Friday, August 30, 2013

Pink Saturday Back to School…Old School

It’s time for our little ones to head to school…the Tuesday after Labor Day had been the traditional starting day for generations, but not any more. Texas schools open anywhere from mid-August to late August…by September, everyone already has a couple of weeks of classes behind them. I was listing  books for my Etsy shop when I found one titled, My School.  For Pink Saturday I’m sharing a children’s book from 1958 that reminds us of school days before standardized test became the focus and the measure of success. 

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Look at those happy pink cheeks and that sweet smile… Now let’s look at his first day of school.

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A sit-down breakfast…then car pool.

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And when he gets to school…

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They PLAY! In fact the entire book is about playing!

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Not one picture of learning to count or read, or spell.

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In fact, the only appearance of the teacher is at the end when the caption reads, “Cookies and fruit juice, we have every day. the teachers all tell us, “It’s hard work to play!”

And when he heads home to his June Cleaver mom in her crisp shirtwaist dress, what does he say?

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“I’ll be back tomorrow ‘cause school is such fun!”

I hope all our children still think School is Such Fun!

I hope they still can take lots of time to play!

We all certainly recognize the value of play as we visit our Pink Saturday playmates. Beverly has the group all rounded up at How Sweet the Sound so swing back ther to see the list of who is playing today.  Hope your week is Pink and your Labor Day holiday is restful.


Tami Kenner said...

Hi Laverne..what a sweet little book...I enjoyed each page.
Happy Pink Saturday..Tami xo

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Great book. School is fun!

dana said...

It's so sad that our sweet little kiddos don't get the "play time" and socialization time that we got as kids. So much pressure to complete the newest approach to reading or latest math craze or doing this or doing that (all in the name of scoring higher...and, sadly, these things don't seem to work in attaining those scores). I feel sorry for the teachers, too! No wonder so many just walk away from the profession as soon as they can. We lose so many really good teachers way too soon because of what they have to deal with every day. Our public ed. system is out of control. .. and the more "control" that's mandated from various directions, the more of mess things become.

That sweet little book needs to be the center of an educational uprising. . .we've certainly strayed from our roots that represent a time when kids left school they could read and write and comprehend and function in the real world.

HPS!! L, dana

jeanne, backyard neighbor said...

Hi LaVerne, Your post sure gave me a smile. If children think playing all day and then rewarded with juice and cookies is what school is all about, I shudder to think who will lead our country one day. A sweet but silly unrealistic book. Life in the 1950's was so much more different then. We learned lots in school and school WAS fun as I remember it. Our daughter teaches advanced math in HS and sometimes it is so hard because children are so undisciplined. She works so hard and has to spend hours at home grading papers. She is very dedicated though. Believe me, there are still many awesome students that makes her job worthwhile.

Happy Labor Day weekend.
Love, Jeanne

Limping Deer and the Twins

Limping Deer and the Twins
They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.


I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.