|We Like Kindergarten by Clara Cassidy, illustrated by Eloise Wilkin. |
Western Publishing Company, 1965.
1980s reprint edition.
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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