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Froebel's Method of Cutting Four Squares from a Rectangle
 
This page records he history of Froebel's method of cutting four squares from a rectangle. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

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1852 or before

This method is described in words in a chapter entitled 'Employment of Children - Guide to Paperfolding - A Fragment' in 'Education by Development: The Second Part of the Pedagogics of the Kindergarten', translated by Josephine Jarvis, which was published by D Appleton and Company in New York in 1899.

The original German text, 'Friedrich Froebel's Gesammelte padogogische schriften' (Friedrich Froebel's Collected Educational Writings) edited by Wichard Lange, was published in 1861. The Fragment must date to or before 1852, the year Froebel died.

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This method is also found:

1859

In 'Manuel pratique des jardins d'enfants de Frédéric Froebel', which was compiled by J F Jacobs and published by F Claassen in Brussells and L Hachette and Cie in Paris in 1859.

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1861

In 'Das Paradies der Kindheit' (The Paradise of Childhood) by Lina Morgenstern, which was published in Leipzig in 1861.

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1869

In 'Der Kindergarten' by Hermann Goldammer, which was published by Habel in Berlin in 1869.

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1869

In 'Paradise of Childhood' by Edward Wiebe, which was published by Milton, Bradley and Company in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1869.

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1889

In 'Royal Gifts for the Kindergarten' by Frances Post Van Norstrand and Alice H Putnam, which was published by the Standard Publishing Company in Chicago in 1889.

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