Physical Description: 2 boxes
Series Scope and Content Summary
The contents in this series include sample books illustrating Friedrich Froebel's "Gifts and Occupations" for kindergarten
students and a signed photograph of Kate Douglas Wiggin. The activities illustrated in the sample books were developed by
Froebel in Germany during the 1830s and were popular among kindergarten proponents in the United States in the nineteenth
century. Froebel created the concept of kindergarten, in which learning is based on play. He described "Gifts", or play materials,
and "Occupations", or activities, that were suited to the educational needs of young children. Kate Douglas Wiggin used Froebel's
theories of "Gifts and Occupations" in her kindergarten training course at the California Kindergarten Training School in
San Francisco, and they were also included in kindergarten instruction at the San Jose Normal School. The San Jose Normal
School's Department of Kindergarten Education, established in 1914, taught Froebel's principles through their required courses
in Kindergarten Theory, as described in the 1915
Bulletin of the State Normal School at San Jose.
This series is arranged by format.