Did You Attend Kindergarten?

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  1. Mari North

    Mari North Very Well-Known Member
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    Strange thing, this. I just saw @Frank Sanoica mention in another post about starting kindergarten with a healing thumb... and it reminded me that things were different for me.

    I didn't go to kindergarten, but I'm pretty sure that's because it wasn't an option. I'll have to ask my Mama or Dad when I talk to them again, but I really don't think there was a kindergarten in my area until my little brothers were ready for school around 1970.

    I do remember 1st grade registration... I was terrified and had to use the potty something fierce but was afraid to ask. Having to go to school sounded like the most horrifying thing *ever!* :eek::eek:
     
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    Yeah, I attended kindergarten.
     
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    There was no kindergarten in this state in those days.
     
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    During my time, kindergarten was optional. And although I know of many who have attended kindergarten, I don't remember anyone in my siblings who did. The schooling age was 7 but some children are entered in grade 1 even as young as 5. Those were the glory days of children where a 4-year old or 5-year old can have the luxury of playing all day long.

    It's a different story now. I can see children as young as 2 years old being enrolled in nursery. The toddler has a complete set of uniform and school bag to boot. I cannot imagine myself attending school at that young age. It is getting to be the standard to enroll a toddler to nursery or prep or kindergarten before going to grade school at age 7. So many years of schooling for the modern child.
     
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    Yes, went to kindergarten and don't remember it being an option. I remember it well. I didn't speak a word of English. I was 3 when I moved to the US from Argentina and my parents were Hungarian and that's what I spoke until I learned it in kindergarten.

    They thought there was something wrong with me because I didn't talk. My mom said they sent a social worker to the house. I'm sure that went well since my mom didn't speak much English either.
     
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    Apparently in mine either, @Sheldon Scott , in 1962. Which I found strange. I'm Pennsylvania.
     
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    It's true, I see it with my grandsons, if they don't go to preschool they're behind in kindergarten. It's not just playing

    Like when I went. They have to know words and some reading by the end of the year.

    The school in Illinois where my youngest grandsons are has a pre kindergarten.
     
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    I started kindergarten just after turning 5, my mother having walked with me the 3/4 mile to the school, two "busy" streets had to be crossed, as she called them, I too was pretty scared as I watched her leave the school. I can't recall exactly, but it seems she went with me only a few more times, convinced by then there was no problem I allowing me to go alone. Eventually, knowing all the streets and alleys were in a square "gridwork", I began using alternate routes. That winter, overnight we got a 12-inch snowfall, with plenty of drifts. I trudged on out, I loved the snow. Three kids showed up that morning for Kindergarten; the other 2 had been driven to school by their mothers! There were no school buses in the City. Frank
     
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    I went to kindergarten in Pittsburgh in 1956. My sisters went in 1966 and 1971.
     
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    @Chrissy Page My wife turned 5 in mid-December, thus too young that Fall to start Kindergarten. The following September she began school in the First Grade, skipping Kindergarten, which I believe was not mandatory where I grew up, and likely also in Indiana.

    Frank
     
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    I don't remember it working that way, the ones that didn't make the cut off went to kindergarten the next year.

    It's still that way for my grandsons. You don't skip kindergarten, you go the following year.

    Obviously kindergarten is very different not only statewide but even city.
     
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    There was no kindergarten in my rural area in 1962. Just confirmed it. No wonder I didn't know of anyone who attended until 1970! :)
     
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    You weren't in Pittsburgh though, right?
     
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    No, clear across the state.
     
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    That's how it was here, too... but since we didn't have kindergarten, it worked that way for 1st grade. If you were past the cut-off, even by one day like one of my classmates, you had to wait for the following year. If the cut-off was July 1, tough luck if you were born July 2.

    Some of my classmates were 18 at graduation, and some younger. If older they were probably held back a grade. My best friend and neighbor was born just a month and a half after me and we were in different grades.
     
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    Yes, those cut off dates were screwy. :)
     
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    My Kindergarten. :)
     
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    Third row from bottom, second in? I'll have to scan my 1st grade pic!
     
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    We had to go to kindergarten through 12, but did not have to go to preschool when I was a little girl over 50 years ago. Now young mothers say they got to teach their children how to spell their names and know numbers up to 10 and must go to preschool. Children have to have their supplies too.
     
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    Yep! :)

    Did the caught in the headlights look tip you off? I don't even think I told my mom it was picture day.

    Because I didn't understand a word they were saying and if I bought home a note, my mom probably couldn't read it. :)
     
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    I did not attend kindergarten. And very very few of my classmates did. At the time I stated elementary school my town had approximately 3500 people. I am not sure the town had a kindergarten.
     
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    :) Nope, I just remembered the pic or two you posted earlier this year.
     
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    Kindergarten wasn't a very pleasant experience for me. We lived only 2 blocks from the public school. The teacher didn't seem to like me much. One day she taped my mouth shut for talking during our "rest time".
    My parents didn't take to that and sent me to the Catholic school, a near mile away, for first grade through high school. In first grade, the nun didn't tape my mouth shut. She just slapped the snot out of me because I couldn't answer some silly question.
    I hated school.
     
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    Tried to "like" your post, @Ike Willis but the "like dislike" repeatedly was worse today than ever, so I gave up trying. I should be getting the new mouse around Tuesday or Wednesday... I'd best keep my trigger finger off of the like button until then. :rolleyes:

    I don't know, maybe I'd better take @Patsy Faye up on her offer and borrow the mouser! :)
     
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    I don't know if it was optional in Ohio but I did attend kindergarten for half a day. I remember walking to school and home with my older sister. My younger sister wasn't born yet. I vaguely recall playing much inside or outside but I'm sure we did. I always try to remember those days but find it very difficult. I only remember the teacher because of the school picture. I remember that day well because of the hand puppet. It's eyes and ears popped out and everyone laughed then there was a blue flash which blinded me. I wonder if that's why my favorite color is blue.
     
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