Training School Kindergarten First Floor - Room 24.


Training School Kindergarten First Floor - Room 24.
This image depicts a Kindergarten Training School class, which was considered to be a precursor to the “Primary Grades” beginning in first grade. Students as young as four were admitted into the Kindergarten class. The coursework for kindergarteners at the Normal School was rather craft-centric as the register book notes that the children were instructed in over eight different types of crafting from clay-modeling to mat-weaving. Student teachers who wished to work with the Kindergarteners were required to have the ability to sing simple tunes correctly as well as possess “knowledge of pianoforte playing as is required to render the songs and marches of the Kindergarten” in order to graduate.
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Black-and-white photography, Student teachers, Boys, Girls, Kindergarten, Students
Michigan State Normal School, Ypsilanti, MI