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Friedrich (Wilhelm August) Froebel


Educationist, born in Oberweissbach, C Germany. He studied at Jena, Göttingen, and Berlin, and in 1805 began teaching at Frankfurt. In 1816 he put into practice his educational system, whose aim, to help the child's mind grow naturally and spontaneously, he expounded in Die Menschenerziehung (1826, The Education of Man). In 1836 he opened his first kindergarten school at Blankenburg, and spent the rest of his life organizing other such schools, as well as providing educational materials (eg geometrical shapes) for young children, to encourage learning through play.

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