Monday, June 14, 2010

The Secret of a Kindergarten

It's school days once again. Since last week, i was busy completing needs for my kids schooling - books, school uniform and other school supplies, and not even thinking how will my precious kids apply the learnings they will gain from the big school, not until today...

I could perfectly remember one of my friend forwarded me a message on the things we learned in kindergarten. I wonder where she got that inspiring message. And because of the wonders of internet, i found out that the message can be expounded in Robert Fulghum book - "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten". As i researched more of him, I found out that he first published a simple credo then eventually became the phenomenal #1 New York Times best seller:

Here's what the book is all about...
  • 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 and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
  • Take a nap every afternoon.
  • When you go out in 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.

I personally choose my TOP 5 fave:

5. Don't hit people
When we grow older, people usually hit other people's back. Merong iba na talaga namang walang pakundangan kung makasait ng ibang tao. Those people must realize that thier children will eventually imitate their doings, haay... gising, gising!

4. Play Fair
Huwag umapak ng ibang tao, just to save your own skin. Imagine, kindergarten pa lang naituturo na ito. Absent ka lang siguro.

3. Put things back where you found them
...most specially, if the thing is not really meant for you.

2. Don't take things that aren't yours

1. Say sorry when you hurt somebody
It takes courage to say this, but its a sign of growing up and become who you really are.

Very Basic, but still are the most important in a person to grow with dignity, pride and honor. Sabayan natin ang ating mga anak sa pag-aaral. Guide them until you both realized that the basic thing for a person to have a meaningful life can be learned in kindergarten :-D


ellehciren said...

feeling ko sis indi sila nag kinder, as in grade 1 agad yan tuloy indi nila alam yan... :)

YAMIE said...

Haha, may point ka jan sis :-)