Written by Saina Doval, a grade 5 student.
Do you remember our awesome days in kindergarten? Playing, jumping, finger painting, and hearing stories all day long and there was no homework! Those days were the best.
Kindergarten is a class for usually 4 to 6-year- olds. It prepares them for the first grade. The children develop basic skills and social behavior via games, exercise, music, and handicrafts.
But have you ever wondered who invented kindergarten?
Well, it was Friedrich Froebel, an educator. He wanted kids to learn through play. This was such a wonderful idea! This led him into starting a kindergarten in Germany, in the year 1837. He thought really hard on what to name it and finally came to a conclusion. Kindergarten means a garden full of children in German. Friedrich thought it was the perfect word. It wasn’t long before kindergartens were started all around the globe. In 1856, Margret Schurz started the first kindergarten in the United States. At first, kindergartens were privately funded, but that changed in 1873 when a lady called Susan Blow started a public kindergarten.
Today 98% of the children in the world go to kindergarten to learn about basic life skills. Do you remember your years in kindergarten? I am sure you have many fond memories!
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