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Where did Kindergarten come from?

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The name Kindergarten came from a German word, term and concept [ˈkɪndɐˌɡaːɐ̯tn̩], which means literally “garden for the children.” Kindergarten is a preschool educational approach traditionally based on playing, singing, practical activities such as drawing, and social interaction as part of the transition from home to school. The first such institutions were created in the late 18th Century in Bavaria and Strasbourg to serve children both of whose parents worked out of the home.

The term Kindergarten was coined by the German Friedrich Fröbel whose approach globally influenced early-years education. Today, the term is used in many countries to describe a variety of educational institutions and learning spaces for children ranging from two to seven years of age, based on a variety of teaching methods.