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What was your kindergarten experience?

We have friends with a child who will start kindergarten in September and this brought back memories of my kindergarten experience.

 

I need to tell you that my experience occurred in 1952, which will be waaaay earlier than most of you, so consider the time in which it occurred.

 

What I remember about first day: when we had our first recess, most of the kids were gathered around the teacher - clinging onto her - and about half of them were crying.  Several kids and I were running around trying to think of games we could play.  I found another girl and we tried to play hopscotch without tors.  All that crying did not compute.  I could not wait to get away from my mother and start school!  All the crying kids wanted to home to their mommies.

 

The entire experience back then was b-o-r-i-n-g.  The kindergarten room was large and long.  It had a real playhouse in it.  Girls could play with girls in it, but were not allowed to play with boys in it and vice versa.  We painted on easels.  One day I started to paint a battle ship (we were just years away from WWII) and I was told by my teacher that I couldn't paint a battleship, because only boys did that.  What?  I recall being very angry with her. 

 

We didn't do any activity relative to learning.  Everything was play and activity.  I was so bored I started getting in trouble for talking too much.  My mother started to teach me at home: phonics, arithmetic, etc.  When 1st grade arrived, 4 of us were considered too advanced for 1st grade, so were placed over on the side in a row and were taught how to weave pot holders.  Can you imagine?

 

How was your experience?

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I went to kdgn in the late 50s. I loved everything about it except nap time. I especially liked finger painting at an easel, playing with the huge blocks and story time. I was never homesick or wanting to stay home sick.
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Re: What was your kindergarten experience?

We had 1/2 day kindergarten back in the 80s.  I remember our room was really long with desks on the left and a giant rug and piano on the other side.  My teacher was older - I think she retired a couple years later.  

 

I remember sitting in a circle on the rug and shaking the jar to make buttermilk.  

 

I remember watching Charlotte's Web and crying my eyes out -- and wondering why no one else was.  

 

I remember getting the choice of a peanut butter Ritz cracker or a box of raisins for a snack everyday.  I always chose the cracker.

 

I remember the monsters that our teacher used to teach us colors -- I remember Pink was in the sink (that's the only one I can think of).

 

I remember doing worksheets where we had to match the number to the picture.

 

That's about it.

 

 

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Well, first, the teacher made applesause and I got hives.   Then they noticed I limped a bit and I was diagnosed with LCPD and ended up in a wheelchair for the next 7 years.  

 

Kindergarten for me, was very short lived.

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I went to kindergarten in 1964. I never understood all the crying, I loved going to school, maybe because I spent a few years being jealous of my older sister getting to go.

 

I remember loving art, recess and snack time. I also remember my "nap rug" being a soft, fluffy bath towel, that my mother had sewn my name on, using rick rack.Heart

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Brand new school in 1958. The only thing I remembered are nap time, teacher took my musical teddy bear away, told I couldn't make spaghetti on my water painting ....... I came away with a negative from the beginning. Smiley Sad
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Our town didn't have kindergarten. But 1st grade was great. I kissed my first boy on the school bus.

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Back in the cave days we didn't have kindergarten. 😉   My son went in the early 70s and loved it.  His teachers were great.

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@NYwoman wrote:

Well, first, the teacher made applesause and I got hives.   Then they noticed I limped a bit and I was diagnosed with LCPD and ended up in a wheelchair for the next 7 years.  

 

Kindergarten for me, was very short lived.

 

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NY WOMAN,  I am sorry you had to go through that.  How are you now?  So much for such a little girl.


 

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Re: What was your kindergarten experience?

 

back when i went to kindergarten i remember liking it.  we did not do any academic work that i can remember but we did learn our colors -- but just the major ones not shades.  i of course already knew my colors and how to print.

i remember coloring a bluebird really good and i got to go down the slide which was in the room

 

except for chairs and table, i don't remember any other furniture in the room and no toys -- well we had a ball for games and such.

 

kindergarten was not required in those days and was only half a day.  one group got morning the first term and afternoon the second and the other class did the opposite.  we had two teachers and one took half the class into a smaller room for crafty things i guess.  in our room we each had long sheets of brown paper which we placed ont he floor and took a nap or at least were quiet.  we sort of envied the children in the small room who only had to put their heads down on the table.

 

that was quite a while ago, however , in fact in 1937 i think.