Teaching Talia

All I Ever Really Needed To Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Posted on: March 23, 2007

Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do and how to be, I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not that the top of the graduate mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school.

Theses are the things I learned: Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t tak e things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm biscuits and cold milk are good for you. Live a balanced life. Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon. When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands and stick together. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the plastic sup. The roots go down and the plant does up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

Goldfish and guinea pigs and white mice and even the little seed in the plastic cup- they all die. So do we.

And remember the book about Dick and Jane and the first word you learned, the biggest word of all: LOOK: Everything you need to know is in there, somewhere. The Golden Rule of Love, and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and sane living.

Think of what a better world it would be, if we all- the whole world- had biscuits and milk at about 3 o’clock every afternoon, and then lay down with our blankets for a nap. OR if we had a basic policy in our nations to always put things back where we found them, and cleaned up our own messes. And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is better to hold hands and stick together.

Robert Fulghum

My Reflection On This:
Sorry guys, but I can’t just write something and not reflect on it, even if it just a sweet poem!

Wow. What a great lot of things we learn in our early childhood years! What I’ve realised from this poem is that our basic life skills are learned in Kindy and Prep. We are teaching our kids the things that they need to LIVE, not just to be ‘smart’.


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Just finished my Graduate Certificate in Cross Disciplinary Art and Design with UNSW.




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