All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten

Kindergarten. Good stuff!

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Good stuff like buttoning my coat and tying my shoelaces, “One, two, button my shoe.” That didn’t make sense to me but we learned it anyway. I also learned to say Please, Thank you, and May I. To share even when I didn’t want to, and to say sorry even if I wasn’t. Good safety habits like “Look both ways before crossing a street” and “Never hit back.”

The kids at Mrs. McIntosh’s learned to bow our heads and say a blessing before eating, and to be quiet and still on our little mats at nap time. I seldom fell sleep in the daytime but my imagination could keep me plenty occupied while waiting for the other kids to wake up.

I learned to count to ten and to write my numbers in big broad strokes. I learned how to grip the fat pencil and stay inside the ruled lines…

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4 thoughts on “All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten

  1. While kindergarten was a lot of fun, my earliest memories include Bible stories accompanied with coloring neat pictures of Moses, Abraham and Jesus in Sunday School. I’m glad I still have those memories. :)


  2. Enjoyed your stories…two questions:
    1) Kindergarten was 2 years long? (ie ‘I attended…..from age 4 to almost 6) I’m guessing then that this was more a preschool, not associated with the public school systems in the South?
    2) What’s a ‘Clarinet’? (from another story about cruising Main)

    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday afternoon, Bette.

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    • Thanks, Laura! Kindergarten was private – this was in the 1940’s! I started public school at age 5 almost 6, attended kindergarten from almost 4 to almost 6. A Clarinet was a soda fountain cold drink, flavored with some sort of fruity stuff but I can’t remember exactly what. Sunday has been a good afternoon! :)

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      • Hmm, I wonder why it was named ‘Clarinet” ? I thought it might have some (icky to me) licorise flavoring hence the name…or was it colored black and white? Interesting!


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