I’ve been thinking about how wonderful it is to have supportive parents like I have. I know my curriculum is important. However, it is often the little things we “teach” as parents and teachers that are most important of all. This is often called “the hidden curriculum.” For example, how to behave in different situations, to respect authority (even if we disagree with it), how to be kind, respectful and tolerant of others, to value the truth, and tell truth even if it is difficult to tell, how to deal with different types of problems we face, how to love and care for others, how to do good deeds even if we don’t benefit from it ourselves, how to apologize, how to remain positive when life throws us a curve, to do the right thing, to be fair, etc.
Thank you for your support. It really does make all the difference in the world. Thank you for teaching your students how to behave and supporting me when I have to tell you they didn’t behave as well as they should have. I am truly blessed to work with your children and you. The following poem seemed to fit this situation. I always enjoy reading it. I hope you will enjoy it. Happy Valentine’s Day! ~~ Mrs. Graham
All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
~by Robert Fulgham~
Most of what 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 sandbox at nursery 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. 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 some every day.
Take a nap every afternoon. When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the plastic 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 plastic cup ~ they all die. So do we.
And then remember the book about Dick and Jane 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 sane living.
Think of what a better world it would be if we all ~the whole world had cookies and milk about 3 o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankets for a nap. Or if we had a basic policy in our nation and other nations to always put things back where we found them and clean up our own messes. 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.