Posts

Preparation Back to School

Prep for school. The Oma Way.

Preparation Back to School!

School is just around the corner—time for parents to do their homework early. After all taking the necessary steps for preparation Back to School is the key to a successful, stress-free start of the year. Along with the typical supplies you can find on your kid’s school website, here are some tried and true German products, materials, and customs that continue to make the grade for students of all ages.

(Oma’s recommendations in red. Plus, links to Amazon for German-school supplies.)

Elementary-School Supplies:

1 – Backpack (Herlitz)

1 – Lunch box

1 – Water bottle

1 – Small purse or wallet for lunch money

1 – Weekly calendar with magnets for school schedule

1 – Fun locker or cubby accessory

6-8 – Book covers

12 – # 2 Pencils

24 – Crayons (Crayola)

2 – Glue sticks (“Uhu”)

1 – Box of tissues

1 – Pink eraser

8 – Broad-tip markers

1 – Pair of kids scissors (Fiskar)

1 – Pencil Case (Herlitz)

1 – Wide-ruled, spiral-bound notebook

3 – Pocket folders

12 – Pencil crayons (Twistable Crayons by Crayola)

L1030656

Extra Credit:

Make the first day of elementary school extra special with a “Zuckertuete.” Find out what this fun, German, cone-shaped tradition is all about.

Middle-School Supplies:

 1 – Backpack (Kipling)

1 – Lunch Box

1 – Water bottle

1 – Purse or wallet

1 – Stylized locker accessory

1 – Bag for PE clothes

3 – Clothes hangers

6-8 Book covers or you make your own (Look at Instruction)

12 – #2 pencils

2 – Mechanical pencils

2 – Glue sticks (Uhu)

1 – Bottle of white glue (Uhu)

1 – Pkg. washable felt markers

1 – Pair of scissors

1 – Pencil case (Herlitz)

6 – Pocket folders

2 – Pkg. lined notebook paper

1 – Pkg. plain copy paper

4 – Lined composition notebooks

2 – Blue pens

2 – Red pens

1 – Ruler

1 – Pkg. Map Colors

2 – 1” Binders

1 – Pkg. of subject dividers

1 – Scientific calculator

1 – Pocket dictionary

1 – Pencil sharpener

3 – Highlighter pens

1 – set of post it taps 1” and 0.5”

1 – Set of watercolors (Pelican)

High-School Supplies:

1 – Backpack (Kipling)

1 – Lunch Box

1 – Water bottle

1 – Purse or wallet

1 – Locker accessories picked by individual needs

3 – Clothes hangers

1 – Bag for PE clothes

6-8 Book covers 

12 – #2 Pencils

2 – Mechanical pencils

2 – Glue Sticks (Uhu)

1 – Bottle of White Glue (Uhu)

1 – Pink eraser

1 – White eraser

1 – Pair scissors

1 – Pencil case (Herlitz)

10 – Pocket folders

2 – Pkg. lined paper

1 – Pkg. plain paper

10 – Blue pens

3 – Red pens

1 – Ruler

1 – Pkg. pencil crayons (Twistable Crayons by Crayola)

2 – 1” Binders

8 – Subject dividers

1 – Scientific calculator

1 – Geometry set (Staedtler) also available at arts & craft stores

1 – Pocket dictionary

1 – Thesaurus

1 – Pencil sharpener

3 – Highlighter pens

1 – Agenda book/Student planner

1 – Staple remover

1 – set of post it taps 1” and 0.5”

1 – Set of watercolors (Pelican)

If you follow the tips of preparation Back to School, you might enjoy with your children the First Day of School.

 

First Day of School in Germany. Traditions. School Cone

The First Day of School in Germany is always picture perfect. See what makes the Einschulung so sweet and memorable.

First Day of School – Starting Primary School!

In my day, the beginning of the school year started in spring and not after the summer break. The first day of school or Einschulung, as we say in Germany is a very festive event and celebrated with traditions.

My godmother gave the new backpack called Ranzen to me, and my mother made sure that the traditional school cone was finished and filled with chocolate and goodies. 

Dressed in my best cloth I was prepared to attend the ceremony at the school. After the introduction to my new teacher, we walked to our classroom to receive our schedule followed by taking a group picture. We proudly held our school pretzels for the girls decorated with pink ribbons and for the boys with blue ribbons. (See picture above).

The first day of school ended with a celebration at home sharing the pretzel with family and friends. 

First Day of School in the fifties and sixties in Germany.

  First day of school Germany

I was very proud on my first day of school and felt very special. I thought every school year would begin this way. But to my surprise, the following year, there was no pretzel and no school cone. I realized that this was a one-time event. No wonder that Einschulung day is still so vivid in my mind.

Safety First

Most of the children in Germany are still walking to school. The children wear a bright yellow/orange cap to protect them in traffic and to make them easier seen by passing drivers.

First day of school Germany

I wish every newcomer to school life a great start and hope their first day of school is as exciting as mine was.

Yours, Oma

(Click titles or photos to go to featured post.)

 

School Pretzel

_DSC6533

School cone

IMG_4274

Invitation for download

IMG_4349