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   Posted 6/3/2009 11:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Remember back in school...grade school, elementary school or what some call primary school??? For some of us that was in the last decade, century or nearly the last millenium! That was a time when we were about 6 years old to maybe 11 or 12. A time when you still rode in the back seat, didn't care that much if your socks matched your outfit but did worry if that special 'boy' or 'girl' noticed you. smhair

If you can remember that far back, what was your favorite thing to do on recess? idea Did you play ball, go on the swings and slide or visit with your friends? Or were you one of those who didn't like recess? Yep, those type existed. Maybe your favorite thing was to tell secrets about who 'liked' What did YOU like to do at recess?

For me I don't remember too much about recess except the swings. I used to like them until I got smacked in the head by someone who was on a swing. I caught her shoes on my right temple. That was no fun. I also remember baseball and one boy was always left out and made me sad. He was what we called 'slow' back then but Johnny (that was his real was a happy kid and didn't understand the others were teasing him. It made me mad. One day he was playing catcher and the kid at bat swung and caught Johnny in the head and knocked him cold. He survived but is sure didn't help his mental functions any. Mostly I just visited with some friends or the teachers on duty. My dad was a teacher and I could see his classroom and shop building from the playground. I wanted to go be with dad and mess around the Silly me! So now you know my take on recess...what did YOU like to do at recess when you were in elementary school?

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   Posted 6/3/2009 11:51 PM (GMT -6)   
We always played two square or 4 square at recess, and marbles was also allot of fun, and kick ball it was kind of like base ball in that you ran around the bases, but the pitcher rolled a big air filled rubber ball at you and you had to kick it, of course if someone caught it in the air you were out! Tether ball was another popular recess game!

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   Posted 6/4/2009 6:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I went to elementary school at a 2 room school house; 1-4 grade in one room, 5-8 grade in another. Total enrollment was never over 36 in the history of the school, so there weren't many kids of any one age range at 'recess' at any one time.

My favorite thing was running around the school yard. Didn't require anyone else's participation so I could start and stop quickly. That, and marbles. I was frequently recess marbles' champion - until lunch time, when we were together with the older kids.

Best thing going was when the kids played the dads in baseball. That was about the only time we had enough to make a whole team. (Otherwise, part of the strategy for winning was which positions to fill for each player coming to bat with the available kids.)
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   Posted 6/4/2009 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I can't even remember what I did until 5th grade.  I was in Mr. Rigg's class.  I had just transferred to the school from across town.  In Mr. Riggs class, there was only one thing we did for PE - BASEBALL.  Mr. Riggs was a former minor league player.  We loved having him hit it over the fence once in a while.  He only did it once in a while because he really did hit it over the fence.
So, we played baseball every recess.  Every chance we got!!!   I was in love!!!  I have loved baseball ever since.  I used to love to play it.  I loved it one my son played little league and I love baseball on TV.  I love live baseball and go to college ball when I can.  I LOVE BASEBALL!!!!  (wow.......ok.......sorry, I will put myself back together now)
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   Posted 6/4/2009 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I was a loner and the swings were my only fun in elementary school....I had bad teachers that always held me back
until I forged my mom's signature to get into mythology a higher level english class and it was this teacher that questioned
why I was held back when I could read a book like The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien and understand it enough to give a report on it,
this was the only teacher to ever stand up for me.....too bad it happened in my Senior High School year!
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   Posted 6/4/2009 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I was into softball in the fifth grade. Mr Maugher was the PE teacher and I always thought he was so funny. Everytime I hit the ball and would begin to run he would yell, "Go Twinkle Toes!!" and I would start laughing so hard, I almost wouldn't make it to first base in time. Ah, those were the days. Carefree and painfree.

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   Posted 6/4/2009 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok Tony your post brought back memories. I also went to school in a two room school house. We always rang the bell in the mornings. We also had a game called Kick the Can and another one we played with Sticks. Opposing sides in a big field and you had to steal the others sides sticks at the back of their territory. (Like a goal) Then we used to go out at first recess and take black spray paint and spray the morning cobwebs with dew still on them. Then we would take these large peices of white poster board and move it into the web. It was so cool.

No I am NOT 80 yrs old I am 39 I just grew up in a really really small community in Washington state.

Oh ya we used to go clam digging on field trips and also whenever there was a bigfoot sighting our principle was a hunter/scientist (thats why he moved to this small town) we all would load into the school van and we had to carry his eqt out and get samples...LOL I'm really not joking it was so hysterical. My crazy dad was bestfriends with the principle, we used to go to his house to eat.

I forgot we used to paint ceramics and had a kiln in the school to fire up.....

What strange memories I have. Got a ton more like when my crazy dad moved us onto 100 acres and set up an army tent and we had not power only an outhouse.

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