We Like Kindergarten (Little Golden Book)

We Like Kindergarten by Clara Cassidy, illustrated by Eloise Wilkin.
 Western Publishing Company, 1965.
1980s reprint edition.
Ready for more Eloise Wilkin?  After writing yesterday's post, I started thinking about this little book.  Little Sis pulled it off our Little Golden Book rack last week, and it spurred a lot of questions and memories.  We Like Kindergarten was first published in 1965.  I know our copy must be from the mid-'80s, as the Sesame Street title I Think That It Is Wonderful appears in the list on the back, and it was published in 1984.  The story was still pretty accurate for the mid-'80s, though.  I started kindergarten in the fall of 1982, having just turned 5 in August.  While we didn't have a piano in the classroom, we did sing and make music, we might dance or play games at circle time, and I distinctly remember painting at an easel, singing the theme song to "Emily," a cartoon I knew from Pinwheel.  We had graham crackers and milk (in a carton) every snack time, which happened right after nap time.  My teacher would choose a helper to pass out the snacks, and on the first day of school, I was that helper!  Apparently, I was the quietest and stillest "napper" on my big beach towel, which I used instead of a rug.



















Kindergarten is so different now.  I was a morning kindergartner, as kindergarten was only half a day then. Now it is an all-day affair.  The year Big Sis started school, I was impatient to buy school supplies, and pulled a supply list off the internet from the previous year.  Following my mom's lead, I helped her pick a thick beach towel for her nap time rug.  Less than a week later, I read in the paper that the school system was discontinuing nap time, as it cut into time needed for learning.  How sad.  Big Sis has a thick, awesome towel for swimming now.  Fortunately, both girls had a wonderful two years at preschool, which was closer to my kindergarten experience.  And both girls have had lovely kindergarten teachers, who understand the difficulties of that age, and allow for fun dance times and stories, along with all the reading and math.

The last page of this book is the most accurate for us now.  Even today, with both daughters in the same school, the girls love to play school at home.  Big Sis wants to be a teacher when she grows up, and she loves to teach her sister.  I love to listen to them getting into character.  It's so sweet!

I can't believe this school year is almost over.  Only two more weeks!  Then I will have a third grader and first grader on my hands, and our kindergarten days will be over for good.

I'm the worst sentimental mama I know.

Oh, and if you want to read more about the Fisher Price School Days Play Desk in the lead photo, I wrote about it here.

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  1. i am also having an emotional week, and I weep for my daughter's kindergarten days. oh she was so excited for Kinder! and her Kinder experience was all she/I could have hoped for. What a darling darling book!!!

    (i want some graham crackers and milk!) ok diff topic -- I recall graham crackers from the box, like Honeymaid or whatever that brand is, they used to be really really good. Very graham-ish. And now it's just not. Very dry and flavorless. Have you noticed that??)

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    1. I had some Honeymaids tonight, and I thought they were fine. But to be fair, it had been a long time since I had any...

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  2. Me too! I'm a total crier. I hope one day she doesn't make fun of me for always crying. LOL ;)

    This is such a sweet book.

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    1. My kids make fun of me when we watch Toy Story 3. They put it on in the hopes that I'll wander in at the end.

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  3. Oh, I used to have that book when I was little!!! What beautiful memories. And you are spot on, Kindergarten is SO different now. I wonder if it is for the best?

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    1. I doubt it. Sigh. Even with two years of preschool, 3 days a week, 2 and a half hours a day, all-day kindergarten was such an adjustment, for both girls.

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  4. Oh, how I wish Kindergarten was more like what we had when we were kids. This book is so sweet, and is the perfect reminder of how it used to be (I was in Kindergarten in 1983). I have so many fond memories from my Kindergarten days: snacks around a big table, lots of free play, songs, drawing pictures, craft projects... I could go on and on.

    Miss C.'s Kindergarten experience was so different. She went all day, too, and man it was all business. They had desks, worked in centers, learned to read and do basic math, and worked, worked, worked! She was so exhausted by the end of each day that she had little dark circles around her eyes every single night. She learned a lot, but I always wished they'd had more time for stories, and free play and crafts.

    Master W. is going into Transitional Kindergarten in the fall, which will be half day five days a week. I'm crossing my fingers that it will be a little more like the Kindergarten of yore, since he's considered to be too young for real Kindergarten but too old for preschool. We'll see I guess.

    Oh, and I love that you have the FP desk!!! We had one when I was a kid and I have lots of great memories playing school with it too.

    xoxo

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    1. I really had forgotten about my play desk, until I saw one on Etsy. The memories came rushing back to me, and I remembered all of it. When my mother saw the one I got the girls, she gasped. "We used to work on letters all the time!" So, I remembered correctly.

      Oh, good luck with transitional kindergarten! That sounds great. My girls are on the older end of their grade levels, especially Big Sis. I loved that I got an extra year home with her, but she's so far ahead of the rest of her class in some ways, and I'm sure the fact that she has a birthday within the first couple weeks of the school year doesn't help. She gets bored. We try to make sure the girls get enough free time at home, in addition to homework and dance classes and Scouts. Summer is coming soon!

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  5. Oh my gosh, I had this book when I was a kid! I'd completely forgotten about it (it was about thirty years ago) but I was GIS-ing a different book and came across it in the images and was like "okay this looks REALLY familiar". I also had the Fisher Price play desk (which I'd also forgotten about) as well, at least until it kind of got ruined by being out in the rain :p

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    1. Cool! I'm glad you found my post.

      I have no clue what happened to my own Fisher Price Play Desk. Either someone gave it away, or it got ruined, too. Unfortunately, if it was ruined, I'm thinking it was by cats. Ewwww...

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