Welcome to Kindergarten

Welcome to the wonderful world of kindergarten!  It is now an academic grade with reading and writing expectations, but I also want this year to be filled with exploration and fun. This year is going to be filled with growth mindset and belief that I can try my best always.  This video shows what behaviors are expected to ensure optimal learning goes on in academic settings.  I have Karen Miyake as my aide and she will be supporting student growth and learning.  At TK every child can learn, so our motto is: We believe we can and we will.
All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten
by Robert Fulghum
All 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 shcool mountain, but there in the sand pile of 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
*Dont 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 thnk some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
*Take a nap every afternoon
*When you go out into 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.
Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.
Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think waht a better world it would be if we all-the whole world- had cookies and milk at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon and lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their won mess.
And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

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