Friday, 2 September 2005
The first day of school for German children is a very exciting day. Many years ago, children from wealthy families were given a schultueten ( a cardboard tube) full of things they would need for school. Rulers, pencils, crayons, paper, stickers and some lollies. Now, all children recieve them, they have a small party at school, and the child recieves their schultueten from their parents.
At the International school the boys attend, they have their schultueten party at the beginning of Year 1. (29th August 2005). Alexander was put out that he had missed out last year as we didn't get here until January. So I made the boys one each. Of course, we needed to have their favourite animals, and the boys favourite colours. I think it is a really lovely German tradition, and glad we have this photo to remember it.