The first kindergarten was established in Germany in 1840 by a man named Friedrich Frobel. He created it in order to help ease the transition for children from their homes to school by a year of half days full of simple learning and interacting with other children. His goal was to help children grow and flourish naturally like plants in a garden.
Today, there’s quite a lot of variety among kindergartens in different countries and even in different states in the U.S., but we still get to celebrate Kindergarten Day every April 21. If Frobel was still alive he would be 231 years old today (on April 21, 2013). Happy Kindergarten Day!
“Train up a child in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
P. S. For all of my wonderful Texans, and those of you who wish you were . . . happy San Jacinto Day!