Definitions for kindergartenˈkɪn dərˌgɑr tn, -dn
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
kin•der•gar•tenˈkɪn dərˌgɑr tn, -dn(n.)
a class or school for young children, usu. five-year-olds.
Origin of kindergarten:
1850–55; < G (1840): lit., children's garden =Kinder children (akin to kind2) +Gartengarden
kin′der•gart`ner-ˌgɑrt nər, -ˌgɑrd-(n.)
kin′der•gar`ten•er-ˌgɑrt nər, -ˌgɑrd-(n.)
a preschool for children age 4 to 6 to prepare them for primary school
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
kindergarten(noun)ˈkɪn dərˌgɑr tn, -dn
school for children aged 5-6
He starts kindergarten this year.
An educational institution for young children, usually between ages 4 and 6; nursery school.
a school for young children, conducted on the theory that education should be begun by gratifying and cultivating the normal aptitude for exercise, play, observation, imitation, and construction; -- a name given by Friedrich Froebel, a German educator, who introduced this method of training, in rooms opening on a garden
A kindergarten is a preschool educational institution for children. The term was created by Friedrich Fröbel for the play and activity institute that he created in 1837 in Bad Blankenburg as a social experience for children for their transition from home to school. His goal was that children should be taken care of and nourished in "children's gardens" like plants in a garden. The term kindergarten is used around the world to describe a variety of different institutions that have been developed for children ranging from the ages of two to seven, depending on the country concerned. Many of the activities developed by Fröbel are also used around the world under other names. Singing and growing plants have become an integral part of lifelong learning. Playing, activities, experience, and social interaction are now widely accepted as essential aspects of developing skills and knowledge. In most countries, kindergartens are part of the preschool system of early childhood education. In the United States, as well as in parts of Australia, such as New South Wales, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory, kindergarten is the word often restricted in use to describe the first year of education in a primary or elementary school. In some of these countries, it is compulsory; that is, parents must send children to their kindergarten year. In other parts of Australia, the term 'preps' is used for compulsory pre-school, and kindergarten refers to regulated day-care for 3- and 4-year-old children.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
schools conducted according to Froebel's system for the development of the power of observation and the memory of young children.
The Roycroft Dictionary
The greatest scheme ever devised--for the education of parents.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
From Ger. _kinder_, children, and Lat. _garritus_, a babbling. A place for babbling children.
Translations for kindergarten
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a school for very young children.
- رَوْضَة أطْفالArabic
- детска градинаBulgarian
- jardim de infânciaPortuguese (BR)
- mateřská školkaCzech
- der KindergartenGerman
- parvulario, guarderíaSpanish
- مهد کودکFarsi
- école maternelleFrench
- dječji vrtićCroatian
- taman kanak-kanakIndonesian
- asilo infantile, scuola maternaItalian
- vaikų darželisLithuanian
- ،كودكستان مهد کودکPersian
- grădiniţă de copiiRomanian
- детский садRussian
- otroški vrtecSlovenian
- anaokulu,çocuk yuvasıTurkish
- 幼稚園Chinese (Trad.)
- дитячий садокUkrainian
- اسکول سے پہلے کی تربیت گاہ اطفالUrdu
- nhà trẻVietnamese
- 幼儿园Chinese (Simp.)
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