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Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Tell Me Why |

When Did Kindergartens Start?

When Did Kindergartens Start?

Kindergarten is a classroom program that consists of children ages three to seven years of age. The programs range from half days to full days of school depending on the availability of the school system.

For most children this is the first step towards developing social skills in a group setting without the assistance of parents. Most children start going to school before the first grade.

They attend kindergarten, where they learn to follow simple directions and to adjust to school life. Most kindergartens share the objectives of teaching social skills, self-esteem and developing a child’s academic ability.

This concept was first implemented in Europe in the early 1800s by a German teacher named Friedrich Froebel. He believed that young children could prepare for future schoolwork through such group activities as working and playing together.

Froebel started his first kindergarten in Blankenburg, Germany, in 1837. The name “kindergarten” comes from German words that mean “children’s garden.” His kindergarten developed theories and practices that are still being used today in kindergarten classrooms.

His ideas were that children need to have play time in order to learn. Kindergarten should be a place for children to grow and learn from their social interaction with other children.

Content for this question contributed by Kathy Adams, resident of Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA