Kindergarten Knowledge is the Best


All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten

(about how to live, what to do, and how to be)

These 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 take things that aren’t yours.
  • Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
  • Wash your hands before you eat.
  • Flush.
  • Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
  • Live a balanced life–learn some, think some, draw, paint, sing, dance, play, and work every day some.
  • Take a nap every afternoon.
  • When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
  • Be aware of wonder.
  • Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
  • Goldfish, hamsters, white mice, and even the little seed in the styrofoam cup: they all die.
  • So do we.
  • And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned; the biggest word of all– LOOK.
  • Everything you need to know is there somewhere: The Golden Rule, love, basic sanitation, ecology, politics,and the sane living.
  • Think of what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about 3 o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankets for a nap.
  • Or we had a basic policy in our nation and other nations to always put things back where we found them and clean up our own messes.
  • And it is still true; no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

Robert Fulghum


One Response

  1. This has always been a favorite…Is it not simple and so very very true? Thanks for posting this, I hadn’t seen it in awhile.

    Your Welcome! Is this not so true? If only everyone could do this-wouldn’t the world be such a better place? If I could only teach this to my Kindergarten children this year-lol!

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