Easter Washington University
BA Yes 1955 (Graduate Coursework)
I am not a young woman. I graduated from EWU in 1955 and taught elementary school for 5 years. Then I got married to a farmer and stayed home to raise our 4 children. I found that I was really being a teacher all day long with my own children. I made a fun learning experience doing everything we did on the farm. We counted many dozen eggs and learned to multiply by 12 at the same time. How long does it take to milk a cow? Well it depends on who is milking which cow. How can you earn money to buy a mini bike? Well, you could go out and cut the thistles in the yard. I said I would pay a penny for each one. Our youngest son came in the house an hour later and told me he cut 758. Where did you find so many I ask. Answer, I went out in the pasture where there were a lot more. I learned to be more specific. How many diapers do I change in a day? We did not have disposable diapers then so we counted and folded diapers and put them in piles of 3 or 5 or 10 what ever number we were working on to learn to multiply. Setting the table is a good way to learn math also. Science is fun to learn on the farm also. Just walk through the pasture and look for bugs or weeds. We even had a pet snake for a week or two. What do they eat and how often? Jumping rope is a great way to learn to count or your ABC's. Cooking when the kids were older was lots of fun also. However, I did not home school my kids. I just never thought of it. I read books all the time to my kids. They all were very good readers. They all read any chance they get. They were all good students and loved school. So did I. I thought as the kids grew up that I might miss them not being young, but I found that whatever age they were was the age I liked best. I still love to play with kids of any age. And I am so busy just being a wife and mom and grandmother and great-grandmother that I hardly ever get caught up on my plans. My life is full but I know that I still have lots of time to help kids do better in school.
I am not a young woman. I graduated from EWU in 1955 and taught elementary school for 5 years. Then I got married to a farmer and stayed home to raise our 4 children. I found that I was really being a teacher all day long with my own children. I made a fun learning experience doing everything we did on the farm. We counted many dozen eggs and
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