Katei Kagaku [Home Science], No. 130, July 1949

“Site Visit to the Kindergarten in Washington Heights”

The Home Science Institute (Katei Kagaku Kenkyujo), the publisher of this magazine, sponsored a visit to the kindergarten at Washington Heights. In this report written by one of the students on the tour, the author expressed her surprise at what she witnessed in the classroom. She expected to see children simply playing, but what she found was a classroom where they were taught life skills through play. The children learned table manners when they had snacks and, using toy cars, they learned not only how to drive, but how to fill the car with gas if it broke down. The school, she reflected, taught the children how to be responsible citizens through these small acts.