Woohoo! The first day of kindergarten is finally here (Thursday). I took RB40Jr in for an assessment on Tuesday and he did very well. The teacher kept me busy by having a bunch of forms to fill out. She sat with Junior and they had a good 20 minute conversation. She asked about letters, numbers, and all sorts of stuff. I was very impressed that he was able carry on a conversation with an adult for 20 minutes. When we’re around, he only lasts a few minutes. I guess the teachers are the experts on talking with children. Junior has come a long way since he got kicked out of his first preschool because he was crying too much. Time flies when you have a kid.
We also got the supply list, check it out. Is it just me or is this list very extensive?
Kindergarten Supply List
- 2 Pink Pearl erasers
- 3 boxes 12 count Crayola colored pencils
- 2 boxes 24 count Crayola crayons
- 2 tablets watercolor paper
- 3 2-pocket folders pocket on bottom
- 8 large Elmer’s glue sticks
- 1 boxes 8 count Crayola thick—tipped markers
- 1 box beginner Ticonderoga #2 pencils
- 1 pair of scissors, blunt nose, metal banded (Fiskars)
- 1 set 8 color Crayola watercolors
- 1 set oil pastels
- 1 set of dry erase markers
- 2 ream of white copy paper
- 1 container hand wipes
- 1 package of PlayDough
- 1 box gallon size Ziploc bags
- 5 boxes baby wipes
- 2 boxes Kleenex
- 1 full sized backpack (must fit coat, large book, folders, etc.)
We went to Walmart and picked up about half of the listed items. I’m surprised that Walmart didn’t have a lot of the items on this list. They have off brand stuff and this list is very specific. The class will pool everything so I guess they want some uniformity. I’ll have to go to Office Depot this weekend and get the rest. Everything on this list will probably cost around $200*. That’s not cheap, but it is a bargain compared to paying for preschool or daycare.
- Actually, it’s closer to $100. I over estimate the cost the first time.
The school bus schedule is out and the bus will stop in front of our building at 7:12 am. That’s super early! We could leave 30 minutes later if I drive him. It only takes about 10 minutes to get to school. The bus will be taking a scenic route to pick up other kids.
I’m not sure if Jr can get ready that early, but we will try. Preschool started at 9 am so this is a big change. A few kids from our building are taking the school bus so at least he will have some friends on the bus. I’ll drop him off on the first day of school, though. I need to bring some of these supplies to class.
I’m a little sick
I have been sneezing all day since Tuesday. It feels like bad seasonal allergy, but the pollen count is very low. I have no idea why I’m sneezing like this. Maybe it’s an early cold. That’s why I’m taking it easy with blogging today and keeping it light.
Have you seen these Sriracha ketchup at the grocery store?
I know I’m cheap, but my first reaction was – this is expensive! Two bottles of 14 oz. Sriracha ketchup for $5? I could buy a 28 oz. bottle of Sriracha sauce and 24 oz. ketchup for about the same price. It’s much cheaper per ounce and you can blend it up any way you like. I guess you pay for the convenience of not having to squeeze 2 bottles. Or perhaps you can’t buy Sriracha sauce in some locations?
Did you know that Sriracha is a city in Thailand? My grandparents lived near there for many years. The Sriracha sauce is used widely in Thailand and I’ve had it since I was a kid. Personally, I like the Thai version better. The Thai version is tangier, less spicy, and less salty. Try it if you see it in an Asian grocery store.
The Sriracha sauce is made famous in the US by Huy Fong Foods Inc. David Tran, the founder, was a Vietnamese refugee who developed his own recipes with local ingredients. He started off selling his hot sauces to restaurants in the LA Chinatown and the company grew organically from there. Now, the company is worth more than $60 million and sells over 20 million bottles of hot sauce every year. The factory is in Southern California and you can even take a tour. That’s inspiring stuff. You can buy Sriracha sauce on amazon for around $3 if you’re an Amazon Primes member.
I need Pho
Anyway, I’m planning to take a long nap after I drop Junior off at school. Maybe I’ll head to a Vietnamese restaurant and have a big bowl of Pho noodle soup with extra Sriracha sauce for lunch. That’ll put me on the road to recovery.
Are your kids back at school? If you don’t have kids, are you surprised by the extensive kindergarten supply list?
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