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To begin with, a lot of products have gone into extinction, they are lost. Memories about them lingers though. I often think of what evidence there is to show my children how we have managed the situations of life during our growing up days. The more reason I am grateful for this topic.

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The lost product

Has there been a product you simply loved, a favourite, but can no longer get it? Tell us what it was, why you liked it, and how you feel about losing it. Also, explain how you've worked around the loss.

During our time, the official school age was six. That is, a child must be six years old before he/she would be enrolled in primary school. Having met up with the requirement, you are not required to use books but slate.
Every newly enrolled child must come to school with their slate everyday. Before my enrolment, I envied school children with their slates walking through the road path in front of our house to their schools.

What Is A Slate

A slate is a wooden board that every elementary student must be provided with to learn the alphabet and figures. The alphabet and figures are written on one part of the board while the other side is plain.
Looking back in time, I remember how I Scribbled on my slate with white and coloured chalks. What a beautiful scene to behold.

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In recent times, the slate is no longer seen in the market nor is it any part of the requirements for school children to enrol in school. The school-age has also changed. Children from the age of two are enrolled in early school.
Children of this age are not aware of this development and the transformation that has led to comfortable classroom arrangements. Electronic smart boards have replaced slates.

My slate was my most cherished school property. I would never leave home without my slate. It was my best friend. I would have loved to keep it in a gallery for historical reasons. But I can't tell how it got lost.

Two years ago, when I visited our old house in the village where I started elementary school, I asked my mother about my slate, she merely laughed over it. For her, time and tide have covered the relevance of such products.

It Got Lost But I Found A Way Around It

Well, there are more writing materials through advancement. The use of a personal computer would do more than what a slate would do and as such, that is the latest product that I have resulted to use.

You know, as time went on and the changes breezed in, we changed from slates to exercise books and pencils, then to notebooks and pens. I still loved slate. My attachment to it is second to none.
In one of my English language class sessions, we were working on speech and sounds, no board or books were used, what we concentrated on was on a recorder. It worked and the need for a slate soon began to fade away.



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Oh this one is a great one Ishmael. Slates were cool and so were blackboards at school. I remember the teachers would throw chalk at us to stop talking, and then the blackboard cleaners if we carried on talking!

Haha I got hit a fair few times.
Thanks for sharing your lost product and have a great weekend:)

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Ahahahah. Slates are gone now and are replaced with ipads. Those days will never come again.

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