Froebelian education today is based on the principles, pedagogy and environment promoted by Froebel. Many of these have become widely accepted and embedded in mainstream practice.
Where we see these principles in operation...
Key aspects of Froebelian practice and pedagogy are outdoor experiences, gardening, songs and games, the use of Froebel ‘Gifts’ and engagement in what he called ‘Occupations.’ Froebel’s original ‘Gifts’ are a series of specifically designed objects that were meant to be given to children to explore and create. The objects were designed to be used in open-ended play activities, and each gift was meant to help the child begin to understand the properties or affordances of objects in relation to him/herself and the surrounding world.
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For an account of the life of Friedrich Froebel, see Friedrich Froebel: His Life, Times & Significance, by Peter Weston (Roehampton Institute London, 2nd Edn, 2000, £2.00 inc p&p) obtainable in the UK from firstname.lastname@example.org
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