School Supply Lists????

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Registered: 09-14-2006
School Supply Lists????
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Mon, 08-25-2008 - 9:37am

I happened to see the elementary school lists for the schools here and I was seriously shocked.

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Registered: 07-22-2007
Mon, 08-25-2008 - 9:23pm

Natalie starts kindergarten on the 3rd and she's SUPER excited! Her list wasn't too bad...a box of 8 crayons, a box of 10 markers, three two pocket folders, a spiral notebook and 12 glue sticks. Oh...and she had to bring a box of kleenex. (Afternoon class had to bring baggies and all day brings pencils)

I guess I don't mind so much that the kids are all going to share these items. I know that budgets are tight and I don't mind pitching in. I just wish that our state government would earmark more funds for schools. But I'd much rather buy a list of items and have the teacher's salary be increased. They deserve so much more than they receive!

Just out of curiosity...what made you decide to home school? I admire those who make that choice because it's a big commitment. I just don't think I could do it. I'm not sure I have enough patience or that I have everything my child needs to get a well rounded education.

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Registered: 09-14-2006
Mon, 08-25-2008 - 10:13pm

Yay for Natalie starting kindergarten!

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Registered: 07-22-2007
Mon, 08-25-2008 - 10:37pm

WOW...that is a large class! The school Natalie is going to is a "neighborhood" school. KIND OF like a charter school in that they have slightly different curriculum and they don't have open enrollment, but it's a public state funded school. Enrollment is by lottery, so they can really control the class size. I believe classes are between 18 and 20 kids per class with one teacher and a floating aid. They have two all day classes (for which you have to pay $350 per month for!) and a morning and an afternoon class. I agree...I wasn't interested in the all day program. Of course if I worked full time, then it would make sense, but since I'm home, there's no need to spend that money and that way we can go on our adventures in the afternoons. (we spend a lot of time at the library and the two zoos we have in the area. I guess I do teach her a lot...but nothing structured.)

OH, and the teachers said that once the kids reach first grade they don't see much difference between the half day kinders and the all day kinders except that for the first few weeks, the half dayers are exhausted in the afternoons! I figure that since she went to preschool three days a week half days last year, she'll go five days a week half day this year and then next year, she'll go all day five days a week...that should work just fine for us.

I'm so excited for her! I remember my school years fondly and I just hope and pray that she has a positive experience like I did.

Kudos to you for your home schooling commitment and good luck in the coming year!

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Registered: 09-14-2006
Mon, 08-25-2008 - 11:47pm

Natalie's school sounds like a great learning environment.

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Registered: 07-22-2007
Fri, 08-29-2008 - 7:29am

Well, it's even better than I had thought!

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Registered: 09-14-2006
Fri, 08-29-2008 - 11:23am

Yay for eleven in her class and I am so happy to hear she loves her new teacher.

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Registered: 12-13-2006
Sat, 08-30-2008 - 10:48pm

Here the lists get pretty long too, I just read about it in the paper. Like dry erase markers, adult scissors, kleenex, paper towels, copy paper, dixie cups, sharpies, post its, etc.... and brand specific too! Like roseart markers getting sent home because they aren't "crayola".

Theoretically I wouldn't mind pitching in a little bit but think since the MN public schools get well over $15,000 tax dollars (think its closer to $19,000) per child, that maybe there needs to be a budget evaluation instead of asking parents to 'pay' more.

But then I homeschool too, and pay probably around $600/year to do it all. We chose that route because we live in an inner city atmosphere and the schools have really bad statistics academically and socially.

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Registered: 09-14-2006
Sun, 08-31-2008 - 9:32am

I agree the brand specific shocked me too.

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