…I learned in Kindergarten. 🙂 Since today is the first day of school, I wanted to share a poem with you by Robert Fulghum. I’m excited to welcome my new students into our classroom, and a little nervous knowing that we have so much to learn and accomplish this year. Wish me luck! (*Obviously I had planned on posting this BEFORE school. Oh well. I added a little blurb about my day to the bottom!)
All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten
by Robert Fulghum
– an excerpt from the book, All I Really Need To
Know I Learned in Kindergarten
All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.
All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned:
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.
Warm cookies 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 out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.
Everything you need to know is in there somewhere.
The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation.
Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.
Take any of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work
or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm.
Think what a better world it would be if all – the whole world – had cookies and milk about
three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down withour blankies for a nap.
Or if all governments had a basic policy to always put thing back where
they found them and to clean up their own mess.
And it is still true, no matter how old you are – when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.
KEEP CALM & LEARN ON!
*Kindergarten Update: What a first day! Here’s the quick replay:
– 5 a.m. alarm, chill time with Hux, nice new first day clothes, and awesome time of prayer & meditation on Proverbs chapter 1. Really got my day off to a calm, peaceful, inspired start!
– 7:40 a.m. kids start arriving, and they’re off! Got a new student, up to 14 now
-8:00 – 3:00…fast & furious day, loving my job, remembering how beginning of year kindergarteners are like a pile of ants, always moving! Kept ’em busy w/ no nap & no recess to speak of (to hot outside!), but got tons accomplished.
– 3:10…you don’t gotta go home, but you gotta get the heck outta here! 😉 (No, not really. I pray, pray, pray that they will make it home via the correct means of transportation. Everyone did!)
– 3:15 – 5:15…more running around, prepping, cleaning, remembering how I lost so much stuff at the beginning of last year because there is literally just no time for yourself or to put anything away…
– 5:45 – 8:00…dinner, return texts, emails, and phone calls about how the day went
– 8:00 – 8:20…blogging to do’s
– 8:20 – no later than 9:30 I must make myself stop by then…finishing up a few school to-do’s from my couch
-9:30…soak in the tub, chill, ready for bed!
Whew! Thank you Lord for Your faithfulness and strength!