All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten

One of my favourite poems. If only everyone remembered what they learned in Kindergarten. Our world would be such a great place! 

1. Share everything.
2. Play fair.
3. Don’t hit people.
4. Put things back where you found them.
6. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
7. Say you’re SORRY when you HURT somebody.
8. Wash your hands before you eat.
9. Flush.
10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
11. Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
12. Take a nap every afternoon.
13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
14. 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.
15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.” 
― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten


  1. Darlene Schuller says

    How true this is too. I like this! I think I'm going to print it out actually and hang it on my fridge, we are never to old to be reminded, plus with growing children, it can only be a good thing <3

  2. Cheryl Grandy says

    These are some basic rules of life that it seems many have either never learned or have forgotten. Thanks for the reminder.

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