Bringing the Froebel Approach to Your Early Years Practice

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Routledge, 2013 - Education - 134 pages
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This easy-to-read series provides an introduction to some of the most important early years philosophies and shows how they can be incorporated into your setting. Each book provides:

  • An outline of the background to the approach
  • Clear explanations of the relevance to contemporary thinking
  • Suggestions to help you to plan a successful learning environment
  • Examples of what the individual approach can look like in practice.

These convenient guides are essential to early years practitioners, students and parents who wish to fully understand what each approach means to their setting and children.

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the kindergarten and the influence of Froebel on early years practice? What did Froebel mean by a garden for children? Why did he believe that play is central in young children’s learning?

Bringing the Froebel Approach to your Early Years Practicelooks at the founder of the kindergarten and his profound influence on provision and practice for young children today. The Froebelian approach is not a method but includes distinctive principles which shape and guide practice.

This book includes:

  • A discussion of key Froebelian principles such as play, imagination, creativity, learning through self activity and making connections
  • An examination of block play and how this can be developed in contemporary settings

  • Froebel’s ideas on nature and outdoor play and why these are fundamental to young children’s learning
  • How Froebel used movement, song, rhythm and rhyme to provide key learning experiences
  • Examples of innovative practice and ideas for further reflection.

This convenient guide will help early years practitioners, students and parents to really understand what the Froebel approach can bring to their practice and children.


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1 An introduction to a Froebelian approach
2 Friedrich Froebel his life and his ideas
3 A Froebelian approach to play and learning
4 An environment for living and learning
5 Resources and how they are used
6 The nursery garden and play outdoors
7 The wider world of people and places
8 Block play
9 Movement song rhythm and rhyme
10 Adult roles and relationships
Key principles underpinning a Froebelian approach
Further information about Froebel and a Froebelian approach

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About the author (2013)

Helen Tovey is Principal Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Roehampton, London. She is a Froebel-trained nursery teacher, a former headteacher and a Trustee of the National Froebel Foundation. Helen is recognised nationally as an authority on the development of outdoor environments and has published widely.

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