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NATIONAL KINDERGARTEN DAY – April 21

NATIONAL KINDERGARTEN DAY – April 21

NATIONAL KINDERGARTEN DAY

Each year on April 21st, National Kindergarten Day honors the birthday of the man who started the first Kindergarten. Friedrich Wilhelm August Frobel (April 21, 1782  – June 21, 1852) is credited with starting the very first Kindergarten in Germany in 1837. Frobel was a German teacher and a student of Johann Pestalozzi. Frobel laid a foundation for modern education, recognizing that children learn through play and experience.

The first kindergarten (which means garden for the children) was developed in Blankenburg, Germany, in 1837. The kindergarten fostered Frobel’s social experience for children, which would allow them to transition from home to school more smoothly.

Eventually, the Prussian government banned Frobel’s unorthodox methods. However, the rest of the world was eager to accept Frobel’s idea of kindergarten, including the United States.

In 1856, Watertown, Wisconsin, opened the first kindergarten in the United States. Founded by Margarethe Schurz, this kindergarten was a German-language class, as were many in this region. Kindergarten found its way into private English speaking institutions across the country, but it wasn’t until 1873 that it became part of any public school system.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalKindergartenDay

Say thank you to a kindergarten teacher in your area. If an elementary education career is a potential career choice, consider being a kindergarten teacher. Learn more about elementary education. If you’re a kindergarten teacher, share your experiences. Give a shout out to kindergarten teachers you know. Share your kindergarten memories using #NationalKindergartenDay on Social Media.

NATIONAL KINDERGARTEN DAY HISTORY

National Kindergarten Day honors the day Friedrich Wilhelm August Frobel was born on April 21, 1782. However, we were unable to identify the founder of National Kindergarten Day.  

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