Kindergarten vs. Kindergartner - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Kindergarten

    Kindergarten (, US: ( listen); from German [ˈkɪndɐˌɡaːɐ̯tn̩] ( listen), literally meaning 'garden for the children') is a preschool educational approach based on playing, singing, practical activities such as drawing, and social interaction as part of the transition from home to school. Such institutions were originally created in the late 18th century in Bavaria and Strasbourg to serve children whose parents both worked outside home. The term was coined by the German Friedrich Fröbel, whose approach globally influenced early-years education. Today, the term is used in many countries to describe a variety of educational institutions and learning spaces for children ranging from two to seven years of age, based on a variety of teaching methods.

  • Kindergartner

    Kindergarten (, US: ( listen); from German [ˈkɪndɐˌɡaːɐ̯tn̩] ( listen), literally meaning 'garden for the children') is a preschool educational approach based on playing, singing, practical activities such as drawing, and social interaction as part of the transition from home to school. Such institutions were originally created in the late 18th century in Bavaria and Strasbourg to serve children whose parents both worked outside home. The term was coined by the German Friedrich Fröbel, whose approach globally influenced early-years education. Today, the term is used in many countries to describe a variety of educational institutions and learning spaces for children ranging from two to seven years of age, based on a variety of teaching methods.

Wiktionary

  • Kindergarten (noun)

    An educational institution for young children, usually between ages 4 and 6; nursery school. from 1852

  • Kindergarten (noun)

    The elementary school grade before first grade.

  • Kindergarten (noun)

    The two levels between nursery and prep; the second and third years of preschool.

  • Kindergartner (noun)

    A child who attends a kindergarten.

  • Kindergartner (noun)

    A person who teaches at a kindergarten.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Kindergarten (noun)

    (in Britain and Australia) an establishment where children below the age of compulsory education play and learn; a nursery school.

  • Kindergarten (noun)

    (in North America) a class or school that prepares children, usually five- or six-year-olds, for the first year of formal education.

Webster Dictionary

  • Kindergarten (noun)

    A class within a primary school or a separate school for young children, usually between the ages of four and six years, designed to adapt children to the classroom environment before beginning academic training, 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.

  • Kindergartner (noun)

    One who teaches in a kindergarten.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Kindergarten (noun)

    a preschool for children age 4 to 6 to prepare them for primary school

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