Kindergarten Rocks!

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten

by Robert Fulghum

Photo: Panda chewing on bamboo

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 sand pile at school. These are the things I


*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.


*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


*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.

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 one of those item and extrapolate it into

sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or

your work or government or your world and it holds true and

clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we allthe

whole world-had cookies and milk at about 3o’clock in the

afternoon and lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all

governments had as a basic policy to always put things 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

in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

Photo: Panda chewing on bamboo