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Chutz
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   Posted 9/6/2011 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Since most schools have started by now I think it's an interesting topic for today. Do you have any good/fun/fond memories of elementary school? What is the oldest memory and what was it? Did you go to a "regular elementary school"? Home schooled? A very tiny or large school?

Basically what are some of your first memories of school?

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   Posted 9/6/2011 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Never went to any kind of preschool, so my first experience was when I entered kindergarten. To this day I remember the layout of the school as well as the layout of my kindergarten classroom even though I have not been in that school since my family moved at the end of my 1st grade year.

Probably my most vivid memory of kindergarten was an art project where we were suppose to paint a tree. I was not, nor have I ever been very good at drawing or painting pictures and my tree was almost more a triangle glob of paint with a brown line for a trunk than anything even remotely resembling a real tree. When I was done I was mildly criticized since it really did look like I had not tried very hard but after I told the teacher that was my tree how I wanted to paint it I ended up with a gold star and the picture was included in next parent's night at the school.

Academically I really excelled and when I was in first grade the teachers suggested I be moved up to 2nd grade right away since shortly after entering 1st I was reading at a 4th grade level and doing 2nd grade math with ease but because I was already one of the youngest in my class my parents nixed that idea. By the time we moved at the end of 1st grade I was reading at 7th grade levels and doing 4th grade math.

The next school I went to didn't bother to do any kind of placement tests saying that I would be moved into the advanced groups if I demonstrated the ability. Looking back I think they didn't think a kid from the Chicago area schools could be all that advanced. As a result of being put in with the regular kids in 2nd grade I became very bored very fast and couldn't see any point in doing the same work I had already done and mastered. My grades from then on were average at best and i was bored out of my mind in every subject until hitting 5th grade but by then I had become mentally lazy and didn't really try anymore.
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Chutz
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   Posted 9/6/2011 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jim~

I'm not sure if you went to school in a similar decade to me but I do remember that kids were not necessarily applauded for doing anything 'different' especially where more abstract things were concerned. I happened to love the sciences and math so got on wonderfully but if you didn't then you were socially put at a different 'level' than others.

I too can remember my kindergarten classroom, and Mrs. Nelson the teacher. At first I thought she was find and dandy until we had a crisis. There was an event going on after school and my best friend and I had been chosen to go with school chaperones to a local TV station for some big deal. Well, I was pretty shy and uncertain of myself when I was just 5.

When all of the other students headed home and my friend and I stayed behind I panicked. I didn't understand what was going on and why I was staying after. Mrs. Nelson had the patience of a flea. I started crying and she started yelling at me so I headed out the door and started for home. It was about a 30 minute walk that we made every day to and from school... (ya, it was up hill both ways...lol) When I got to the top of the hill above out house I could see my mother's car pulling out of the driveway and leaving. I was at least a 1/2 mile away and began running and yelling for mom but there's no way she could hear me. That was in an era when we didn't lock doors and had no reason to. It was a small town and we knew everyone...too bad one of them didn't hear me. I got home and was alone until mother returned, too terrified to move. I'm not sure what all happened next but I do remember mother making a few phone calls and she was furious with the teacher. I think Dad was called since he was a teacher in the district (at the high school) and no one could find me. Duh! How about checking out my home...sheesh...lol Might not be a great memory but at least it was memorable?

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Jim1969
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   Posted 9/6/2011 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I started my academic "career" in 74 and graduated high school in 87. I was 2-2 1/2 months shy of being 5 when I entered kindergarten and 17 when I got my diploma.

My youngest son just entered kindergarten this year. So far he seems to have a really good teacher and he is doing extremely well. The only problem I have with him going to school is getting him to wait until it is time to leave. I had this same problem last year too when he was in preschool.

I just added it up. 38 years between when I was in K and my youngest is in K.

Now I really am feeling old. rolleyes smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 9/6/2011 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
We had a substitute teacher one day when I was in 2nd grade. She was standing in front of the class leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance with her hand over her heart when she said "excuse me", hunched over, then fell onto the floor and didn't move. Some kids ran out of the room screaming, another teacher came in and took us all out. No one ever talked to us about it or told us what happened. Being about 7, we decided the Pledge knocked her down because she had done something wrong.

I have never felt comfortable saying the Pledge since then. As a grown up, I know the the Pledge didn't hurt her but those childhood memories can be tough to shake.

When I was about 18, I found out she had actually died right there in the classroom.

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   Posted 9/7/2011 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   
 
      I very clearly remember "Kindergarten".....and Nap time with our own personal rugs we brought for it. The daily highlight though was the milk time refreshment....and I was very careful to fold back the carton flaps, so that I had a good pointed opening on the carton.
 
       The "Red' marking pencils amazed me, and I worked my rear off to wear down the marking end of it, so that I could pull the string to expose more of the writting point.
 
      In 1st grade, a school bully hit my hand and broke my thumb in two places, shakehead ...and back then they used plaster cast of which I wore proudly....and the Principle even signed it for me. It was so cool, and I got lots of attention for it....however I wasn't offering anymore bones to be broken just to impress the kids.
 
       Good topic Chutz! Thanks!
 
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   Posted 9/7/2011 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
School was a nightmare for me, personally.

I went to different schools for K, 1st grade, 2-5 grades, 6 grade, 7-8 grade, 9 grade, 10-11 grade and 12 grade. Yep, EIGHT different schools. K/1 we lived in the same house. My parents made the decision to put me in private school in 1st grade. It sucked. So we moved and lived in the same house for grades 2-8. 6 was another private school which was nicer, but still inadequate. 7-8 was jr high school. 9th was still jr high, but we moved and stayed at that home through my graduation. My move for my senior year was of my own doing because I wanted to graduate with all of my friends from 7/8 grade due to absolutely hating life with my 9th grade classmates.

Sure, I made friends, I had a good time, I even stayed in the same city from 2nd grade on, but it was hard having to switch schools so much and never really feeling like I 'belonged' at any one school.
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   Posted 9/7/2011 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know about my first memory of school, but one of my most vivid memories of school was kidnapping (bearnapping?) a teacher's teddy bear mascot on a school camping trip. A friend and I decided that the group needed a bit of light entertainment so we removed Snowy from Greg's tent and spent the entire trip sending clever ransom notes. He never did work out it was us *giggle*

The other - we had a very strange substitute maths teacher for a term in Year 11 (second last year of school). My school was very laid back - left-wing, no uniform, which is unusual here in Australia, teachers known mostly by first names or nicknames, quite informal. This sub-teacher was the complete opposite - wore a suit and tie, carried a briefcase, and was also a very vocal, right-wing Born Again Christian. Needless to say, he *didn't* fit in very well at all. One afternoon, we had a bit of a rebellion, decided we weren't interested in doing work, and he tried to bribe us with snake jellies. Now... using sweeties might work on 6 year olds, but not on 16 year olds... I refused, saying I didn't eat them because I'm vegetarian (true). He asked how I could live with myself knowing that I insulted God on a daily basis by refusing to eat the animals put on this earth for me to eat. I don't believe in God, so told him so, and that it didn't bother me in the slightest. He laughed - very nasty laugh - gave a nasty little smirk, and told me that I was an idiot for not believing, but it didn't matter because I'd go to hell in the end anyway. What the... *blink*
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   Posted 9/8/2011 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
What is the oldest memory and what was it?
My oldest memory was actually kind of sad and scary. I was at my new school for first grade and school had just gotten out. I couldn't find my mom and started freaking out and crying. A teacher found me and comforted me, but it was still obviously traumatic enough for me to remember.

Another crying memory was when there was thunder and lightning outside and I was huddled behind giant bookcases cowering at the windowsill and sobbing. I still have much respect for thunder/lightning.

YET ANOTHER crying story is when some of my friends went to try the "Bloody Mary, I killed your daughter" or whatever game that was in the bathroom, and I actually thought they were all going to get killed by Bloody Mary. lol

Did you go to a "regular elementary school"? Home schooled? A very tiny or large school?
I went to a regular elementary school. It was in kind of a ritzy neighborhood, so when I first saw it in person, I thought it looked like a shopping mall. I'd say it was a large school, but then again, I was little. 400 students? I don't remember. High school had 1600-ish.

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   Posted 9/8/2011 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I grew up in Colorado and just before my 4th grade year, we moved to a really nice suburban neighborhood. 4th grade was pretty uneventful...loved my Teacher! It was her first year teaching and she was so nice and fun! about two weeks before school started you got to go up to the school and see who your teacher was and check your class list. My mom took me up to the school to check this for my 5th grade year......and I was devastated! There were 2 teachers for the 5th grade. One was a tiny older lady and the other was Mr. Reveille!!! He was six foot four, very thin, slightly balding, thick glasses and SCARY!!! It was also the first male teacher I had ever had!! To top it off, most of the new friends I had made in 4th grade were in the other class! I spent the next 2 weeks dreading school starting, and I had always loved school before that! The night before school started I cried and said I was not going and I begged my mom to make them put me in the other glass! I am pretty sure it was just to calm me down.....but she told me that she would have me moved to the other class if there were problems with my teacher, but I had to go for at least a week! I was actually shaking when I walked into my classroom that first day and because my maiden name is Baxter....my assigned desk was in the first row and right in front of the teachers desk! I took my seat and fought back the tears!! cry

Well, I survived my first day....and by the end of the week, I decided that I wouldn't change classes right away...but still wanted the option! By the end of the first month....I adored Mr. Reveille!! He is my All-Time favorite teacher! I got straight A's in his class, was the teachers pet and became his student assistant the next year. during my study hall! When I left elementary school for the 7th grade I cried when I told him goodbye!! I stopped by and visited him several times during the rest of my years in school!!

This is a great topic, because I have not thought of him in Years!!! I am smiling from ear to ear!
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