Reading about Froebel and a little of the history of kindergartens the other day, I got curious. What (his)stories are there out there about kindergarten?
According to Peter Weston, “Friedrich Froebel was probably the most influential educationalist of the nineteenth century. He turned common sense upside down by arguing that the most important part of schooling was the pre-school period. He claimed that the health and happiness of the individual, the family and the state depended on the quality of pre-school education, at a time when there was virtually no public provision for it. He invented the concept and word kindergarten, and he began programmes of training for women kindergarten teachers, at a time when teaching was almost entirely a male profession.” (italics in original, p.1, Friedrich Froebel: his life, times & significance)
HISTORY OF KINDERGARTENS IN AOTEAROA
Apparently, “The Free Kindergarten movement in New Zealand had its beginnings in Dunedin in 1889. It had its origins in a thought. The Rev Rutherford Waddell, passing up and down Walker Street, ‘longed in some way to help the waifs and strays who played in somewhat unsanitary conditions in that neighbourhood’.
A history of the Auckland Kindergarten Association / Brian Marshall. Auckland [N.Z.] : Auckland Kindergarten Association, 1983.
Seventy-five years of free kindergartens in New Zealand 1889-1964 / [compiled and edited by H. Downer]. [Dunedin, N..Z] : New Zealand Free Kindergarten Union, 
How kindergarten came to America : Friedrich Froebel’s radical vision of early childhood education / Bertha von Marenholtz-Bülow ; translated from the German by Mrs. Horace Mann. New York : New Press, c2007.
A history of St James Kindergarten 1913-2013 / Tania Mace. Auckland, N.Z. : St James Kindergarten, 2013.
Moving with the times : leaders in education since 1908 : 100 years of the Auckland Kindergarten Association / Judith Duncan. [Auckland, N.Z.] : Auckland Kindergarten Association, 2008.
Flags and building blocks, formality and fun : one hundred years of free kindergarten in New Zealand / Beryl Hughes. Wellington, N.Z. : New Zealand Free Kindergarten Union, 1989.
An early Wellington kindergarten as described by Ted Scott / compiled by Geraldine McDonald. Wellington, N.Z. : New Zealand Council for Educational Research, 1975. First issued in Set 75, number one/item 11.
Three’s company? : an evaluation of the effect of a third teacher in selected kindergartens / Anne B. Smith … [et al.]. [Dunedin, N.Z.] : Education Dept., University of Otago,