National Kindergarten Day
It’s a magical period in childhood when we begin to spend our days without our parents. The amazing journey of learning begins when we enter the world of other children, guided by an adult. We learn our ABC’s, colors and shapes and how to function in a world of other humans. National Kindergarten Day is celebrated and credited to Johann Friedrich Oberlin, who was born 21 April.
Johann Friedrich Oberlin was just 1779 when he realized that many children lived in Strasbourg and were left alone while their parents dealt with other responsibilities. Louis Scheppler and he formed the first kindergarten. This school was designed to take these children in and teach them during their free time. The German term kindergarten comes from the mid-19th-century German word “children’s gardens”. Frobel believed that children learn best when they have freedom to explore their interests. This belief is evident in the many activities such as singing, dancing and creative play that are available in kindergarten today.
This precedent was quickly followed by others around the globe, first in 1780, Bavaria, then in Detmoid, 1802 by Princess Pauline zur Lippe. Robert Owen, a Scottish entrepreneur, founded the first one in New Lanark in 1816. Samuel Wilderspin, a London-based entrepreneur, pushed for the idea and created hundreds more.
Nearly all of us went to kindergarten. If you are like us, it was a wonderful time of learning, snack-time and playing with new friends. A small idea in Germany became the basis for a learning standard that has endured the test of time.
Kindergarten helps children express their creativity. Kindergarten teaches children how to ask questions and find the answers. Kindergarten teaches curiosity and helps children to ask questions. The kindergarten helps children to become independent by teaching them to take responsibility for their possessions, clean up after themselves, do their homework, and develop basic life skills. National Kindergarten Day reminds us of these amazing days and the man who founded it more than 200 years ago.
You have a wonderful opportunity if you have kindergarten-aged children. Volunteer to assist with curriculum development and the joy of being surrounded by so many young minds at a place for learning. Kindergarten teachers love to have volunteers in their classrooms to read to the children, manage classroom parties, and help with small group activities. These children’s enthusiasm for learning and their laughter can be infectious!
Even if your child isn’t able to be there, show appreciation for the kindergarten teacher. A small gift or a heartfelt thank you note can make a big difference in your child’s mood and help them feel appreciated for their hard work.
Friedrich Frobel was visionary who believed that children should be encouraged to discover and preserve their wonder and magic. His ideas on encouraging play and interest-based education are still revolutionary today. It is fascinating to read about his life and passion for starting kindergarten. This can help us appreciate our children more and allow us to see things through their eyes.
You can bring some of the fun memories from kindergarten into your home to add a touch of it. Sing silly songs or do finger painting together. You can make a snack that looks like an animal, or you can dress up as a monster to fight it. Be yourself and embrace your inner child.
Research has also shown the importance and value of nap-time. So maybe you have some cookies and some milk, and then take a break to enjoy the sweet memories of kindergarten and get some cuddles from your child.
Storytime was a favorite activity for kindergarteners. Get a stack of books and read your favorite stories to your child. A trip to the library is a great idea to let your child explore all the possibilities. You can also enjoy the joy of being a child by reading books and drinking hot chocolate while you’re cozy in bed with a blanket or a blanket fort.
It can be fun to make your own stories after you have read some stories. Children have a natural imagination and can create silly stories to stimulate their creativity. Start with an existing story, and make your child a character. What would you do if the story was different? What would they do? You can also start over and include their favourite interests.
Whatever way you celebrate with your child’s birthday, it doesn’t matter what. The important thing is to spend quality time with them and let them know that they are loved.