As parents and grandparents, nothing is more rewarding than watching a young child learn new things. April 21, 2010 is Kindergarten Day and it’s the perfect time to recognize young kindergartners or soon-to-be kindergartners. It’s also a great time to reminisce about your first kindergarten experiences and communicate new stories to your children.
The first Kindergarten Day
Friedrich Froebel was born on April 21, 1782 and he started the first kindergarten program in Germany. After many years, kindergarten became an important part of educational systems. It became very popular and has evolved into a world-wide strategy for teaching children. It originally began as a way to introduce children to learning, social interaction, and school in a fun way.
Kindergarten Day is celebrated on April 21 each year in honor and memory of Friedrich Froebel.
Celebrating Kindergarten Day in Richmond
Whether schools in Richmond, Virginia officially celebrate Kindergarten Day or not, don’t let that deter you from enjoying special memories with your children or grandchildren. There are many ways to enjoy April 21 and remind children about the value and importance of learning something new every day. Explain that kindergarten is the first formal setting for structured learning and socialization.
Enjoy time with your grandchildren or children on Kindergarten Day and include some of these activities:
- Ask children to write a story about their first day in kindergarten and share it.
- Tell stories of your first experiences in kindergarten.
- Draw pictures to demonstrate activities for kindergarten children.
- Play kindergarten level games with children of all ages.
- Create a picture collage using lots of pictures from the child’s kindergarten year.
- Visit a local Richmond park, museum, or historical site and talk about how important it is to continue learning every day of your life.
- Visit a local library and check out books related to kindergarten.
- Visit a child’s kindergarten class and volunteer to help with special activities.
- Make a Kindergarten Day celebration cake or cupcakes with the children.
When children recognize how important kindergarten is to their lives and how it important it is to continue learning new things every day for the rest of their lives, they become better educated. Encouragement from grandparents and parents makes children want to accomplish and learn more. Kindergarten Day is a good day to remind them about these things and engage in some fun, educational activities.
Everyone needs to understand the value of lifelong learning that starts when we are babies.