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What is St Louis Know for No 2 - America’s First Public Kindergarten

America’s first public kindergarten was founded in 1873 by a German immigrant named Margarethe Schurz. Schurz was inspired by the ideas of Friedrich Froebel, a German educator who believed that children learn best through play and hands-on experiences.

Schurz’s kindergarten, located in Watertown, Wisconsin, was free and open to all children between the ages of four and six. It was a radical idea at the time, as most children of that age were expected to work or help with household chores.

The kindergarten curriculum focused on socialization, play, and basic academic skills such as counting and letter recognition. Children were encouraged to explore their environment, learn through play, and develop their creativity.

Schurz’s kindergarten was a huge success, and it paved the way for the widespread adoption of kindergarten in the United States. Today, kindergarten is a standard part of American education, and it is widely recognized as an important foundation for later academic success.

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