Originally Posted by BrandiRhoades
I do have a problem with dumping things like notebooks into a communal pot. My thought is that when we get there, we'll just buy a basic set for the communal pot, and I'll insist my children get the notebooks/folders/etc. that they chose. I actually have a hard time buying that the teacher could refuse that. The policy exists only to keep children who don't bring anything from feeling badly about it, though I doubt it works all that well.
Our supply list is very exact. Two red folders with pockets and brads, one blue folder with pockets but no brads, one each of four specific colors of polyplastic folders, one 70 page green spiral bound notebook, etc etc etc.
The reason for this is they use each item for a specific purpose. In Kinder, the red polyplastic folder is their discipline folder, the blue polyplastic folder is their daily take home folder, the yellow folder with pockets and brads is their reading folder, etc.
Nowhere is there any room for Spiderman folders or anything of the sort, so the communal pot concept isn't a big deal at all because the items are all truly the same.
Even if they weren't, I wouldn't go in insisting my child get their own special Hello Kitty folder. We wouldn't TAKE a Hello Kitty folder to start with. End of problem. Buy something special like that to have for home, but the idea of going in on the first day insisting my child get special treatment over school supplies...not worth it.