As the first and oldest child, my 'Pre-School Prep' for grade #1 was done at home with the ABC's and Counting learned the old fashion way....I was Number 1, brother was Number 2 and baby sister was Number 3. 'A' was for Apple, 'B' was for Brother and 'S' was for Sue and Share. I preferred the first 'S' word and resented the 'B' word for ruining my only child status and cutting in on half the apple. From that day forward, I never was any good at fractions.
With the basic ABC's and Counting 1-100...that might be stretching it a bit...and having blown out 6 candles on your last birthday you were pre-school prepped for the First Grade. Oh, and there was the 'Shot Record'. You had to have your Small Pox Vaccination. The one that left a big scab...then a quarter size scar...mine ended up as dime size on my shoulder even though they poked my upper arm. Some kids had to wear a plastic cup over their scab...I didn't...maybe that's why it ended up on my shoulder. Who knew that cup kept the scab from traveling.
I soon learned there was more to the Letter A than Apple. Imagine my confusion when the teacher insisted that 'Counting' started with the letter 'A'...Arithmetic. I could hardly wait to get home and educate my Mother. It took the first six weeks just getting used to associating 1-2-3-4-5 as Arithmetic, that the word Grade was really numbers 1-2-3 and so on, and the word First and number 1 was best. Then we got The REPORT CARD. Guess what GRADE I got for Arithmetic...Apples. So much for the letter A not being called counting and the word grade not being a number. I was not used to being anything but #1, and First Grade was a bust.
To further confuse a home school prepped first grader...some A's on the report card were fractioned. There it was an A- in Writing. Even my counting enlightened mother could not explain what part of A was missing. So, with the first 6 weeks of learning higher math and writing words that started and ended with A...and other letters...under my belt, I concluded the 'writing A-' had to have been about the Apple and note...
this A-1 bite is 4 U
I was hugre.
Now that I look back on the writing of that note, I am amazed at how ahead of my time I was and why the teacher gave me an A- in writing....She had not heard of Texting!