Mom's Kindergarten Classroom
I helped my mom pack up her personal items from her classroom today (she just retired). Somehow knowing that this would be the last time I would have unlimited access to photographing a kindergarten classroom just made be go over-the-top with photos. I shot just about every corner of this place. Having grown up with a grade school teacher as a mom, a lot of these shots have a personal nostalgia for me that goes beyond the general childhood nostalgia that most people can pull from these photos. The Califone record player in here just about made me fall down laughing. Records must seem like the most antique things in the world to a kindergartner in 2007, yet here's a huge collection of vinyl gems still in heavy rotation. The rest of these shots are just me appreciating the details of this ancient classroom--the speckled linoleum, bulletin boards, crayon bins, coat hooks, chair legs, puppets, puzzles, stacks of multi-colored containers. Coming from a workplace filled with high-tech, modern design, it just seemed unbeleiveable to me that places like this still exist. This is still how America's kindergartens look. It's heartwarming on one hand, but also somewhat shocking that schools (or at least their facilities) have seemingly not changed a bit for the past 30 years.