Eva is curious. Muriel called me before daybreak out of concern. Kaimacat's are provided by the school. Jan's teachers don't like Winnie the Pooh or Hello Kitty. What on earth is up with the pencils?
Here in Japan school starts afresh in April. A lot of my friends and readers have kids transitioning into new schools. We are going from kindergarten K3 to elementary Grade 1 in our family. This means lists and lists of stationery and other requirements. One of the things on the list is pencils .
When I was a kid I think we used the plain old HB pencil. If someone went on a trip to Hawaii and brought you back an aloha pencil that was the best! Dad traveled on business and brought home a "Quality Inn" pencil, wow, you were popular!
As far as I can tell writing is a fine art here and great penmanship is a desirable attribute. Thus the birth of a massive stationery industry. The range pencils and pens available is astounding and glorious. The colors - it is truly like a candy store.
Our school stationery list says 6B pencils. To prove how seriously this is taken I just asked my husband about them. He didn't even need to think, he replied instantly that 6B pencils are dark and soft. Perfect for the new to writing? I guess that's what they think.
So there you have it. I got four 6B pencils. I've painstakingly labeled them with Biggie's full name with 6mm label tape. I will have to do this for every marker, eraser and crayon that he has to take to school (there's no sharing, all personal belongings). I have stocked up on the label tape in preparation.
We live in a constant state of culture shock. LOL