This is the first comprehensive book about the original kindergarten, a revolutionary educational program invented in the 1830s by charismatic German educator Friedrich Froebel (1782-1852) that grew to become a familiar institution throughout the world by the end of the 19th century. Using extraordinary visual material, Inventing Kindergarten reconstructs the origins of the most successful system ever devised for teaching young children about art, design, mathematics, and natural history. Kindergarten - a coinage of Froebel's combining the German words for children and garden - involved not only singing, dancing, nature study, and storytelling, but also play with the so-called Froebel gifts. This series of 20 educational toys, which included building blocks, parquetry tiles, origami papers, modeling clay, sewing kits, and other design projects, became wildly popular a century ago. In a section of the book devoted to the origin of abstract art and modern architecture, Brosterman shows how this vast educational program may have influenced the course of art history. Using examples from the work of important artists who attended kindergarten - including Georges Braque, Piet Mondrian, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Le Corbusier, among others - he demonstrates that the design ideas of kindergarten prefigured modern conceptions of the aesthetic power of geometric abstraction.
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Adults over a certain age probably have similar memories of their first taste of school--the half-day kindergarten that featured singing, finger-painting, stories, and naptime. Whatever lessons we absorbed during those halcyon hours were not obvious ones, but we developed confidence, exercised our imaginations, and learned the basic schoolroom drill concerning school buses, milk money, and raising our hands before asking or answering a question. These days, kindergarten is a far departure from its earlier incarnation; instead of a loosely structured time to play and discover, modern kindergartens are more like First Grade 101, in which children are taught their numbers and letters and even assigned homework. Norman Brosterman, author of Inventing Kindergarten, doesn't approve.
Inventing Kindergarten is partly Brosterman's views about the importance of the traditional kindergarten in shaping the hearts and minds of children, partly a biography of an almost-forgotten educator, Friedrich Froebel, the inventor of kindergarten. In tracing Froebel's life and beliefs about education, Brosterman makes a strong case for returning to Froebel's original model in order to encourage the development of "a sensitive, inquisitive child with an uninhibited curiosity and a genuine respect for nature, family and society." Even if you don't agree with Brosterman's belief that kindergarten is responsible for many of modern art's geniuses, it's hard to argue with a philosophy that makes room for the importance of play in early education.Review:
Norman Brosterman's book challenges this change. He makes a strong argument, supported by lush illustrations, that the inspiration for much of modern art and architecture can be linked to the invention of the kindergarten--its playful rather than its academic incarnation--in the mid-19th century. -- The New York Times Book Review, David Elkind
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Descripción Harry N. Abrams, 2002. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110810990709
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