Life Lessons Learnt In Kindergarten

Danielle wrote a light and funny post on some common sense manners learnt when she was five, of which still applies today in adulthood. Then, Mindy shared an excerpt from a book in the comments section which I think is cute, sweet yet so practical and inspiring.

It made me realise that sometimes we can be so caught up with our daily lives, worrying about our job and money, we forget about the most simple and basic rules we learned as kids that would help put our life in order in some way or another.

I am sharing the said excerpt from the book “All I Really Need To Know, I Learned In Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum here today. Enjoy!

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:

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 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.

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 with our 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.

© Copyright Robert Fulghum, 1990. Excerpt from “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten”, Villard Books: New York, 1990, page 6-7.


14 comments on “Life Lessons Learnt In Kindergarten

  1. theveryhungrybookworm says:

    I read these to my classes on the first day of school every year to break the ice. Great excerpt.

  2. vixter2010 says:

    I’d quite like the aftermoon rule to still apply 🙂

  3. Margie says:

    Robert Fulghum has a blog at
    I love his writing!

  4. Love it! Especially to remember to “Look”. Thanks for sharing. diane

  5. Thanks for the shout out Tien! Kids keep it simple. Adults complicate things. I always say I have 2 rules: Do your best and be nice.

  6. Khanum says:

    beautiful post, Tien! 🙂 Especially the points, “Don’t Hit people” and “Always Flush” ! 😛

  7. D... says:

    Now that I think about it, should these sort of rules be read out on the first day of a new job or new team….would it help?

    • Tien says:

      Hmmm…..I think it would. At least a little…like “Play fair” and “Clean up your own mess” definitely applies. Not too sure about “Take a nap every afternoon” though….LOL!

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