photo © 2010 joeymanley | more info (via: Wylio)I'm feeling a bit nostalgic today, so this week's Friday Five is:
Five things I remember about switching from public school to a small Christian school at the beginning of my fifth grade year:
1. I went from a class of about 30 to a class of 1. Midway through the first semester I got a classmate, but he was a boy, so that hardly counted!
2. Having to wear dresses every day! Gone were my Toughskin jeans, striped t-shirts, and Converse tennis shoes. It was skirts and blouses, dresses and dress shoes every day.
3. No more hot lunches. We brown-bagged it. To this day, I can't face bologna sandwiches.
4. Fractions. The curriculum at that school assumed you'd learned all about fractions in fourth grade, but the school I came from didn't really teach them until fifth grade. I was behind, and I felt so stupid. I got a D in math that first semester.
5. Having my older sister in the same classroom as I was. 4-6 grades were all in one room, and you can't get away with ANYTHING when your older sister is watching your every move.
As I read down this list, I'm thinking, yikes, what a downer! But truthfully, that transition was hard. I grew to love Faith Christian School and I wouldn't change much about my time there. I made some life-long friends (no, not that boy from the fifth grade. He quit attending Faith after seventh grade.) I made some amazing memories, and the education and guidance I received there set me on the path I'm on today.
I just wish I'd learned fractions a wee bit earlier. Would've changed most of fifth grade...
How about you? Did you ever change schools? Was the transition hard?