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What is it about making the jump from kindergarten to First Grade? I remember starting First Grade and feeling like I was Queen of the Mountain. I was reading, I had a loose tooth, and I stayed at school all day long. I was a Big Girl. And I couldn’t have been happier.
I have two memories of first grade, besides the faint memories of singing as a class on the rug with my teacher. I recall walking outside on an unusually clear day for the California Bay Area. The sky was a shockingly vivid and cloudless blue. My teacher pointed to the sky and said, “Look at that blue sky, kids. That’s what the sky looked like all the time when I was a little girl.”
I have no idea why that particular memory has always been so vivid in my mind.
Another day, my teacher called the class to clean up from center time (I have a feeling it was called something different when I was in school…), and as one always eager to please, I started helping right away. No sooner had I begun picking up blocks that my first loose tooth fell out. Instead of being excited and running over to tell my friends and my teacher, I felt strangely embarrassed. I didn’t want anyone to see. Instead of joining the rest of the class on the rug for stories, I stuffed my tooth in my pocket and kept myself busy picking up staples and tiny bits of paper from the floor. I tried to stick close to the tables so no one would notice me, but I made sure to stay busy so that my teacher would not get mad at me for not being on the rug with everyone else. I was being extra helpful, right? My teacher called me out and made me join the class….with my new missing front tooth and bright red cheeks and everything.
As if first grade and the first lost tooth weren’t enough excitement for one year, I also got my very first (and only) baby brother in 1980. My sister and I were pretty smitten with our baby brother, and I know that a lot of my time must have been spent on the ground entertaining the new baby (who probably outweighed me by the time he was 9 months old….family joke!).
I’ll end with one last first grade First. As I was gathering photos for this post, I noticed that a few of these pictures looked quite a bit like AJ and Reese, my youngest kids. I rarely see my kids in old photos of me, but today I did. There’s a first for everything.
What do you remember about 1st grade?
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