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How Kindergarten Came to America: Friedrich Froebel's Radical Vision of Early Childhood Education available in Paperback
In an era of high-stakes testing and accelerated curricula, it is easy to forget that the word kindergarten means "children's garden." This enchanting 1894 account of Friedrich Froebel, the German inventor of kindergartens, is a refreshing reminder of the essential role of play and creative exploration in the development of children. Froebel was instrumental in bringing kindergartens to the United States and is widely recognized as a pioneer of modern education.
How Kindergarten Came to America is part of a series of classic books in the field of progressive education from The New Press, edited by bestselling author and educator Herbert Kohl. Each of these works, revered by educators for decades and long out of print, is illuminated in a foreword by Kohl showing how it resonates for contemporary teachers, students, and parents.
Table of Contents
Series foreword Herbert Kohl vii
Foreword Herbert Kohl ix
My First Meeting with Froebel 1
Froebel in Liebenstein 9
Diesterweg and Froebel in Liebenstein 18
The Summer of 1850 in Liebenstein 40
Visit of Dr. Gustav Kuhne 50
Visit of Dr. Hiecke 64
Educational Value of Festivals 79
Child-Festival at Altenstein 85
Herr von Wydenbrugk 101
Dr. R. Benfey and Teacher Hermann Posche 121
Dr. Wichard Lange 134
The Last Summer in Liebenstein 141
Second Visit of Diesterweg 144
Visit of Herr Bormann 158
The Prohibition of the Kindergarten in Prussia 161
Visit of Varnhagen von Ense 166
Teachers' Convention 208
The Year 1852 223
Last Days of Froebel 234