Pure Fun, Kindergarten Style

How seriously FUN was this game?

I so loved seeing everyone’s kindergarten photos, and who you all thought we were! I’m thrilled to say that we have our winners!

Congratulations to Amy, Renee and Julie!

I’m dying to know how you did!

Here’s me:

And here’s everyone else!

Visit the posts linked below to see how you did, and thank you so very much for playing with us kindergarten style! xo


I’ve gotten to taste the sweetness of kindergarten three times.

My own Kindergarten days in Israel made of shoko and borekhas, words edged in harsh accents, bright sunlight, walking to school by myself, my Saba and Safta and fresh fruit picked off of backyard trees as after school snacks.

My teaching days in California made of 18 languages, projects cut and prepped and stacked, mothers with stunning head coverings who had never separated from their babies handing them over to me hand to hand and slipping homemade curries and lentils and samosas my way.

And my children’s days in Minnesota made of walking across the street up “The Big Hill,” after school snacks of milk and cookies, snow days and summer sprinklers, first stories and programs and friendships and smart boards and songs and the memories that I want to slow down the most.

No matter where they happen, Kindergarten days are the sweet spot of school. They’re where friendships are many, books are pure magic and milk breaks are looked forward to.

And so, a fabulous group of bloggers — there are 23 of us! — have gotten together to do something pure fun, Kindergarten style! We present to you: 

It’s very simple – just match the picture with the assigned alphabet to the blogger whose blog is listed below. What’s in it for you? Other than some fun — and it’s fun, promise! — you can win an awesome $300 Amazon gift card! You’ll also get to know the bloggers listed here and have a laugh or two at our expense. Don’t worry, we did. Now go forth and play!

Enter your answers on this form.

Participating bloggers, in alphabetical order:

Angela of Angela Amman

Angie of Angie Kinghorn

Deborah of Ask Doctor G

Robin of Farewell Stranger

Poppy of Funny or Snot

Leigh Ann of Genie in a Blog

Greta of Gfunkified

Jennifer of Jennifer P. Williams

Tonya of Letters for Lucas

Kiran of Masala Chica

Laura of Mommy Miracles

Natalie of Mommy of a Monster (and Twins)

Brittany of Mommy Words

Jessica of My Time as Mom

Kimberly of Reflections of Now

Tracy of Sellabit Mum

Elaine of The Miss Elaine-ous Life

Sarah of The Sunday Spill

Galit of These Little Waves

Kristin of Two Cannoli

Arnebya of What Now and Why

Kristin of What She Said

Alison of Writing, Wishing

Terms and conditions apply:

  • You must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • This contest is only open to residents of USA and Canada.
  • This contest is open from March 11 – 15, 2013 (closes at 9pm Eastern).
  • Visit the link above, where you will be able to enter your guess for each blogger pictured. (All information will be kept private.)
  • The person to correctly match all the faces with their blog will win a $300 Amazon gift card. The two other closest guesses will each win one $80 Amazon gift card.
  • This is not a sponsored post. Prizes are paid for out of the participating bloggers’ own pockets.
  • You CAN enter more than once!
  • Winners will be announced week of March 18.
  • If more than one person correctly matches all the faces with their blogs, we will randomly pick a winner via random.org.
  • If no one guesses all the faces correctly, the winner will be the person who made the most correct guesses.

“Name That Kindergartner” was inspired by the “Name That DIY Blogger” contest, over at My Blessed Life.

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  1. Everything is pure magic in Kindergarten, isn’t it? With my oldest son in K now, it’s so fun to see everything through his eyes and the wonder as he figures out school and how everything works. I love that you all are doing this. So fun!

  2. I love that glimpse into your kindergarten self. A world away and yet not. Kindergarten does feel a bit like magic, doesn’t it?

    So lovely to have you as part of this little bit of time travel!

  3. As always, you have painted such a beautiful and magical picture – love this!
    Love doing this with you and all the other ladies! xoxo

  4. Like you do so well, you “captured” kindergarten!

  5. Love kindergarten…and you. xo

  6. It’s absolute truth, isn’t it? K is the sweet spot of school for so many kids. And, with watering and care, it can build a love of learning that lasts.

  7. I love that you have experienced kindergarten in so many different ways.
    Love doing this with all of you!

  8. wow! you’ve done Kindergarten so many ways and all over the world. How cool is that? It really is a big deal as most beginnings are. I’m happy that we’ve got these memories for ourselves :)

  9. What an absolutely fabulous idea! You have mad creative skills, my dear! Congrats!

  10. So glad I’m not the only one that remembers milk breaks! And why don’t they do that anymore? :(

  11. I must know – what is saba and safta? And, do you teach your children Hebrew? You know my husband works for an Israeli company, right? He’s gone a few times.

    And … did you teach in an Indian community in CA? I’m so full of questions, but I just love anything with a hint of new cultures-languages to learn.

  12. Galit, of course I can count on you to come up with memories that are poignant, colorful, and beautiful! You were adorable then and still adorable now!

  13. I went to kindergarten in Mevaseret Zion just outside Jerusalem and I have such great memories. I especially loved the flower wreath I received from my teacher on my birthday. My family had just moved to Israel from the states but when you are five the transition is easy. The room had crayons and books and music (“La Kova Shelie Shalosh Pinot….”) and some chocolate spread on bread for a snack. What’s not to love.

  14. Love the photo of Crayolas! Crayons just scream kindergarten, don’t they? Love that we are doing this together. :)

  15. Well, I have to say I just read every single piece. And they were all fabulous. And then I spent over an hour trying to figure out which face went with whom. I went to Facebook Pages and Twitter Profiule pictures. Basically, I spent waaaaay too much time on this little activity. But it was totally fun. can’t wait to see how I did. There were some stumpers. Clearly, some people have changed their hair color. :)

    I’m PRETTY sure that I guessed which one who are.

  16. It sounds like you were gifted with a lot of magic yourself. I didn’t realize you used to teach. Of course – that makes total sense. You would have been an awesome kindergarten teacher! :-).

    And how could I not know your kindergarten picture? love it!

  17. I can just picture those nervous moms handing their babies over to you. They were very lucky to have you as a teacher.

  18. You describe it SO well. G is out today because he has fever and he was so sad to miss a day of Kindergarten for the first time. I hope he never loses that love of school.

    So fun doing this with you, sweet friend! xo

  19. Pure magic is such an apt description, Galit. I am enjoying this SO much and your words made so many things visible — with color! — for me.

  20. Oh my goodness I LOVE this!!!! I am pretty sure I have your picture pegged……………….. now to work on the rest. xoxo

  21. Oh that is why I love walking with my son to school. The memories you keep forever :) I don’t remember too much of my kindergarten days except for the gross ones like when Sarah B puked in the “magic circle” ahhhh good times.

  22. Seeing all the different facets of kindergarten really does let you see the magic of it! So fun to be participating in this :)

  23. How fun! Your words are magic, Galit.

  24. I love all the different glimpses into your kindergarten world. And you wrote it so beautifully. Thank you for sharing these parts of you.

  25. What a sharp contrast between your kindergarten days and your kids’! I love that they’re all wrapped up in good memories.

  26. I could never figure them all out. But this is adorable and your description of Kindergarten brought tears to my eyes.


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