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My Elementary Memories

Updated on August 16, 2014

Do You Remember School Without Computers?

My primary years of school began in the fall of 1969. As I started thinking back on those years, so many memories came flooding through my mind that I just had to get them written down.

So, do you remember school without computers? Kindergarten? Naps? See Spot Run?

I don't know what year those things began to change, but I'm glad the memories are still so strong in my mind.

When I came across the above picture by Flickr user dhillan aka "Black Vanilla" (Creative Commons license of attribution and share-alike), it reminded me of the school days when we had to use the bungalow school rooms. They were so much louder (from having wooden floors and being raised up higher since they were movable buildings) and hotter than the regular rooms across campus. I think we had to use those as overflow, or maybe they were used while permanent rooms were getting repairs done or something. I don't remember liking them much accept that they were near the handball courts, so that was good for recess. Oh, yes, and ours were not only for boys nor were they in black and white. :-)

Waltzing Matilda drawing from a great article that includes a glossary of words used in the lyrics.
Waltzing Matilda drawing from a great article that includes a glossary of words used in the lyrics.

I Remember Music Circle

And we didn't just sing the songs, we learned about them.

I loved music circle. This was in the days where we didn't have class periods, and we didn't go to different classes throughout the day, and we didn't have art labs, computer labs, etc. Well, maybe we had reading lab at some point 'cause I remember those giant blue headphones where everyone was listening for the ding that told us we could turn the page. Hmm, I wonder if I liked that one or not.

Anyway, the first song that comes to my mind when I think about music circle is "Waltzing Matilda." Why that one sticks out, I'm not certain, but it does. Of course, it helps that our local ice cream truck plays that one at least once a day during the summer. :-) So, as we learned the lyrics and tune for this song, and so many others, we also learned what many of the images in the song meant as well. We learned what a "billy" meant and why they were waiting for it to boil. We learned a bit about Australia. And we got grades for something that seemed so fun to me then and brings back great memories now.

You can click on the picture to go to the page at http://www.family-getaways-melbourne.com/waltzing-matilda-song.html for a great article that includes the lyrics and some of the other neat information I can remember learning from those days.

Fun Stuff for Learning and Playing at Amazon - Find games, DVDs, and books to increase your knowledge while having a good time with your family and friends.

I love games that allow you to walk away with some new knowledge. Of course, I also like the stuff where I can show off what I know and win the game too.

Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? Game
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? Game

The boxed version of the fun television show with Jeff Foxworthy.

 
Trivial Pursuit: Master Game - Genus Edition
Trivial Pursuit: Master Game - Genus Edition

The main board for the game. Then find lots of different card categories to add to your game.

 
Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? DVD Game
Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? DVD Game

Same as the board game above, only on DVD so it's more like the show.

 
Jeopardy! 2013 Day-to-Day Calendar: Featuring Answers and Questions From America's Favorite Quiz Show
Jeopardy! 2013 Day-to-Day Calendar: Featuring Answers and Questions From America's Favorite Quiz Show

I love one-page-per-day type calendars, and this one gives you a challenging question for each day of 2013.

 
Cranium Wow Game
Cranium Wow Game

The brain game that uses more than just your brain.

 
Baseball Diamond by JSCATTY at Flickr
Baseball Diamond by JSCATTY at Flickr

I Remember Spelling Baseball

And I was almost always a team captain with a winning team.

I may have been ball shy and the short girl that no one wanted on their softball or kickball team, but everyone wanted to be on my team for "spelling baseball." Spelling has always been one of my strong suits, and I wonder what came first; the love of words or this game where we got to play with words. I was one of those few students who probably spent the whole week studying my list of twenty new words and testing myself over and over until I got it 100 percent correct.

Remind me to tell you the story of my first (and only) attempt at a spelling bee when I have a bit more time to work.

Baseball diamond picture licensed Creative Commons attribution by JSCATTY at Flickr.

Book Reports - Loved 'em or hated 'em?

Tell me what you remember about book reports and if you think they helped you love reading more and made you never want to read again.

How do you remember book reports?

They made me fall in love with books and really got me into the stories.

They made me fall in love with books and really got me into the stories.

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  • Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

    I loved book reports! I lived to write them. I still write them today for my book review blog...

  • William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

    Need a better choice, frankly. Whatever book reports I may have had to do had no impact on me, whatsoever. I don't even ever remember doing one. I just did my assignments for the grade in school... clear through college. I became interested in reading in my late 30s - early 40s. Now read constantly! ;-) Read and Write - that is what I do! ;-)

They made me hate reading and made it a chore. Now, I hardly like to read at all.

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  • Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

    I hated book reports. I am the one who used cliffnotes to get me through them. I was good at wording, so no one ever noticed. Hope my teachers are not reading this.

  • flycatcherrr 5 years ago

    Loved reading, hated book reports. Still do love-love-love reading. For a time in my career I wrote book reviews, and that was almost as bad. Kids are right when they say that "picking it apart" can ruin the pleasure in a book.

  • Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    I think the details they asked us to look for made the reading more of a drudgery. I turned to short articles and stories instead of full length books.

  • Trixiesmom2u 5 years ago

    I loved reading, hated book reports. Would much preferred to have stood in front of class and just gushed endlessly about my latest book.

Really, I have so many more fun things to add when I have time. But, in the meantime, I'd love to hear what memories this lens has stirred up for you and what else you'd like to see me add to the lens.

Sign the Roll Book, Please - Let me know you stopped by the classroom and what you learned today.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @MJsConsignments: Thank you, Michelle. And talk about memories, I went to your eBay page and found your Tri-Chem transfers. I was a little girl at all my grandmother's party's, but it did stir my memories. At one point, I think I had a bunch of paint tubes, but that was over 25 years ago. It's too bad that company can't come back and start again.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @DrBillSmithWriter: Thanks, Dr. Bill. I'll try to play with the poll idea. I was thinking people would want to say how they felt, and the debate only gives two choices, so I tried to make them completely opposite. I haven't done any polls on any lenses yet, though, so that's something I want to work with, especially to figure out how to allow comments to follow the poll. Thanks for the advice and comments. I honestly appreciate what I learn here, and I appreciate your time in sharing and commenting.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @designsbyharriet: Thank you, Harriet. I had photos and they had captions that came up when hovering over the photo, but I wasn't sure how to get the info elsewhere. I was finally able to do it by using HTML tags, so now that I know that works, I'll get those credits on more quickly now. I truly appreciate when you, and other experienced squids, help us newbies. :-)

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @flycatcherrr: I don't think it's strange at all, flycatcher. :-) I also liked spelling tests, which is why I practiced on them until I could get them totally right. It was like a puzzle to me, and I still love to do variety puzzles to this day.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @imjens: I'm glad you like it, Jens98. I would be interested to know how things are different in Norway schools. It looks like you have a nice collection of lenses already, and I admire someone so young getting out there and working hard already.

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    Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

    Thank you for bringing back some wonderful memories.

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    William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

    Thank you for an interesting lens. I'd have preferred a poll, rather than the dual debate - you really need two clear choices; I assume you thought you did, but I sure didn't fit in either, being totally honest, anyway! Keep up the good work! ;-)

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    Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

    Reminded me of school. I recommend crediting your photos and using a photo in each module. Make the text more compelling.

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    flycatcherrr 5 years ago

    I used to love spelling tests. Strange, I know... :)

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    imjens 5 years ago

    As a new student, I think it's interesting to read these things, thank you.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @Trixiesmom2u: I'm glad this brought back good memories for you, Karen. My mind is still racing with so many thoughts and memories and trying to figure out which ones I most want to share as I work on this lens. Thanks for participating here.

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    Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @artbyrodriguez: I can't remember what part of doing book reports I disliked the most, but if it was standing up to speak, it was probably because I got teased a lot for my stature. I know I usually got good grades, but I was one of those students who liked my teachers (most of the time) better than most of my peers. Maybe that's why I thought I would grow up to be a teacher, but I ended up in customer service and freelance writing instead.

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    Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

    I always dreaded when I had to stand up and speak to the class for a book report, or anything else!.

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    Trixiesmom2u 5 years ago

    You bring back my 4th grade teacher reading aloud everyday The Bank of Pum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Then, there was discovering Walter Farley and so many more wonderful authors.