First up, the handy dandy astuccio.
Essentially it's a cross between a pencil case and cigar box, combined in a convenient three-zippered case. It features "a place for everything and everything in its place." At 27 Euro, this astuccio does not come cheaply. I wonder if she'll be able to use it next year with a simple replenishment of supplies. Likely not. Didn't you want a new pencil case each August?
I see the simple genius in the astuccio. Don't you? No place for good ole Crayola crayons in the astuccio; no problem -- they are not on the supply list.
Neither pocket folders nor composition books are on the list either. Young One needs eleven notebooks, both quadernoni a quadri and quadernoni a righe di class 1. Each notebook also has a flexible, semi-transparent, to-be-purchased-separately, color-specific jacket to protect it from the wear and tear a first grader can inflict upon it.
I've no idea of the reason for the difference in the types of paper in the notebooks. I'm certain that it's one of those things that we'll learn, quickly, as soon as the school year sets in motion.
She has construction paper (a pack with a measley 10 pieces?), sketch paper, a large ruler, two types of folders (but not pocket folders), a ream of paper, and few other incidentals packed into her backpack ready for tomorrow's venture into the unknown. There's a separate bag for the gym clothes with a new pair of velcro closure tennies because I've yet to teach her to tie her laces and doubt the gym teacher will be interested in doing so.
She'll also receive another Italian school essential: il diario (agenda, date book, planner) from her teacher in the first few days of school.
And then there's the grembiule . . .
The smocks are a tradition of the past that is still maintained in some schools, and while it is more common for the preschool set, all primary school students at Young One's new school are required to wear them. I ordered three custom-made 100% cotton ones for her in June on the strong suggestion of a friend . . . because "only polyester ones can be found about town and we can't have these kids in synthetic fabrics, can we?" (But that's an entirely different post for another day!) Honestly though, I much prefer the classic look of the ones I went all the way to Bassano to order over the others like this or this.
Tomorrow is the big day.
Anxiety is not high, yet.
Wish us luck.