Kindergarten Day is observed next on Sunday, April 21st, 2024 (136 days from today).
It is a holiday to commemorate the birthday of the founder of first Kindergarten.
There is a magical time in childhood when we begin to live our days away from our parents' home. We enter the world of other children guided by adults and begin the wonderful journey of learning. We started learning about alphabet, colors and shapes and how to be a functioning human being in a society of other human beings.
History of Kindergarten Day
It was 1779 that a young man named Johann Friedrich Oberlin that many children in his Strasbourg community were left alone during the day while their parents were away handling their other responsibilities. Together he and Louis Scheppler founded the first kindergarten, a school intended to receive these children and teach them during these hours. Kindergarten originated from "children's garden" in German that translates to Frobel believes that young children learn best when they are free to explore their interests, and we can see that belief manifest in countless activities such as singing, dancing, and creative play at kindergarten today.
This create a worldwide precedent, the first time was in 1780 in Bavaria and then in 1802 by Princess Pauline zur Lippe of Detmoid. In 1816 Robert Owen founded his first company in New Lanark, Scotland, and then in 1819 Samuel Wilderspin pushed the idea seriously, creating a company in London, and then hundreds to follow.
Almost all of us go to kindergarten and if you're like us, remember it's a magical time to learn, snack time, and play with new friends. It was started as an idea in a small German town and then become the basis of an academic standard that has stood the test of time and has proven to be a hugely important part of a child's formative years.
Kindergarten helps children express and explore their creativity. It also teaches them how to ask questions and receive answers to things they don't know. Curiosity plays an important role and kindergarten teaches children that every question will have a certain answer. It also enhances independence by letting children learn to take responsibility for their possessions and helping to clean up messes, manage chores, and learn basic life skills. Kindergarten Day reminds us about a day when an incredible man started it over 200 years ago.
How to celebrate Kindergarten Day
If you have a Kindergarten child, there is a great opportunity for you to call these days. On Kindergarten Day, you should take your child to school and be teaching assistant, which makes you get a lot of joys. Kindergarten teachers are often excited to help with reading to children in class, helping with small group activities or managing class parties. The joy of learning and laughing from these kids is easy to transfer from one people to another.
Even if you can't be in the classroom, try to appreciate your child's kindergarten teacher. Prepare some special things or say thank you to a teacher, which can boost their mood and help them make effort for hard work that doesn't always get recognized.
Friedrich Frobel was a man of knowledge who believed in preserving and promoting wonders and wonders in children. His philosophies of promoting play and interest-based learning are still ground-breaking to this day. His life story and passion for starting kindergarten is fascinating and taking the time to learn about his life can help us appreciate our children and see things from a different perspective theirs more often.
If you want to bring a something back home, let share some fun memories you have from kindergarten with family members at your home. Draw finger pictures with your child, or sing some silly songs. Make a fun snack that looks like an animal and dress up to fight a monster. Do not hesitate to hug your child!
Even better, research has shown the importance of nap time, so you can eat some cookies and milk and nap in the middle of the day, embracing the sweet memories of kindergarten while getting some quiet cuddles from your baby.
Who didn't love story time as a preschooler? Take a book you like most and read for your child. Another better idea is to visit the library and explore the endless possibilities for your child's imagination. Reading a book, drinking hot chocolate, swaddling up in a large blanket in bed, or hiding in a fortress in a blanket are many ways to embrace the wonderful thrill of being a kid.
After reading some stories, you can create some of your own. Young children have great imaginations, and making silly stories can be a great way to spark creativity. You can use an existing story and pretend your child is the main character. How would the story be different? What will they choose to do? Or you can start completely new and incorporate some of their favorite hobbies.
No matter how you choose to celebrate with your child, it's important that you spend time with them and make sure they know they're loved.
ObservedKindergarten Day has been observed annually on April 21st.
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