National Kindergarten Day

National Kindergarten Day

 

April 21, 2015 is National Kindergarten Day!

Did you know?

Kindergarten Day celebrates birthday of Friedrich Froebe who was born in 1782 and started the first kindergarten in 1837, in Germany.

Despite being popular in Germany, the Prussian government outlawed the schools in 1851. Froebe died a year later and it wasn’t until 1860 that the Prussians relented and allowed the schools to continue. 1873 saw the first public kindergarten opened in the United States, in St Louis.

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Source: www.daysoftheyear.com

 

Did you know?
Frobel was a German teacher and a student of Pestalozzi who laid the foundation for modern education based on the recognition that children have unique needs and capabilities.  He created the concept of the “kindergarten” through play and activity institute as a social experience for children for their transition from home to school.  His goal was that children should be taken care of and nourished in “children’s gardens” like plants in a garden.  Today, most states in the United States offer free kindergarten to children ages five and six.

Source: www.nationaldaycalendar.com