4. 15 pencils! What do they do with them? Do they never use regular pens?

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