Recently, an elementary school principal in England sent her sixth-grade class a letter telling them how proud the school is of their achievements in their exams – and how many other things matter, too. The letter went viral around the world.
“The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you – the way your teachers do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way your families do,” Rachel Tomlinson wrote. “They do not know that many of you speak two languages. They do not know that you can play a musical instrument or that you can dance or paint a picture. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest day.”
Hear hear! As we continue our Back to School series, with elementary school essentials, we’re remembering the many essential things we learned back then. Not just reading and writing and ‘rithmetic, telling time and memorizing capitals, but learning to share, to respect people, to listen.
Hand in hand with these lessons are essential supplies to help make them happen. You need something to write on, and definitely something for your lunch.
So many subjects, so many sheets of paper – History, Geography, Science, Math, English, Computers, and maybe a bit of yoga? What better way to keep it all together than a bright set of binders with classic Julius looking swell in suspenders and plaid (and a bow tie!)?
For the notes that need to go on lined paper, you can stay organized and snazzy with a notebook covered in dinosaurs. Bonus: they’ll memorize the Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus and T-Rex in no time!
Whatever the school, though, the highlight will always be recess, and lunch. (Or is that just us?) How adorable is this Yellow Pattern Yubo lunchbox? Don’t you want to just eat it up? But still save room for the sandwich and snacks inside it?
Rachel Tomlinson is spot on – grades are only a part of the bigger picture. We need a whole toolkit to help us succeed, including love, fresh food, a stock of supplies, and did we mention recess?