Tuesday, June 07, 2016
8 and 19
When Kindergartens came to America, the blocks commonly used grew enormously in size, with adults claiming that tiny hands could not handle such small parts. But where did they think dexterity might come from but through the manipulation of small parts?
When kindergartens grew in size to classes of 30 children or more, the tiny pieces involved in Froebel's gifts would have been a nightmare for teachers. How could they manage to help thirty small children get so many small pieces put back in the box? Larger blocks as used in preschool offer social opportunities that Froebel sized blocks do not. On the other hand, smaller classes might find value in both.
Today I am beginning to get ready for my trip to Marc Adams School of Woodworking where I'll spend 9 days in class. I'll begin packing books to sell and boxes to use as show and tell.
I am also working on a short essay on the impact of Froebel's Kindergarten, including the development of Educational Sloyd.
Make, fix, create, and extend to others an example of learning likewise.