Grandparents reminisce about school

November 27, 1992|By Cindy Parr | Cindy Parr,Contributing Writer

When Sol Rom was a little boy growing up in Mexico, he had a hard time staying in school.

His school was not like an ordinary school. It was a big old church in Juarez, Mexico. It had large windows with small openings.

He remembered the singing birds and the buzzing bees and how they beckoned to him to come out and play.

"I remember when I went to first grade, there were so many children," recalled the 64-year-old Baltimore County resident. "They would sit on the windowsills of the big windows in the old church. I would look out the windows and think how much I wanted to be outside. Everything outside I could see and hear."

"Is that true, Pop-Pop?" asked Mr. Rom's 6-year-old grandson, Ryan.

It was a question that brought a collective laugh from his classmates, teachers and other grandparents who were attending the fifth annual Grandparents' Day of the first-grade .. classes at Sandymount Elementary School.

As the laughs died down, an embarrassed Mr. Rom answered his grandson's question, "Oh yes, Ryan, it is true."

Mr. Rom was one of 54 grandparents at the special event, the highlight of the students' November study unit on families.

The idea for Grandparent's Day was originated by Sandymount's first-grade teachers as another way to stress the importance of family.

"We teach using a thematic approach which ties in with our Integrated Language Arts and Social Studies classes," said first-grade teacher Phyllis Levin.

"Since our theme for the month of November is families, we talk about mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and, of course, grandparents. The children can learn so much from their grandparents. It's a neat thing for them to see, and it's a part of their family."

This year, more than 90 students and their teachers listened to tales of pot-bellied stoves, long walks to school and a variety of disciplinary actions.

"I went to Catholic school, and I remember the nuns dressed in all black down to the tips of their toes," said Gamber resident Thea Fisher. "All you could see were their faces and it was kind of scary. We had to sit up straight, face forward, and if you talked a ruler would come out of the pocket. That was a kind of scary thing in first grade."

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