The Froebel kindergarten in Bad Blankenburg, Thuringia, is a small spot yet historic on its own. There, German pedagogue Friedrich Fröbel (Froebel) (1782-1852) established the world’s first Kindergarten in 1840. He also coined the term which has been used untranslated in many languages. Kindergarten comes from the two words Kinder = kids, Garten = garden, a place full of kids which actually translates to playschool or daycare in today’s setting. It is Froebel’s goal to help kids socially develop and be “nourished” before going to school. In later years, kindergartens prove helpful too for parents who have to work…they can be sure that their kids are taken care of, taught good manners and basic home etiquette, have fun playing with other kids and are eating good food…There, kids learn to find themselves; their capabilities and uniqueness and they also learn about nature and Science.
In my son’s Kindergarten, they also have sleeping hours for smaller kids, this also serves as idle hour for the bigger kids (I’m also reminded of my own Kindergarten years -24 years ago- where we bring our own sleeping mat and we would rest for a whole hour). ^_^ Although it varies around the world, kindergartens have adapted Fröbel’s ideas and most have been integral to the learning process.