My Grandmothers each lived in Greece for their schooling. One lived in a little village in Kastri, the other in a city called Chios. Each learned about the same things but in a different environment.
Grandma Nicky was in the village of Kastri. The local priest taught school, Father Angelo. He was very nice and generous and her favorite teacher. They went to school up until fifth grade. In those years they had to learn math, history, geography, grammar, reading, writing, and her favorite of all time, mythology. Like now memorizing you time°«s table was a must too. She had about six hours of school time and 1-½ hours for lunch. She would go home eat her lunch because her school had no cafeteria. After she finished her lunch she would go outside and feed the workers on the farm that her family owned. My grandmother played simple games at recess like hopscotch and jump rope. Unfortunately she could only go to school up until fifth grade, but she ended her education as a good scholar.
Moving along Greece you will find the Agean Sea and with that a big city called Chios. Most of the people were ship owners and became very rich off of the trade. Because of this, my Grandma Angie went to a well-known school with a great reputation. She wore a uniform as most girls did with a white blouse and a blue plaited skirt. In the winter she and her friends would knit socks to cover their cold legs. Around the schoolyard were ripened orange trees in a perfect square yard. Inside her school were two floors, an auditorium and classrooms. My grandmother had wooden desks and plenty of rulers. They had to buy their own supplies and so the desks were bare at times. The educators taught the subjects that everybody has, such as history, math, religion, geography, grammar, spelling, reading writhing, and mythology. Her favorite of course was history and recess. During recess she played hopscotch and jump rope. She also was the marble champion. Grandma Angie°«s favorite teacher was a man she called Mr. Harry K, she liked him because he was patient with learning and never hit you with °»the ruler°….
In seventh grade my Grandma Angie moved to the United States. Even though she was at a disadvantage because she could not speak English she was the best student in her class. Eventually she got tutored in the English language and was able to communicate very well. Like my Grandmother Nicky she was never able to go to college, but it was for a different reason. At the age of 18 she married my Grandfather Anthony (now deceased) and did not continue her academics of learning.
As you can see my family have all been well taught. Now in the future generation I try to learn as much as I can.
Created by Nicole
Update: 2003/04/25 00:56:43