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Wisdom of the Hands: December 2010
At one time Froebel’s ideas had a profound impact on American education. Joy was perceived as an essential ingredient for effective learning.
John Dewey had described the influence of Kindergarten on his experimental school at the University of Chicago as follows:
One of the traditions of the school is of a visitor who, in its early days, called to see the kindergarten. On being told that the school had not as yet established one, she asked if there were not singing, drawing, manual training, plays and dramatizations, and attention to the children’s social relations. When her questions were answered in the affirmative, she remarked, both triumphantly and indignantly, that that was what she understood by a kindergarten, and she did not know what was meant by saying that the school had no kindergarten. The remark was perhaps justified in spirit if not in letter. At all events, it suggests that in a certain sense the school endeavors throughout its whole course — now including children between four and thirteen — to carry into effect certain principles which Froebel was perhaps the first consciously to set forth.
The Songs and Music of Friedrich Froebel’s Mother Play (Mutter und Kose Lieder).
The Songs and Music of Friedrich Froebel’s Mother Play
(Mutter und Kose Lieder)
Prepared and arranged
by Susan E. Blow
London: Edward Arnold, 1898
Read The Songs and Music of Friedrich Froebel’s Mother Play (Mutter und Kose Lieder) online at Froebel Archive Digital Collection or download as a single PDF
Mother’s Songs, Games and Stories.
Mother’s Songs, Games and Stories
by Friedrich Froebel
Rendered into English
by Frances and Emily Lord
London: William Rice, 1920
Read Mother’s Songs, Games and Stories by Friedrich Froebel at Froebel Archive Digital Collection or download as a single PDF
This CD is a compilation of music from two books. The first is the 1906 English translation of Fredrich Froebel’s “Mutter und Koselieder”(Mother and Nursery Songs), entitled “Mother Play.” The second is from a different translation in 1895, entitled ““The songs and music of Friedrich Froebel’s Mother Play.”
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