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Young children, the outdoors and nature
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1.2 Visiting the archive

You will now have the opportunity to take some time to be a visitor to the archive yourself.

Activity 1 Exploring the Froebel Archive

Timing: Allow about 20 minutes

Explore the resources in the Froebel Archive [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] and find one that interests you. If you are not sure where to start, you may like to choose either ‘Froebel’s Letters on the Kindergarten’ or ‘Pamphlets on Froebel’s principles’. As you search, respond to the questions below. You can record your responses in your Learning journal or the text box below.

  • Why did you choose it?
  • What did it make you think?
  • What did you learn?
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Here is an example answer.

Chosen resource Pamphlets on Froebel’s Principles >THE KINDERGARTEN and Its Influence on Industrial Activity in After Life.
Why did you choose it? I thought it had an interesting and intriguing title and the word ‘pamphlet’ made me think it might involve a more practical and concise discussion of Froebel’s ideas.
What did it make you think? It made me think about the contexts in which Froebel’s ideas were being introduced and how ground breaking these ideas were, particularly in terms of what it meant to be a child. For example, in the context of the kindergartens being opened in the poor areas of San Francisco, the children are described as ‘little bandits…whose only occupation till then had been to rob and steal and destroy’ (p. 2).
What did you learn? I learned more about Froebel’s thinking on the purpose of education and why it is as important to engage the hands, through active learning, as it is to engage the head. It also showed how Froebel’s ideas reflected current day thinking about links between the setting and home.

To finish this section, you might like to listen to Kornelia talking about her favourite objects in the archive.

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