Today we celebrate Kindergarten Day, in honor of Friedrich Froebel who was born on April 21, 1782 and who started the first Kindergarten in Germany in 1837. He invented the word “Kindergarten” to describe the sunny experience that would cultivate children like plants and let them bloom like flowers. Children’s Garden = Kinder Garten
A great book for adults to read is “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum. Here is an excerpt from Amazon.com
All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten…..These are the things I learned:
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 for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
(Copyright: Robert Fulghum)
Today, live like a child……Here is a quote from Bill Vaughn:
A three-year-old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm.