This is the 2nd in a series of 15 posts recounting my childhood. To see part 1, go here. Today's topic is the preschool to kindergarten years. I have very few memories from before first grade. I went to "nursery school" (that's what they called it in those days) when I was 3 and 4 years old. I've seen pictures of me on the playground there and my mom recorded in our photo albums who my best friends were at the time. But I don't have any actual memories of nursery school.
The one memory I have from when I was 4 years old, and it's my official first memory, is of our move from our old house to our new house. Our new street was a cul-de-sac with a bend in the road. My memory is of us driving down the street in our station wagon--we rounded the bend and I could see our new house for the first time.
I vaguely remember Kindergarten. I remember my teacher, Mrs. Rosenberg. She was petite with short dark hair. I remember she was kind. My most specific memory of kindergarten is when we were learning the letter S. I can picture the paper with a big "S" in the corner and I think we were filling the page with pictures and cut-outs of things that start with that letter. I'm sure we made a book of the whole alphabet like that, but oddly it's the S page I remember specifically, perhaps because my name starts with S.
Playtime: I thought it'd be fun to add some tidbits about the various toys that I remember most from my childhood. I know that at this age, my most treasured toy was my Stacy doll. How do I know that? Because "Stacy" was one of my very first words! I wanted to take a picture of my beloved doll (she is still in my posession), but I couldn't find her. I thought she was in my closet, but she must be in the garage. To see more about my clutter problem, read my "organizing" posts. She had a hard head and soft body. I could comb her hair and I had two outfits for her, one was a dress and one was denim overalls. I would go on to have other, bigger dolls (including a Cabbage Patch Kid), but none was as loved as Stacy. I have to go dig her out and let T play with her!
Join me next week as we discuss first grade. Meanwhile, check out Mommy's Piggy Tales for more childhood reminiscing! Thanks for reading!