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Henriette Schrader-Breymann 1827-1899

A student of Friedrich Froebel, she was with him at Bad Liebenstein in Thuringia, when Baroness von Marenholtz-Buelow met Froebel for the first time.

The German word, Oheim is a term of respect for a male relative, which lacks an precise equivalent in English. It is often translated into English as uncle creating the impression that Henriette was Friedrich's niece. In fact Henriette Schrader-Breymann's mother was a cousin of Friedrich Froebel.

The Pestalozzi Fröbel Haus dates back to 1874 when Henriette Schrader- Breymann founded the "Berliner Verein für Volkserziehung". She had already worked as a Kindergartner (Volkskindergarten) and a lecturer when she started to educate women for working with children. The Pestalozzi Fröbel Haus was one of the first institutions which gave the opportunity to women to get a professional training in Berlin and one of the first in Germany which started to train early childhood teachers (Kindergartners, Erzieher).

Schrader-Breymann opposed the mechanical training of children, and tried to change the Kindergarten into a more home like place, without strict discipline. She also used domestic work as a new part of the curriculum, together with play, work and learning as three important ways to develop the child. The first Swedish Kindergarten teachers were trained by Schrader-Breymann at Pestalozzi Fröbel Haus in Berlin.

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Henriette Schrader-Breymann

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