Ah, the good old days! Nap time, playgrounds, tons of glitter, and field trips that seemed a million miles away when really it might just have been the schools back yard. Some people claim that kindergarten isn’t important and that it’s really just a year to take up space. Clearly, these people never read All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarden by Robert Fulghum.
If you haven’t read this great book before I strongly suggest you consider it. It’s really more of a list of apparently random notes that really do show how much we learned about life in that first primary year of our education. What was the first thing you did in kindergarten? Don’t remember? The first thing you did was say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, which taught you patriotism and a sense of structure each morning.
Some other important things that kindergarten taught us are noted here all of these thoughts come directly from or have been adapted from Fulghum’s text:
- Share everything
- Don’t hit people
- Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you
- Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work some every day.
Now, let’s look at the real world applications of just these few tidbits from this great book:
- We need to share our resources so that we can truly live in a global age
- So many wars, so much violence in the world, its wrong, no one was taught that way
- Sometimes the simplest things in life are the most important
- Love what you do
Even if you never read this book, think about what kindergarten met to you and how sometimes we learn the most important things in the simplest of ways.