Ah, to go back to kindergarten with its glue paste, nap times and circle mats. It was a simpler time and with any luck, our kids will come out of it with the same life lessons we learned in kindergarten. In case you need a reminder about the simple things that make living with people a little easier — or you're anxious for your 5-year-old to start exhibiting those habits, here's a refresher course on some fundamentals teachers reinforce to kids at the very beginning of their academic careers.
While most kindergarten curriculums these days are a little more advanced than just teaching the alphabet and counting, kids are still at a prime age to learn how to manage themselves and their social interactions more independently. You might notice that your little one is becoming more aware of other people's needs and feelings, so they are very keen to identify with their peer group and want to please them. Additionally, kids are starting to realize there's a big world outside and they are curious to know what's in it and how it all works. Luckily, kindergarten is all about learning while getting students' hands dirty by incorporating fun, interactive, and social lesson plans to encourage learning and engagement.
So what does all this mean for adults? As we get older and responsibilities pile up, we seem to forget the basics of cleanliness (ew!), playing nicely, and making time for fun. Maybe this list will help you remember that while adult life is certainly not all laughs all the time, the key to happiness was buried in your own kindergarten classroom.