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Early Childhood Education - Educational Experience

Mathematics in the Early Years

Early Childhood Education - Educational Experience

Mathematics has been long regarded an important part of Early Childhood pedagogy. Since Friedrich Frobel founded the first kindergarten in 1837, he developed his ‘Spielgaben’ or ‘Gifts’ that embraced mathematical concepts of symmetry, shape and number. The series of gifts were the first ‘educational’ playthings and are made of natural materials and are open-ended, specifically designed to demonstrate the key concept of ‘unity’ that can be recognised in play.

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Values of Reggio Emelia

Early Childhood Education - Educational Experience

Arising from the ashes of World War II, it was a small group of women who broke with the traditionally dominant Catholic school system in Italy, to form their own preschool. This model preschool came to be known as Reggio Emilia approach. Significantly, it was the first Italian secular school for young children. In 1991, an American newspaper stated that the Reggio Emilia preschool was one of the top ten schools in the world.[2] 

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