Kindergarten? They didn't have "Kindergarten" at my school! So Here's My Story of First Grade!

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Mortgage and Lending with Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender NMLS 69996

 

In 1959, there was no Kindergarten class available at the the small rural school I attended! This is actually a picture of me a little younger than Kindergarten age. My first year of school was First Grade.


We bought "cokes" (which was NOT limited to Coca Cola products) for six cents at the vending machine in the school hall at recess........





We sat in great desks.......one of which I purchased for my home when the old school was torn down! 



We read about Alice and Jerry and their perfect lives and wondered why ours wasn't..... Just before my Mother died, she purchased this antique copy of "Friendly Village" for me as a Christmas gift!  She knew I would love it!


And my  first grade teacher knew how to use a ruler VERY well - just NOT for measuring!  It was years before I knew that it was not instrument of pain.  Although I got whacked on the palms of my hands more than once for talking, it had no serious long term effects on me other than to teach me respect for teachers and their authority - which is not a bad thing!

 

But you know the cool thing about living and going to school in a small rural town in Louisiana? Most of the children I started school with in 1959......we graduated from Florien High School together twelve years later!  And this year we celebrate our 40 year reunion! 



 



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Cindy Jones
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Great story Louise.  I also went from kindergarten through HS with a group of kids and we were right outside DC.

Aug 31, 2011 08:06 AM #1
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Wow, Cindy - that's cool.  Not many people attended the same school from K - 12 but it truly is a blessing!

 

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I really enjoyed this piece Louise. I like your writing flow. It keeps me interested. Thanks for sharing and I think we need to bring back some of that corporal discipline in the class room, but oh no, children now can sue teachers. So forget that!

Thanks for bringing out some nostalgia of good old fashion America.

Aug 31, 2011 08:31 AM #3
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Marc and Carey - right on!  Amazing the "lawlessness" that is in the classroom now that would NEVER would have been accepted when I was in school - we actually had to MIND the teacher!  Thanks for your comments!

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You don’t look old enough for 6¢ cokes, or historic desks. Capital punishment had been done away with in schools here by the time I got there. I was a good kid anyway…….

Aug 31, 2011 04:59 PM #5
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Well now, Eric - thanks for that compliment!   I don't FEEL that old either!  LOL! 

And about you being good.....should I contact your teachers to get THEIR opinion??!?!

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