Inventing KINDERGARTEN (Canceled)
Inventing KINDERGARTEN (Canceled)
Kindergarten made the modern world, help republish the best guide to Froebel's system, the original K-12 design education for children.
Kindergarten made the modern world, help republish the best guide to Froebel's system, the original K-12 design education for children. Read more
About this project
Hello world! I'm here at Kickstarter to republish my out-of-print book, Inventing KINDERGARTEN, which first appeared in 1997 and became a New York Times Notable Book, was called "Revelatory," by the New Yorker, and won an American Institute of Architects award as one of the best books of the year.
With great pictures and extensive text, Inventing KINDERGARTEN tells two remarkable stories. The first chapters are a comprehensive history of an institution so universal it garners 147,000,000 results in a Google search while its roots in early 19th century nature study are barely known today. While the final sections delve into the profound influence of kindergarten's design-based techniques and play-driven pedagogy on the development of 20th century abstract art and modern architecture.
Kindergarten, the "garden of children," invented in 1837 as the first pre-school by German crystal scientist, Friedrich Froebel, was a means to teach little children about their place in the universe, and how nature designs. With music, dancing, gardening, nature walks, and play with a series of geometric toys Froebel called "gifts," children learned basic lessons in rhythm, symmetry, unity, creativity, interconnectedness, and self direction. Kindergarten, the best early educational system ever created, was designed to teach children how to learn!
Because the kindergarten gifts - like blocks and sticks, and paper for weaving and folding, were inherently abstract, an unforeseen consequence of the system's widespread adoption in countries around the world after about 1870, was it's influence on the development of abstract art and modern architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright, Buckminster Fuller, Le Corbusier, Piet Mondrian, and Bauhaus Masters Vassily Kandinsky, Josef Albers, and Paul Klee, were all children of the early kindergarten and it's geometries can be found in all they did.
Inventing KINDERGARTEN describes the remarkable history of kindergarten, includes a detailed, illustrated explanation of how the original system worked, and, with beautiful art and photography, explores its astonishing influence on the modern world.
But perhaps most importantly, as the best guide in 100 years to Friedrich Froebel's brilliant, but long lost ideal, Inventing KINDERGARTEN has had, and with your support will continue to have, tremendous positive impact on early education and children's development today.
Risks and challenges
Because Inventing Kindergarten was published before, nothing will prevent its return if funding is found. The book was produced before digital publishing but the photographic films have been professionally re-scanned and the layout replicated to match the original publication.The money raised here is for making the actual book - ink, paper, binding, jacket. There are minimum print runs that must be met and the amount of funding I seek is based upon simple formulas of price per copy. If our Kickstarter goal is unmet, it will not be possible to republish Inventing Kindergarten.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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