I read an article about some of the things school kids today will never experience. Stuff we “old folks” dealt with.
With the Internet, you can find anything. And while I find that fun, I can remember taking a volume from the set I grew up with and just looking through the entire book. Not looking for anything in particular, just browsing.
There were no TVs for me in elementary school, but coming into the classroom and seeing that projector set up let me know that something fun was going to happen. I think I was the ONLY kid who really enjoyed those factory movies about how crayons are made, or how jam is put in the jars and sealed.
Walking to school alone
In second grade, we lived close enough for me to walk to school. On rainy days I took an umbrella. Both my kids walked to school in elementary and high school. For middle school, they rode a bus. If a child is seen walking alone now, CPS is called. And sadly, for good reason.
Pencils, “grinder” style sharpeners, troll toppers
I LOVED my pencil topper people!! I didn’t have trolls, but I did have fun toppers.
Mrs. Berg in 5th grade was a real stickler for good cursive writing. My daughter-in-law has the most amazing cursive style. A letter from her is a work of art.
Ditto machine/stencil copies
Was there ever a better aroma than this??
One of the biggest things that I DO NOT miss is the dress code. On days when we did physical fitness in elementary school, girls were permitted to wear shorts under their dresses/skirts. Once I got into junior/senior high school, of course we had uniforms. But those winter days in the lower grades when girls were only allowed dresses or skirts were awful. Once the dress code changed when I was in high school, the only thing I wore from that point on was jeans and some kind of shirt.