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Why We Must Return to Kindergarten

Posted by: Rhonda April 18, 2017

What has happened to kindergarten? How did we go from the “garden of children” to the “new first grade”?

Two centuries ago, in a moment of inspiration, Friedrich Froebel combined the German words for children and garden to illustrate his revolutionary approach to early childhood education—kindergarten. He envisioned a fertile environment where young children blossom and grow into creative, free-thinking individuals. Through meticulous observations he arrived at the conviction that a child’s natural play and exploration is the primary mode for learning.

Sadly, this children’s garden has now become the bottom rung on the pressure-packed, test-driven, educational ladder. Focusing on inappropriate academic achievements truncates children’s opportunities for natural growth and development. For the future of childhood it is critical that we look back and see how far kindergarten has come from its radical origin. How can play be restored to this important year of a child’s life? Read this article.