Wrapping School Books

My girl has received her text books and activity books for next year.

We sat down together to wrap them. “Can I try to wrap them myself mummy?”

The normally impatient mummy said ok. So she happily tugged at the plastic and pulled at the tapes. She did a reasonable job. She wasted some tape and when hers did not look as good as the ones mummy wrapped she scolded herself.

“Oh, you ah…..you are not good at this. You are wasting so much tape. Why mummy never scold me for wasting so much tape?”

I told her that she was a good girl to try to wrap them herself, wasting some tape was just part of the learning process and practise makes perfect.

“I did it!” She was very happy at her own little achievement of wrapping the books. I could see the self satisfaction that she derived from this small activity.

I must remember to let her do more of her own things without taking over the task. Quite often in my impatience, I either brush the kids aside telling them that I will do it or I rush them etc. From the way she scolded herself for not doing a good job and asking me why I did not scold her for wasting tape, I can see that I need to improve in this area.

Wrapping the books bring back memories of the time when I had to wrap my own school books. Those days, we used to wrap our books using the backs of wall calanders ie we’d turn them over so that the white part of the paper shows. Using calander paper was good because it was thick and glossy paper. Now, the kids have ready made plastic wrapper which you just slip over the books… however quite often they don’t fit exactly. Thats why we had to adjust them with tape.

I also remember the thrill of receiving new books and putting them all in my school bag which really looked like a suitcase. I still remember it was a red and black checked suitcase bag which when flipped open had a few compartments at the top. 🙂 I don’t think they have suitcase type of school bags anymore. Now all the children carry bagpacks or trolley bags.


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11 thoughts on “Wrapping School Books

  1. that’s a great activity together. You are right, we need to let the kids do some activities themselves, else we might rob them of their independence and proactiveness in them 😀

    I am often very guilty of taking over tasks.

  2. Wow so fast started wrapping, I only got the books today.

    Haha. Yes, wanted to get it out of the way. We ran out of wrapper though so I recycled some from this year’s books.

  3. i intend to wrap my son’s book too. but i dont know when i shd buy it. he is going to std 1 next yr. shd i buy it before the orientation starts or after?

    Wen, the school gave us a book list during orientation and collected payment then. As for the text books, some are free. So its best you wait till the orientation to find out.

  4. I always use the old style of plastic wrapping for books. I bought a roll and keep it at hiome ready to use. Ready to used ones would made kids doesn’t appreciate a process.

    I bought the rolls this year but its too much effort for the great number of books they have! Besides, the slip on ones can be easily recycled.

  5. your memories revived mine!
    I love to wrap books…
    I love to wrap them because I USED to love hearing praises from my friends, saying that I could wrap them up so nicely and neatly WITHOUT a single piece of tape.
    Then ended up, I’ve got to wrap my friends’ books…
    *laugh*

    Haha. My husband is very good at this type of praise you know. “You are better at this than me, or you are so good at this, can you do it please?” Hmmm…….

  6. incidentally, I was wrapping Kelly’s books last night, and she offered to help, so I let her try wrapping one. Well, what can I say? I am an anally neat freak. In the end, I did it all by myself, including the one that she had wrapped (which I re-wrapped!) Sigh.

    Actually, I secretly rewrapped some of them. Hehe.

  7. I tried letting Des wrapped her books too but too ‘ugly’ to pass thru my eyes.

    How come my girl hasn’t got her books from loan yet? She only got back the ones dat has to be paid for.

    My girl got the ones that were paid for first. (17 copies). We just got the ones on loan (7 copies). Maybe more to come.

  8. red/black chequered suitcase school bag..

    hoho…. bygone era, and uhm… age revealing 🙂

    Did you have one of those too? 😉

  9. hehe.. no. we couldn’t afford them posh (and private) tartan suitcases. I got the open woven (rectangular) wicker baskets where all the contents can be seen!

    Wicker is nice. I don’t mind owning one now. Hahaha.

  10. I remembered I hate the job of wrapping text books. I was using the text books from school so it is compulsory for us to take good care of it. I have no choice but to obey the rules.

    Anyway, it is a good thing that your girl wish to help mommy in the wrapping book task. In future, she could take over the job from mommy.

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