Angela Amman

Name That Kindergartner


Kindergartner reveal 2

contest winners can be found here

Just over a week ago we submitted kindergarten paperwork to have Abbey transferred to a different school in our district, one that runs the IB curriculum. Though we aren’t expecting to hear for at least a month whether there’s space in the program, my impatient brain is pacing in my skull and trying not to keep track of how many days it’s been.

I remember my kindergarten classroom, oversized letters marching near the ceiling. D, in case you didn’t know, is for dragon, the scaly, green tail curving around the letter. We practiced with scissors, dull silver with perfectly round holes for chubby fingers, and we hung our bags and tucked our boots into cubbies in the back of the room.

Kindergarten… Mrs. Goodman… the memories of that year are joy-tinged light, beginning my love affair with letters and the way they piece together into words. I want Abbey to have a magical year, and my fingers are tightly crossed that she’ll enter a classroom next year in our first choice of schools.

5 year old birthday


She’s most concerned about her lunchbox. She wants one that matches her backpack, and if they don’t have the same pattern, well, she’s conflicted. “We’ll just have to look and see, Mommy,” she tells me, often, discounting the months and months between today and the first day of kindergarten. We talk about the learning part, and she shrugs, “Well, those parts are easy. But I really want a bird lunch box.”

I’m concerned with her overall kindy experience, and she’s concerned with shopping for it. (And for the record, she very much approves of the dress I wore for my kindergarten picture!)

I’m so excited to combine the two things, get together with a fabulous bunch of bloggers (there are 23 of us!), and do something fun for you, our readers? Introducing:

Name-That-Kindergartner (1)

It’s very simple β€” 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!

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 personˆ 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.
Λ†If more than one person correctly matches all the faces with their blogs, we will randomly pick a winner via
Λ†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 My Blessed Life

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Galit Breen March 10, 2013, 9:03 pm

Oh your girl is a love, and will be fabulous with you right there behind her!

So very happy to be collaborating with *you*!

Angela March 11, 2013, 6:07 pm


It’s a fun game, and I love reading what people remember.

Robin | Farewell, Stranger March 10, 2013, 9:21 pm

Here we go – so fun!

And kindergarten – I know! Sigh. Mine too. (You clearly have a much better memory than I.)

Angela March 11, 2013, 6:07 pm

Wheeeee! It’s fun to see everyone’s different stories.

Doctor G March 11, 2013, 4:42 am

Talk about developmentally right-on-target! You with your concern about her experience, and her concern about the perfect lunch box. It sounds like you both have a lot of insight. Enjoy – kindergarten is a great year, and I’m so happy to be linked up with you!

Angela March 11, 2013, 6:06 pm

I’m having fun with the contest, too! I’m glad to see our freaking out over completely opposite things is on track πŸ™‚

Kimberly March 11, 2013, 4:52 am

Kindergarten really shaped us as a person. I don’t think I realized that as much until I sat down to remember things about it for this activity.

Angela March 11, 2013, 6:05 pm

It’s strange how so much can be tied back to those years, isn’t it?

sarah sundayspill March 11, 2013, 5:19 am

Oh, good luck to Abbey (and you)! I know how stressful the waiting and wondering can be. It’ll all work out I’m sure πŸ™‚ My favorite part of Kindy was learning all the letters and words too πŸ™‚

Angela March 11, 2013, 6:04 pm

Isn’t that the best? Figuring out reading is just amazing.

Julie March 11, 2013, 6:39 am

I’m so all over this!!! I totally love this contest! πŸ™‚

Angela March 11, 2013, 6:04 pm

Good luck Julie! Some of them are tricky!

Alison March 11, 2013, 6:55 am

Abbey sounds like my kind of kindergartner! Let Mom worry about the adult, thinking things. Not that lunch boxes are not things to think about. Because they are.

Love doing this with you and all the other lovelies!

Angela March 11, 2013, 6:04 pm

Totally important πŸ˜‰ Where else would I tuck her little notes?

Lady Jennie March 11, 2013, 7:20 am

Aw – Abbey knows what really matters in life! πŸ˜‰

Angela March 11, 2013, 6:03 pm

Right? We wouldn’t want just any old lunch bag, right?

Jennifer March 11, 2013, 8:23 am

I recommend the Land’s End website for backpacks and matching lunch kits. They hold up awesome, and both can be thrown in the washer to be cleaned.

Angela March 11, 2013, 6:03 pm

Washable is key! We’ll definitely look at those πŸ™‚

Elaine A. March 11, 2013, 9:43 am

I love your dress too! πŸ˜‰ Abbey is going to be a super cute Kindergartener – I hope she gets into the program you want for her!


Angela March 11, 2013, 6:02 pm

πŸ˜‰ I hope she does, too. I know that no matter where she ends up, that will seem like the right place once we’re there!

Greta @gfunkified March 11, 2013, 9:44 am

Aw, love it! Ivy was the same way about her backpack and lunch box, but they didn’t match. Every once in a while, she still asks for a new one of one or the other. Not in the middle of the year, I’m afraid! A is going to do great, and good luck on the school choices!

Angela March 11, 2013, 6:02 pm

Her backpack is still in such great shape, even after two years of preschool. We’ll do our best to match it, because it’s not like Dylan is going to want THAT hand-me-down!

Kiran March 11, 2013, 10:15 am

She’s right, you know. Looking back, I remember how important I felt when I got my first lunchbox in Kindergarten. Huge decision. Like, one of the biggest I had yet to face.

Love it.


Angela March 11, 2013, 6:01 pm

Such a big moment for both of us πŸ™‚

tracy@sellabitmum March 11, 2013, 1:18 pm

I so love that she wants a matching lunchbox. She’s a girl after my own heart. xo

Angela March 11, 2013, 5:59 pm

It’s a major concern. Who knows what she plans on putting in it… she tends to still stuff her backpack with dolls, stuffed animals and random toys.

Tonya March 11, 2013, 1:35 pm

Best of luck to Abbey!

SO happy to be colabbing (so NOT a word!!) with you on this!

Angela March 11, 2013, 5:58 pm

Colab away! πŸ™‚ It’s just hard to believe she’s old enough to be in school all day, every day. (Not for five months, but still…)

Leigh Ann March 11, 2013, 4:02 pm

I just registered R&C for kinder. *sniff sniff*

I have been concerned with their kinder experience as well, and my friend who is an elementary school principal has been reassuring me that they will be fine. I’m going to hold her to that!

Angela March 11, 2013, 5:57 pm

Yes! Definitely get that down on paper somewhere πŸ˜‰ They will do wonderfully, of course, but it’s still stressful!

Angie Kinghorn March 11, 2013, 4:19 pm

This was my twins’ kindergarten year, and I’ve got to say, it’s harder the second time around! Because you’re not the one worried about the bird lunchboxes – you’re worried about reading levels and parent teacher conferences.

But don’t worry. You’ll do so well, and so will Abbey!

Angela March 11, 2013, 5:56 pm

Maybe I need a new lunch bag… and by lunch bag I mean fabulous new purse. That will help, right?

Laura March 11, 2013, 9:06 pm

I love how your priorities and her priorities totally don’t match up. I fear this will be a constant theme in parenthood. The trick is always to figure out how to get the differing priorities to stand next to each other.

Good luck getting Abbey into your choice of kindergarten!

Kimberly March 12, 2013, 4:14 am

I was concerned about both of those things. Chunky went to school all matchy match because I am anal that way πŸ™‚
I wish I had known about this…I have a killer photo of me with a mullet because my mom was a jerk.

Sharon March 12, 2013, 5:41 am

Love this post. Abbey is so cute with her request of a matching lunch box. I remember Mrs. Goodwin and loved her . She was the best kindergarten teacher. She loved having you as a student too. Hope you get your school of choice.

Kristin Shaw (Two Cannoli) March 12, 2013, 6:28 am

Lunch boxes are big time! I think my kindy lunch box was Star Wars. πŸ™‚ Your daughter is adorable, and so are you!

Angela April 8, 2013, 6:15 pm

Aw, thank you! I’m pretty sure I had Care Bears. Or Strawberry Shortcake.

Arnebya March 12, 2013, 6:43 am

I love that you remember your teacher’s name. And I do hope you get Abbey into the school of your choice. It makes such a big difference.

Kristin @ What She Said March 12, 2013, 12:17 pm

Lil’ Bit, at the tender age of three, is already talking about kindergarten. That is when she’ll stop sucking her thumb, she’s informed me. And she’s really eager to ride the school bus, even though some days she wants me on it and other days she wants to ride it “allbamahself.”

Meanwhile, I’m just over here going, “NEVER GROW UP!”

Corey Feldman March 12, 2013, 2:54 pm

How cute!

Jessica March 16, 2013, 7:24 am

Okay I had some I knew and some I had no idea so I may have picked the same person way too many times.

Brittany March 17, 2013, 5:56 am

Oh my goodness Sophia started Kindergarten this year and she still wants to keep looking for the perfect lunch box. It must be the big thing huh?

Angela March 22, 2013, 6:55 am

How funny! I guess it’s like women and their purses?