Things Everybody Should Know

"It’s important that Everybody knows how to eat French Fries with ketchup and nuggets, and people should know not to bang their head," said Orlando.

“It's important that Everybody knows how to eat French Fries with ketchup and nuggets, and people should know not to bang their head,” said Orlando. I like to partner with teachers, who hear these words of wisdom from their students often.  I hope you enjoy these responses from children in Kindergarten to third grade who participated in a local school... I like to partner with teachers, who hear these words of wisdom from their students often.  I hope you enjoy these responses from children in Kindergarten to third grade who participated in a local school writing project, which asked the question:

"What does everybody need to know?"

The letters reminded me of one of my favorite books.  All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten, by Robert Fulghum.

It's funny how we grow up and forget the simple things that make us happy and help us to survive.

"Everybody should know how to fish,” wrote Stephen, “so they can learn to have fun."

Kyle very wisely tells us that everyone should know their manners. "If you are out in public with your parents and you don't have any manners, you could make people think that your parents didn't raise you right." 

Ever heard that before?

Ned warns; “Everyone should know that it is important to keep your mouth shut, because sometimes not keeping your mouth shut could bring major pain, punishment, or embarrassment.” and Nathan takes it a little further by reminding us that, Everyone should know when a teacher is getting to their boiling point.

Alejandra describes what everyone should know about being a real friend."A real friend is a person who will always be there for you and will never fail you when you need them,” she writes. “A real friend is someone you can talk to and play with and call on the phone."

Noel wrote that everybody should always listen to their parents, and Courtney cautions us that this includes, "Everybody should know not to run across the street without looking first."“It's important that Everybody knows how to eat French Fries with ketchup and nuggets, and people should know not to bang their head,” said Orlando. I like to partner with teachers, who hear these words of wisdom from their students often.  I hope you enjoy these responses from children in Kindergarten to third grade who participated in a local school...

"You should know when your birthday is,” wrote Davis, “so you will know how old you are and when to celebrate," and "You should know how to count,” wrote Bryanna. “It's important."

Rebekah wisely writes, "Everyone should know that there is plenty of room in heaven for everybody," and Elizabeth wrote that “Everyone should know that God loves them even if they are black, white, brown, good or bad."

Katie says, “Everybody should know that their mom and dad loves them and would stand up for them.”

"If people keep littering, our whole world will be like a big dumpster,” wrote Caleb. “We will be walking in trash and nobody wants to do that."

"Everybody should know that drugs are bad and they kill you and they will hurt your brain and there are consequences when you break the law," wrote 8-year-old Bianka.

Steven wrote that everybody should drive right and not cause accidents, and Kathryn said everyone should know how to shoot a bow and arrow. "It might come in handy,” she writes. “If there is a war and you had to leave your home and you didn't have a gun you could use it to protect yourself."

Hmmm!

Andrew writes that if you want to play basketball you should learn the rules, and Joe said everyone should know how to subtract, multiply, and divide.

"Everyone should know how to play together,” writes Katie, and Daisy wrote that we should all know how to tie our shoes.

“Everyone should know to be careful about planes,” writes 5-year-old Layla, and Jacob wrote,  “Everybody should know how to tell time, because what if you have a job and you are late?”

Valerie cautions us that everybody should know not to talk to strangers or play with matches, or get too close to fire.

"Everybody should know their presidents and how to love and respect each other," writes Amanda, and Catherine wrote that everyone should know school is important because when you learn things, you get better.

Sammy said that everybody should be honest, kind and careful, and Miguel warns us that everybody should know what they are doing to other people.

“It's important that Everybody knows how to eat French Fries with ketchup and nuggets, and people should know not to bang their head,” said Orlando. I like to partner with teachers, who hear these words of wisdom from their students often.  I hope you enjoy these responses from children in Kindergarten to third grade who participated in a local school...

Jose wrote that everyone should always try to do the right thing, and Celeste said everybody should know how to make a sandwich.

There were many more, but one of my favorites was from Jazmine, a 3rd-grade student, who wrote; "Everybody should know how to read and navigate when you grow up or you might get lost."

I think they are all right. If we remember what we learned and felt when we were children, life would be a lot easier to navigate.

Fulghum said in his Credo, “I realized I already know most of what's necessary to live a meaningful life?that it isn't all that complicated. I know it.  And have known it for a long, long time.  Living it–well, that’s another matter, yes”

One of the last quotes from Fulghum's book reads,

"Think what a better world it would be if we all – the whole world – had cookies and milk at three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankets for a nap. Or if all governments had a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess. 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."


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Deana Landers
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Story Comments

  1. What a precious collection of answers! I love how this age thinks!!

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Lori. I find amazing writing prompts in some of the answers I get from children. Deana

  2. Deana, Children have always been my favorite people and you have reminded why! Just hanging out with my grands is truly the best thing I can think of. Their view of life, their honesty and their total acceptance for everyone is a blessed and beautiful thing. Thank you for this endearing post. Jemma

    • Deana Landers -

      Jemma, my grandchildren are my favorite people, too. I learn so many things from them that I sometimes think I forgot. Their words are also where I get greatest inspiration to write. Thank you for your comment. Deana

  3. These are so sweet, kids are amazing. I have two grandsons 2 and 3 years old and I love talking to them.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Marla. Some of my favorite writing prompts come from children. Thank you for commenting, Deana

  4. Lynn Spencer -

    Kids are so much smarter than adults!!!

    • Deana Landers -

      Yes and we were kids once, too:) Sometimes I forget all the wisdom I had. Some of my favorite writing prompts come from children. Thank you for commenting, Deana

  5. So, so sweet. Children have the most amazing ability to say it as it is. I love little Layla's comment about planes. It makes you wonder what happened for that to be her words of wisdom. And Rebekah's beautiful comment about heaven made me smile deep inside my soul. Too beautiful

    • Deana Landers -

      Michelle, your comments always touch my heart. You are so right. Some of my favorite writing prompts come from children. Deana

  6. Favour Mike -

    I love listening to children as well as reading from them, and because they don't know much, the little that they know, they imagine and put in practice! And that is being sensitive!! My favorite is Courtney' caution!! "Everybody should know not to run across the street without looking first"!! That means being observant and careful in life!!...thanks Deana!

    • Deana Landers -

      Mike, Your words are very accurate about children. Thank you for reading my stories and for sharing. Deana

  7. Harriett Hitchcock -

    Deana, This was such a wonderful story. I loved reading the children's comments they are so sweet and really think about things that are important. My favorite comment from Mr. Fulghum's book is and always been: "hold hands and stick together". Wise words in any generation. Thank you for your stories. I love them.

    • Deana Landers -

      I'm really glad you liked this story, Harriet. I really like writing stories about what children think. Thank you for reading my stories and commenting. Deana

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