11 Things That Were Actually Expected Of Kindergartners Back In 1954


Kindergarten can be a daunting milestone in children’s lives. After the comfort of their easygoing upbringing at home or in preschool, they’re finally getting their first taste of a real classroom environment.

Of course, they’re still quite young and may have trouble adjusting to the changes, something parents will likely find reflected on their report card, like this one from the NYC Department of Education. If I try hard enough, I can still remember going through all the checks and pluses that made up my first ever set of grades — and the comment from my teacher informing my parents I was a bit too social while she was trying to teach.

Recently a woman shared an old report card from 1954 online, much of which is revealed below. It’s interesting to see how the experiences of modern students compare to those of their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.

Some things never change, but there are definitely a few requirements from this 1954 gem that you’d be hard-pressed to find in classrooms anymore.

Did we forget any expectations you recall from your own kindergarten experience back in the day? Let us know in the comments and be sure to SHARE with your friends!

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1. "I Can Plant Seeds" 1/11

This is definitely a skill I didn’t learn until a bit later in elementary school, but depending on where they grew up, kids in the 1950s might have been helping their parents grow their own food since they could walk.

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