The first time I stepped into my kindergarten classroom, I was handed a pencil and asked to draw a circle (or maybe the letter "O" or a zero). When I finished, I was told that I did it correctly -- I started my circle at the 12:00 position, drew clockwise, and ended where I began. Twenty-whatever years later, I still don't know why it's essential to draw a circle in that fashion, or why it was necessary to begin my education with that particular "skill".
Here's everything else I remember about that year:
*Our teacher was Mrs. Murphy.
*Each student planted some grass in Styrofoam cups filled with dirt.
*Milk and graham crackers.
*No one really slept during nap time.