Everything I Needed To Know…..

I did a Google inquiry to find the words to the little book, “Everything I Needed To Know, I Learned In Kindergarten”. As I didn’t know who originally wrote it, I didn’t figure I would be able to find the little book on Amazon. Needless to say I was happy when the results that I was looking for showed up with the Google inquiry. I pasted a copy of it below, and I was able to find it on Amazon.

When you stop and take time to read all of it and really think about it, it makes perfect sense and it is so true.

Everything I Needed to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten

Robert Fulghum

Everything I Needed to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten

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 and think some and draw some
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 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 and hamsters and 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.

The last part of the little book will probably not be familiar to those born after the 60s. I’m not sure, but I don’t think that the Dick and Jane books were used very much after that to teach reading to elementary children.

For a long time I have wanted to do a post on this book, but I was not sure what to call it. The little book, in it’s entirety, is actually a children’s book. I have known many children who have had the book read to them when they were three years old and on up.

There is one subject that was not covered and that’s the subject of politeness and/or being courteous to your parents and other elders. There is almost no place to go that children are not being down right rude to their parents and other elders. My Mother taught me and my brothers and sister to always be respectful and courteous to adults older than what we were. We were taught to say “Please” and “Thank You”, “Excuse me” whenever we needed to walk in front of any adults, or to leave the table or room for any reason. We were also taught to say “No Thank You, but Thank You for asking” if whatever was offered to us was not wanted or needed at the time. These are important manners that every parent should teach their children.The main problem though is that the parents probably were not taught these manners either. Hopefully, teaching good manners to children will start being done again. Everything seems to be nicer when everybody is respectful of each other, and that goes for adults and children alike. Oh, I almost forgot, we were also taught to give up our seats to our elders as well.

My sincere hope is that you enjoyed reading this, and that you were able to obtain a bit more of common sense knowledge from reading it. To my knowledge, the book is still available at libraries and also on the internet, and like I said above, it is available on Amazon.

 

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