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Kindergarten - My Vague Memories

Alyssa just had her first week of Pre-K and she loved it. It takes me back... Kindergarten is almost a blur for me. I went to Narrows View Elementary School in Tacoma WA, but it's no longer called that.  We had a great view of the Narrows Bridge, hence the original name.  I don't remember my first day, per se, but I asked my mom if she took me and she claims she did. I remember having to walk to school everyday, over 2 miles, while our friends in the neighborhood got to take the bus. My brother and I went to a different school, not in our area, as it was the only school that had a bus pickup for the after school program we went to.

I remember we went around the room telling everyone our names and birthdays.  No one seemed to know their birthdays. When it was my turn, I remember telling the teacher I didn't know my birthday either, even though I did, because I didn't want to be the only one who knew it. I didn't want anyone to feel bad for not knowing their own birthday.

I recall my teacher's name being Mrs. Orange, but I just found my class picture, and it's confirmed that I was in AM Kindergarten with Mrs. Mitchell.  Can you find me in this picture?? No hints... My best friend was Jill, up in the right corner in the purple and pink. She was tall! I can't tell you anyone else's names. We moved to Texas after second grade so I never kept in touch with these kids.

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I also remember that our desks made a big C around the room so we could all look at each other. That's very different from the rows or the groups of four desks that many teachers do. I also remember we cut out a lot of pumpkins and hearts. We were showed how to fold a piece of paper in half and cut out half a shape, and then when you unfold it, it became the full shape. That's the main thing I recall learning all year.

Towards the end of the year, I remember we were taught a few words so we could recognize them when we went into first grade. Words like Dog and Cat and Cow.

I remember school was only a couple of hours. It started at 8:05 and we got out at around 10:30 as I was taken to my after school daycare in time for lunch.

I can't say, "Everything I know, I learned in Kindergarten" because I didn't really learn much of anything. I probably did learn more than cutting out shapes, but I don't have a memory of it at all.

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Comment balloon 12 commentsDonna Harris • August 27 2011 02:21PM

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Big Smile Donna, I am guessing that is you next to Jill. I love that you remember Mrs. Orange the teacher's name.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Gary, Nope, that's not me next to Jill. She was tall, and I wasn't... My 2nd grade teacher was Mrs. Grey! Maybe that's where I get the Orange from.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 8 years ago

Donna - cute post about your memories....funny the things we remember or that may come back to us an an odd moment. 

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) over 8 years ago

Hmmm... Are you on the front row, 4th from the left?

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) over 8 years ago

My mom would never let me take class pictures in jeans or pants of any kind, so yes, I'm the 4th one wearing the dress...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 8 years ago

Donna - kindrgarten was so lomg ago I don't even remember going, or even if I did let alone what I might have learned. They say as you get older you remember things from long ago but not today so maybe in a few years I might remember.

Posted by Barrie Clulow (My Time Is My Own) over 8 years ago

That is a really large class size for that age!  All the cutting was to keep you all busy little bees!

Posted by Laura Sargent (Carolina One Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Barrie, Interesting concept of recovering memories...

Laura, You're right! I never thought of that. I guess ratios were different back then, or maybe it was a WA thing. That size class would never fly in TX!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 8 years ago

Good morning, Donna,

That's what I was going to guess also.  I swear.  First, the K. picture wasn't that long before your AR picture, so it's easy.  And, you still like purple clothing.  Somethings never change.  And, your finely textured (I'm guessing, Irish) hair is the same, also. 

That was very kind that you didn't want the other kids to feel dumb not knowing their birthdays, but you don't seem to have a problem riling things up about POINTS in ActiveRain.

Have a good night, Ms. Austinite. 

Posted by Lloyd Binen, Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411 (Certified Realty Services) over 8 years ago

I think I am going to remember this next year as mine starts Kindergarten more than I remember my own. I am shocked that so many people have great recollections of theirs!

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Donna,

Funny, it seems like kindergarten is so long ago. I could not remember my teachers name either.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

I was in the afternoon class 1984.. Mrs. Mitchells favorite color was orange. I know this because everything in her classroom was orange and I used to wear orange just so I could point it out to her in class. She always gave me big hugs when I did that. Funny, huh? She really was the best. This post is pretty old but I hope you get to see it. Mrs. Mitchell will always be missed.

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