Our School Counselor, Therese Schreiner, has been teaching and counseling students for 52 years, and she has learned a lot on her journey. Every week she shares words of wisdom with our community. This week Mrs. Schreiner is telling us all we really need to know.
ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW
As I perused the many books on the shelves of my building’s library, I tried to think about what should the topic be for this week’s newsletter? After spotting one of my favorite books, it came to me. Write a topic both for parents and children of NCA.
This book is notable for its thoughts on common things. It is Robert Fulghum’s “ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN.” For you, the parent, this book is a highly respected, informative, humorous read. The following words found on the back cover I would like to share:
“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 sandpile at Sunday 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 are not yours.
Say you are sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and 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.
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!”
You have done a most noteworthy job of trying to keep your children on task. So this book will be some “Words of Wisdom” for you this summer.
I would also recommend a couple of books that challenge kids (and the whole family). One is entitled “Difficult Riddles for Smart Kids” by M. Prefontaine. The other is “Mazes by Highlights”. These are designed to test logic, as well as memory. They allow kids to see patterns and connections between different things and situations. Riddles and mazes combine fun and sound educational activities--a delight for kids of all ages.
Have a safe and healthy summer!