Kindergarten -- Children learn to learn
Literacy lessons to help kids get fit & healthy
Michael F. Opitz with Jennifer Davis-Duerr.
New York : Scholastic, c2010.
In this inspiring breakthrough book, nationally known educator and fitness, expert Michael F. Opitz and veteran teacher Jennifer Davis-Duerr share their classroom-tested strategies for combining ready-to-use literacy lessons with easy-to-implement fitness exercises. You'll discover how to weave fitness (physical, nutritional, social, and emotional) into your existing classroom literacy routines-guided reading, read-alouds, independent reading, reading and writing workshop-for the invigorating, mind-and-body workout today's students urgently need.
Testing for kindergarten : simple strategies to help your child ace the tests for: public school placement, private school admissions, gifted program qualification
Karen Quinn.
New York : Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 2010.
BY THE AGE OF 5, MOST CHILDREN IN AMERICA WILL TAKE SOME KIND OF INTELLIGENCE TEST.Whether your child is going to a private kindergarten or a public school, he or she will most likely be tested—and placed in classrooms according to those results. But information about intelligence tests is closely guarded, and it can be difficult to understand what your kids need to know.As an expert who has successfully taught hundreds of parents how to work with their own children, Karen Quinn has written the ultimate guide to preparing your child for kindergarten testing. The activities she suggests arenotabout "teaching to the test." They are about having fun while teaching to the underlying abilities every test assesses.From the "right" way to have a conversation to natural ways to bring out your child’s inner math geek, Quinn shares the techniques that every parent can do with their kids to give them the best chance to succeed in school and beyond. It’s just good parenting—and better test scores are icing on the cake.
How kindergarten came to America : Friedrich Froebel's radical vision of early childhood education
Bertha von Marenholtz-Bülow ; [foreword by Herbert Kohl] ; translated from the German by Horace Mann.
New York : New Press ; New York : Distributed by W. W. Norton & Co., 2007.
In an era of high-stakes testing and accelerated curricula, it is easy to forget that the word kindergarten means "children's garden." This enchanting 1894 account of Friedrich Froebel, the German inventor of kindergartens, is a refreshing reminder of the essential role of play and creative exploration in the development of children. Froebel was instrumental in bringing kindergartens to the United States and is widely recognized as a pioneer of modern education.
24-week health plan
by Karen Breitbart.
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Totline Publications, c2006.
  1. "Teacher resource"--Cover.
  2. Grade Pre-K.
The giant encyclopedia of kindergarten activities : over 600 activities created by teachers for teachers
edited by Kathy Charner, Maureen Murphy, and Jennifer Ford.
Beltsville, MD : Gryphon House, c2004.
Tested by teachers in their own classrooms, the 600 educational activities collected in this book are designed to help five-year-olds develop physical, cognitive, language, and social skills, and are divided into 24 themes, such as art, games, holidays, math, music, outdoor play, nature, and snacks. Each idea lists the materials needed, directions for carrying out the activity, and related books. Annotation #169;2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
The between the lions book for parents : everything you need to know to help your child learn to read
Linda K. Rath and Louise Kennedy ; with a foreword by Christopher Cerf.
New York, NY : HarperResource, c2004.
This lively and much-needed guide for parents is chock full of information, activities, and tips for helping their children learn to read, based on the award-winning PBS series. Line art throughout.

Today over 3 million children in the U.S. attend kindergarten. But the concept of providing children the opportunity to 'learn how to learn' is less than 200 years old.


The word kindergarten comes from two German words meaning garden of children.

German educator Friedrich Frobel created the word to convey his belief that in the proper environment children's minds grow like plants in a garden.

(more about Friedrich Frobel's ideas)

St. Louis played an important role in the history of kindergartens. Under the leadership of local educator Susan Blow, the first public school kindergarten started in St. Louis.

In 1873 Susan Blow influenced the superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools, William Torrey Harris, to initiate a kindergarten program in the public schools beginning at the Des Peres school in Carondelet.

The St. Louis program grew to 53 kindergarten classrooms by 1879. By 1881, kindergartens were in all sections of the City of St. Louis. By the 1920 kindergartens became a commonplace part of early childhood education, but not without the help of early leaders like Susan Blow.

Susan Blow believed ‘kindergarten should be a time of learning through play and creativity.' That idea continues in today's kindergartens. Kindergarten teachers, supported by parents, work to help children learn through playing and creative activities, to increase the child's confidence, and to become comfortable in groups.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff