There was a book written a number of years ago called “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” that contained many little simple lessons that we as adults often forget. As a semester finale, the kindergarteners reviewed the importance of the Torah by singing the Little Torah song and focusing on the part which says "Tell me many pretty stories, Teach me what is right". The teachers reminded the kids that the Torah is filled with rules about what we should and should not do and that the big word for "rules" is "commandments." They then asked the kids to "put on their thinking caps" and come up with their list of the most important rules to follow so that people will be happy and get along with each other.
Here is their list:
Say "please" and "thank you"
Listen to each other -- pay attention to each other
Be nice -- don't be mean to people
Show people around if they are new, so that they don't feel left out
Play what your friend wants to play -- don't be bossy
Do not hit / punch / call names / kick / tease / pinch
Do not hurt others physically or with your words
Do not lie
Do not tattle tale
Do not brag
I hope all of us adults can take the words taught by our kindergarten students and use them as a life lesson. If we all do this, our world will be a much better place. Thanks to Ellen Simsohn and Sue Push for sharing these gems with me.