I’m not sure if images of me on the first day of school exist or not. That may or may not have been a “thing” then, but I don’t recall.
So, I did look and find a picture of me around the time I would have started kindergarten. I started to crop the picture, but I think the Etch-a-Sketch and homemade doll clothes really explain the era.
Letter people were a big deal when I was in kindergarten. I loved the blow up letter people. I still remember them. I still remember several of the letters: T-Tall Teeth was really a favorite.
There were bathrooms and water fountains in our rooms. Our class got a new teacher after the year had already started. I’m not sure if there were too many of us or if we were just that AWESOME that the school district needed to add an additional teacher to pour into us.
I remember people that I was friends with in kindergarten and how drastically that changed in just a few short years. I remember walking to school because we lived close enough.
Funny thing that I can’t remember for sure if it was half-day or whole-day kindergarten. I think half, but I really can’t remember. I can’t remember the name of my kindergarten teacher or if I got switched into the new kindergarten class mid-year. I don’t remember crying, but I do remember the awkward, uncomfortable feeling at being left there. I’ve never outgrown that.
I do know I started kindergarten before I turned five and was one of the youngest people in my class. I wasn’t THE youngest, but one of the youngest. I can’t imagine having to be in school another year, so I’m glad the law wasn’t five before August 1st like it is now.
So, what about you? Show me your kindergarten picture!