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earlier theories of play

Again, still working with some historic publications… Brian Sutton-Smith once gave an overview of the history of play theories. To quote some of the bits I found interesting, he wrote: “The earlier nineteenth-century theories of play – those of surplus … Continue reading

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Kindergarten: the seed pearl of the modern era

Norman Brosterman describes kindergarten as “the seed pearl of the modern era” (p.7) In his history of Froebel’s kindergarten, he writes: “Kindergarten has been around so long, and is so familiar, that it is natural to assume personal expertise on … Continue reading

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History of Kindergartens

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? So, just a quick scan of the information available: According to Peter Weston, “Friedrich Froebel … Continue reading

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A dynamic monument to Auckland’s childhoods

This may seem random, but sorting through old papers, I found a letter I drafted to the Auckland City Council when they declared they would seek suggestions for the use of the Campbell Free Kindergarten building (by Victoria Park). They … Continue reading

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Children at work

According to the book from the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh (so talking about British history here), “In the past most children had few toys and little time or energy for games. They had to work. In the country Two … Continue reading

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