What Were You Like In Kindergarten?

UPDATE: We have our winners! Congratulations to Amy Pike, you’re the grand prize winner of a $300 Amazon gift card! Congratulations are also in order to our runner-ups, Renee and Julie, enjoy your $80 Amazon gift cards. Thank you all for playing!

I was the easy guess in this little game.

Comparison photos

And here are the rest of the answers! How many did you guess right?

Kindergartner game answers

I have vivid memories of kindergarten – gold stars on little hands for doing a good job; that small hill between the main kindergarten building and the smaller one where the really tiny kids went to; the two swings everyone fought over; the sandbox; the yearly school performance we all partook in, like it or not; the French toast my mother packed for my breakfast; the first time someone called me a name (it was elephant, because it sounded like my name, yeah, it took me a while to get over).

It was in kindergarten too, that I was first bullied. There was a girl, a little bigger than me, who would always try to push me off the swing. I’d get off, shrug my shoulders, and walk off. It was my first lesson in standing up for myself.

It was in kindergarten that my first true friendship was forged. Melanie’s parents and mine were friends, and our birthdays were 5 weeks apart. We were thick as thieves. We are still friends to this day.

It was in kindergarten that my love for reading and books was nurtured. I finished Peter & Jane quickly, and moved on to the ‘difficult’ books – Aesop’s fables, classic fairy tales, encyclopedias. I devoured words even then.

I loved kindergarten. I also had a dreadful haircut. What better way to combine those two things, get together with a fabulous bunch of bloggers (there are 23 of us!), and do something fun for you, our readers? We present to you:

Name that kindergartner

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 can also get to know some of the bloggers listed here, if you don’t already. You can have a laugh at our expenses. Don’t worry, we did. Now, go forth and play!

Click on this entry form to enter your answers.

Participating bloggers, in alphabetical order (click on the links to go straight to their blog!):

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

Natalie of Mommy of a Monster (and Twins)

Laura of Mommy Miracles

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Alison
Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).
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  • March 11, 2013 Brittany

    Oh first friends and all of the wonderful new things that come in Kindergarten. I just wish we had known each other then. Blogging is so much like Kindergarten in some ways, and now I might write this post too, learning the rules, being honest, making new friends there are so many similarities!
    Brittany recently wrote…Rocking Kindergarten Then and Now {Win $300 Amazon Giftcard)My Profile

    • March 15, 2013 Alison

      We would have been besties of a different kind – like night and day. Me bad, you good. 😉

  • March 11, 2013 Christine

    Oh I love this idea and how you all have pulled this together. And those pictures are absolutely priceless. It’s funny – I have vivid memories of preschool but not of Kindergarten except that I loved it because I got to go to the same school as my brother and sister. And I had to wear a uniform. It’s such a special time, especially now that I get to see it through the eyes of my son.
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    • March 15, 2013 Alison

      We wore uniforms too! I remember it still, it was a simple A-line shift dress, sleeveless (because it’s hot here), and it was checked white and yellow. Funny how I still remember it.

  • March 11, 2013 Robin

    Yep, it definitely sounds like the essence of you was there in kindergarten. I love your picture though! So cute.

    Big thanks to you as the genius behind this!
    Robin recently wrote…Name that KindergartnerMy Profile

    • March 15, 2013 Alison

      Amazing how personalities are formed so early on, eh?
      Thank you for playing (and working behind the scenes!)

  • March 11, 2013 Galit Breen

    I adore the memories that you picked to share, what you learned, even the tough things that made you the love that you are today.

    And I LOVE being part of this with YOU, sweet friend!

    xo
    Galit Breen recently wrote…Pure Fun, Kindergarten StyleMy Profile

    • March 15, 2013 Alison

      I like to think the tough things shaped me well.
      Love having you in on this, my love! xo

  • March 11, 2013 tracy

    Love first friends. You were(are) adorable. xo
    tracy recently wrote…Name That KindergartnerMy Profile

    • March 15, 2013 Alison

      You were pretty cute too! xo

  • March 11, 2013 Kimberly

    I still remember my first experience in being bullied. Kids can be so mean.
    Kimberly recently wrote…Kindergarten Isn’t Always EasyMy Profile

    • March 15, 2013 Alison

      They can. I just hope that my kids won’t have to go through that, at least not at that age.

  • March 11, 2013 Lady Jennie

    What are you talking about? Your haircut is cute!

    And that is totally like you to still be friends with your kindergarten buddy. 🙂
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    • March 16, 2013 Alison

      Cute for a kindergartner, yes. Dreadful by all other accounts. 🙂

  • March 11, 2013 Doctor G

    It is so much easier to walk away from conflict, isn’t it? So many learning experiences we all had in kindergarten shaped us. Thank you for being the driving force behind this project!

    • March 16, 2013 Alison

      For a kindergartner, yes. Although I was a little scraper of a kid, I didn’t want to get involved with the other girl – she was bad news 🙂

  • March 11, 2013 sarah

    not really surprised that you devoured words in Kindergarten and moved along to more challenging material 🙂 and how wonderful that you and melanie are still friends! I love stories like that.
    sarah recently wrote…Name That KindergartnerMy Profile

    • March 16, 2013 Alison

      We are, it’s 33 years and counting! She’s my oldest friend. It’s quite astounding when I think about it.

  • March 11, 2013 Jennifer

    We had a yearly performance as well, but not everyone got to be in it. Each teacher chose one girl and boy from her class. My teacher chose me, and I told her I did not want to do it. My mom was so upset. The biggest lesson I learned from that year was to not back down, but to embrace things.
    Jennifer recently wrote…Kindergarten, Then and Now {Name That Kindergartner Contest}My Profile

    • March 17, 2013 Alison

      That is a good lesson, Jennifer.

  • March 11, 2013 Tess

    I was a little stinker in kindergarten. My imagination always got me in trouble!
    Tess recently wrote…The Sick HouseMy Profile

    • March 17, 2013 Alison

      I was a scraper and slight stinker 😉

  • March 11, 2013 ilene

    Oh, Alison, what a fun contest!
    I had a bad haircut in kindergarten too as well as a rough time with some of the kids.
    I think it’s really the first time we are “on our own socially.” you know?
    Preschool is much different and the kids are observed in play much more.
    In kindergarten, there is more of a cutting of the cord.
    ilene recently wrote…Nine Things I {Almost} Know for Sure about ParenthoodMy Profile

    • March 17, 2013 Alison

      Sorry about your bad haircut and bullying experience – but it makes us better people yes? To be more discerning with hairstyles and learning to stand up for ourselves? 🙂

      • March 17, 2013 ilene

        Oh, I totally agree it makes us better people. More compassionate, for sure! And appreciative. I think you are inclined to be more appreciative when things don’t come easy socially when you are a kid!
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  • March 12, 2013 Elaine A.

    I could have swore I commented last night but guess not!

    I love that you still have a friend from Kindergarten! I kind of do too, we were in dance together when we were 4 so we actually met there but we also went to the same school. And another girl, that lived behind me, we still talk on FB. Plus I’ll see some people at my HS reunion in July. I stayed at the same schools all throughout so I actually still keep in touch with several people (via FB mostly, of course!) that I knew in Kindy!

    Thanks so much Alison, this is SO fun and love being a part of it! xo
    Elaine A. recently wrote…Name That KindergartenerMy Profile

    • March 17, 2013 Alison

      That’s awesome, to still know and be in touch with people from way back when!

  • March 12, 2013 Alexa

    I LOVE your redesign Alison! I’m sorry I haven’t been over in a couple weeks – the last two weeks have been March madness, but nothing to do with basketball! I also love this post and think it is so fun! I will know I’ve made it in the blogging world when I am invited to participate in something like this! So fun!
    Alexa recently wrote…Premonition or Self Fulfilling Prophecy?My Profile

    • March 17, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Alexa! You can always start your own collaboration, nothing to it! 🙂

  • March 12, 2013 Alexa

    Whew! That was tough!!!!
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  • March 12, 2013 Kiran

    I would have thought that kindergarten was too little to get bullied, but I guess there can be mean kids at any age. I love that you are still friends with Melanie to this day – what a gift.

    Hey – I like your haircut!! You rocked the bowl, darlin’!
    Kiran
    Kiran recently wrote…Kindergarten RulesMy Profile

    • March 17, 2013 Alison

      I totally rocked the bowl 😉

  • March 12, 2013 Leslie

    I’m always inspired when I hear about people who stayed friends from childhood. I moved halfway across the country from my first best friend before the age of 5, which basically nixed the potential for a lifelong friendship. Your picture is adorable, and I must check out all the other bloggers!
    Leslie recently wrote…{Friday Five} Saint Patrick’s DayMy Profile

    • March 17, 2013 Alison

      Aw, sorry to hear. But I’m sure you met a really awesome bunch of people where you moved to.

  • March 12, 2013 My Inner Chick

    OMyGOSH,
    You are toooo adorable !! I LOoooooooooove!

    Xxxx
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    • March 17, 2013 Alison

      Hee! Thank you!

  • March 12, 2013 Kimberly

    I win because I had a mullet/mushroom combo.

    • March 17, 2013 Alison

      You know that I will now demand to see a picture, yes?

  • March 12, 2013 JDaniel4's Mom

    Some of these are really hard.
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  • March 12, 2013 Jennifer

    This is really cute and fun! How awesome!!
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  • I spend kindergarten in Africa. The thing I remember best is the fact that we were allowed to run around barefoot. All the time. I still have trouble wearing shoes all day.
    Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes recently wrote…Stories I tell…My Profile

    • March 17, 2013 Alison

      That is so awesome!

  • March 12, 2013 Jessica

    Oh, so many little faces. I don’t think I’d win, but I think I know which one is you. You still have the same sparkle in your eyes. 🙂

    • March 17, 2013 Alison

      I’m the shoe-in for this one, heh.

  • March 13, 2013 AnnMarie

    I am semi-obsessed with figuring this out and at the same time, I am sucking at it. 🙂 What is with all the bullies in Kindergarten? It makes me not want to send Gia.

    • March 17, 2013 Alison

      I don’t blame ya – this one was hard, I didn’t guess them all correctly myself 🙂 And yes, knowing that kids are going to be mean, makes it hard for me to think about kindergarten for my boys. Ugh.

  • March 13, 2013 Kristin

    You guys all have such vivid memories of kindergarten! I remember, like, my teacher’s name. And that’s about it.

    It was Mrs. Landis.
    Kristin recently wrote…All I Really Need to Know I Learned in KindergartenMy Profile

    • March 17, 2013 Alison

      Y’know, I cannot remember any of my teachers, never mind their names.

  • March 13, 2013 Arnebya

    As you can imagine, kids had fun with my name (truth be told, asshole in a meeting today called me Armenia and people may have snickered. Was it wrong that I corrected him in the middle of what he was saying? He clearly just had a slip of the tongue but he didn’t catch himself. Oh well.) And it’s true: kindergarted is where it can all start book-wise. It’s true of me and certainly true for my oldest daughter (none of my kids could read by kindergarten and my husband and I were convinced each was broken. Every time.)
    Arnebya recently wrote…What Do You Remember From Kindergarten?My Profile

    • March 17, 2013 Alison

      I was obsessed with reading from kindy onwards! I was reading the encyclopedias from cover to cover. It was like a new world opened up to me when I finally learned to read.
      (Armenia? Asshole.)

  • March 13, 2013 Julia

    LOVE this and am pretty sure I have you pegged. 🙂 Also loving this new blog design my friend!! Looks great!!! xoxo
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    • March 17, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Julia! I was easy to spot, yes?

  • March 13, 2013 angela

    Gold stars on your hand! I loved that. Also? Now gold(ish) stars on your blog!
    angela recently wrote…Name That KindergartnerMy Profile

    • March 17, 2013 Alison

      YES! Thank you for noticing 🙂

  • Bullied in kindergarten! That squeezed my heart.
    You were adorable and so fresh-faced. So cute.
    Kristin Shaw (Two Cannoli) recently wrote…Kindergarten Roundup (Win a $300 Amazon gift card!)My Profile

    • March 17, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thanks Kristin. It’s okay, it toughened me up. 🙂

  • March 15, 2013 Greta

    You were so cute! It’s amazing the random (seeming) memories that we hold on to of such a long time ago.
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    • March 17, 2013 Alison

      Thank you! I actually have many memories of kindergarten, mostly because I have quite a lot of pictures from back then. I think my parents must have learned to use a camera at last. 🙂

  • March 16, 2013 Laura

    Beautiful memories. But bullying? Not nice. Not fair. This makes me sad for you AND for my children.

    I had a best friend growing up. We were friends before kindergarten, but kindergarten was the first time we got to spend every day together. Our birthdays were 11 days apart (our Moms actually shared the same due date). I was so glad we could go to kindergarten together.

    And yes. Still friends. I treasure her.
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    • March 17, 2013 Alison

      Yes, it wasn’t nice or fair, and guess what? We ended up in the same school until we graduated high school, and we were in the same class for all of primary school. She wasn’t bullying me by then, but I will always think of her as ‘the bully’. C’est la vie.

      So awesome that you’re still friends with your kindy mate!

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