Parenting Abroad: American Kindergarten Versus German Kindergarten

Kindergarten in America:  A time when our little ones go and learn.  They learn to write their names and read small words.  They learn shapes and sounds and foundation math skills.   And depending on where you live, your little one will learn somewhere from between 4 and 8 hours a day.  But when we step back and take a look at the world around us, how everyone else is learning at this age, we start to wonder, is our learning culture a little too strict?  Are we pushing our little ones into learning how to read and write too quickly?  Are we even offering them enough play time during the day?

Every country does it a little differently.  Germany does too.  Even though we’ve borrowed the word kindergarten from the German language, it certainly doesn’t mean the same thing here vs there.  In Germany, Kindergarten is equivalent to our preschool here.  And the focus is more on social learning and play time then any academics.  Is one way better then the other?  Or are they just different philosophies in learning?  Or maybe, it’s just a matter of preference.

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