Volume 1 - Issue 2
Mr. Chung, chairman of Korea-Froebel, recently invited Scott Bultman from the Froebel Foundation USA to visit Seoul, Korea. The visit was a great success and has provided a model for how to revive the Froebel kindergarten here in North America.
Locus of Control as a Tool for Historians
Dorothy W. Hewes, Ph.D.
The Froebel Foundation USA (www.froebelfoundation.org) conducted its first board meeting in Grand Rapids on June 5th. This was the first meeting of the prospective members (Scott & Peter Bultman, Leta Stathacos, John McLaughlin, Dorothy Hewes, Betsey Hamm and Diane Herbruck). Introductions were made, formal procedures and policies were discussed and a mission statement was created. The annual meeting date was set for April 21st, to coincide with Froebelıs birthday. It was also agreed that we would conduct business through electronic discussions via the internet.
Thank you to Beth Bishop for introducing us to the work of Bradford Hansen-Smith and his Wholemovement books. For those interested in geometrical paper-folding, this is an exciting new area to be explored. A sculptor, Hansen-Smith began folding circular paper as a way to expand his understanding of form and design. Now his ideas are playing an important role
in expanding origami and the Froebel occupations.
New Froebel Books
We are pleased to announce the
reprinting of several classic Froebel kindergarten texts and the publication of Dorothy Hewes' new book on W. N. Hailmann. These books are invaluable to the study of Froebelıs ideas and necessary for the revival of his methods. We hope to publish many more titles in the coming years.
Gift 1 Available Soon
One exciting benefit of the recent Korea trip was that Uncle Goose Toys is now able to import the Gift 1 balls at a competitive price. Uncle Goose should be selling Gift 1 in North America by the middle of August. An exact sale price is not known at this time, but visit the FroebelUSA.com website for more information.
Cate Cochran of the CBC radio program "This Week" recently interviewed Norman Brosterman, Barbara Corbett and Scott Bultman for an upcoming radio documentary on the Froebel kindergarten. Brostermanıs book continues to introduce new people like Cate Cochran to this important history of education. Listen for this program to air sometime this Fall on the Canadian CBC family of radio stations.
FROEBEL MUSEUM EXHIBIT IN OCTOBER
An exhibit of Froebel materials at The Grand Rapids Public Art Museum will open on September 4, 2001. This exhibit is set to coincide with the Frank Lloyd Wright light screens collection travelling around North America for the next two years. The GRAM Froebel exhibit will be in place for 18 months and feature historic materials, hands-on activities for children and demonstrations of Froebelian methods for educators and parents. Email us for more information about specific events.