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September 1, 2011


 September always meant back to 
school to me.  
In Michigan we've wavered between 
starting school the last week of August 
or just after Labor Day in September.  
They finally decided unanimously to 
stick with after Labor Day.

Do you remember the Dick and Jane books? 
I started my school years with these!  
After researching I learned they started these in the 1930's and they went through the 1970's

The books relied on the whole word or sight word reading method, (not to be confused with whole language) and repetition, using phrases like, "Oh, see. Oh, see Jane. Funny, funny Jane," but they did not totally ignore phonics
 Ah, the good ole' days!
 I think our value systems have changed a lot- don't you!

I hope you all enjoy this Labor Day weekend and find a way to relax and not "labor" too much!

I leave you with this lovely poem~
~  Helen Hunt Jackson, September
By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.


  1. Oh, what a beautiful Sept. post dear Liz! It took me instantly to memmorie lane, specially to the Dick and Jane reading books, so cute it was. I just did a fall tablescape to honor Autumn that's very soon at your doors. See you later! Lots of hugs. FABBY

  2. This brings back memories of my children going off to school. Each year it was bottersweet to see them go. I LOVED being a stay at home Mom! I misss those days alot, especially since I don't have any grands. I LOVE fall, it is now my favorite season. XO, Pinky

  3. What wonderful memories! Have a great long weekend, Liz! XOXO

  4. Sweet post that's sure to evoke nostalgic feelings in all of us, Liz. Nicely done!

    Hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

    Warmest regards,

  5. Great post Liz. So creative and so true. Lots of memories.
    the poem is perfect.

  6. Hi lovely lady.
    I also have great memories of my three sons getting on the school Bus!!! This is sweet post Liz.
    I hope you and your family have a great weekend.
    XXOO Diane

  7. What a wonderful post! LOVE those books too. Things have definitely changed, though! Sorry I have been MIA, but I"m hoping to get back in the swing of things:-)

  8. Our schools start after Labor Day too Liz. Tons of school buses this morning! You tend to forget about them over the summer and then suddenly they are everywhere! I loved those books too and hadn't thought about them for years. Thanks for the reminder this morning. Hope you had a good weekend.


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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