Sunday, 24 May 2009

All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten

I picked up this book at a second-hand bookshop, and it is an enlightening read!

The author philosophises on subjects including, love, grandparents, nature, neighbours, motivation, progress and more. His main philosophy, the title, is expanded like this.
  • 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 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. Remember the the little seed in the cup: the roots go down, 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 little seeds -they all die. So do we.
  • And then remember the books, and the first word you learned, the biggest word of all - LOOK.
The author goes on to say:
"Take any one of these terms and extrapolate it into 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. "

Working in a kindergarten and being an adult in this world, I can testify that this is so true!


  1. OHHHH that is so good and so true...wish all kids took it home to their parents and reminded them as quickly adults forget when they grow up.......and the music is great love that song....

  2. Oh I agree! And I consciously often use the same 'tricks' for dealing with clients that I use for small people!

    (and thank you for your lovely comment!)

  3. Have you read his other books?? I love them all!! He is amazing!


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