Age 7 or Second Grade
My mom is currently on a cruise celebrating her retirement, so I wasn't able to get her help piecing together when my memories actually happened! I found this picture above that she had sent me & based on the date it said in the email, this was around 2nd grade for me. We went to Disney World! I remember Mickey & Minnie's house the most clearly, but that's about it. But I believe this picture was taken in Captiva Island, FL where we used to always go for vacations because my grandfather owned part of a time-share condo there! I have many great memories in Captiva that I'll probably share later! I also remember wearing this polka-dotted Disney shirt countless times & you can't see, but it had a rockin' pair of biker shorts that went with it!
I have great memories from 2nd grade in school because I had a wonderful teacher! Her name was Mrs. Sampson & she was my teacher in 2nd & 3rd grade. I remember reading a lot in her classes, but the biggest thing I remember was getting to make food! She would bring in a crock pot or a hot plate & we would make different foods related to books we read. One time, I don't remember what we were studying (maybe pilgrims?), but we made our own butter! We all got a turn churning the butter & then we all got to eat a little of the butter on a cracker. I remember being just amazed that we could make butter! As a kid, you know, you think those things just come as they are.
We also made soup one time when we read the book Stone Soup & we made spaghetti when we read Strega Nona. I loved Strega Nona!! If you've never read it, check it out! Tomie dePaola is one of my favorite children's books author & illustrator. Looking back on it, I think this idea of making food in class in relation to books was an absolutely fabulous one! Here we are 20 years later, and I can still remember the titles of the books we read & what they were about. That's a pretty strong connection to literature that I made using food! I look forward to using these memories to build connections for students in my future classrooms!
Another great memory from this age & this particular school year was jelly bean days! My teacher had a system where if you had a great day that day in terms of behavior & temperament, you got a jelly bean! Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I got jelly beans a lot! I remember we wrote a poem as a class about jelly bean days. I don't remember exactly how it went, but we listed the good things that could happen or that you could do & every phrase ended with: "looks like it's going to be a jelly bean day!" Jelly beans might not fly in schools today because we are discouraged from providing sweets - in some schools we are prohibited from providing sweets - so we'd have to go with a healthier or food-free reward. But man, I still remember those yummy jelly beans!!