International Society of Women Educators

Alpha Nu Chapter President Anna Marie Bonafide (right) presented Pi State Past President Jeanne Schenk with a signed copy of The First Kindergarten by Johannes Froebel Parker to thank her for being Guest speaker at their March Chapter meeting at Quarry Restaurant in Greene County.

Pi State Past President Jeanne Schenk proudly spoke of the diverse group of women educators making up the Delta Kappa Gamma Society around the world and how active each member is in her school and community. Schenk talked about the opportunities for networking at meetings with other educators, and the importance of mentoring early educators. The past president also shared information on International and Pi State scholarship opportunities, DKG funds for travel and study, and the Pi State Educational Foundation that funds many chapter programs in the state.

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is a professional honor society for women educators with more than 95,000 members. Established in 17 member countries around the world, the Society defines its mission as promoting professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

Gardens for Children

The first Kindergarten in Bad blankenburg included a garden for children to plant seeds and care for plants.


Friedrich Froebel introduced the concept of gardens for children, where they could participate in all aspects of growing, harvesting, and preparing nutritious, seasonal produce. As educational tools, these gardens provide real world applications of core mathematical concepts.

The Edible Schoolyard educates children about the connections between food, health, and the environment through activities which are fully integrated into the curriculum.


Robert Louis Stevenson wrote about Blocks

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson, 1850-1894, wrote about the blocks Friedrich Froebel designed for the  first Kindergarten, Froebelgaben.


What are you able to build with your blocks?
Castles and palaces, temples and docks.
Rain may keep raining, and others go roam,
But I can be happy and building at home.

Let the sofa be mountains, the carpet be sea,
There I’ll establish a city for me:
A kirk and a mill and a palace beside,
And a harbour as well where my vessels may ride.

Great is the palace with pillar and wall,
A sort of a tower on the top of it all,
And steps coming down in an orderly way
To where my toy vessels lie safe in the bay.

This one is sailing and that one is moored:
Hark to the song of the sailors on board!
And see on the steps of my palace, the kings
Coming and going with presents and things.

Now I have done with it, down let it go!
All in a moment the town is laid low.
Block upon block lying scattered and free,
What is there left of my town by the sea?

Yet as I saw it, I see it again,
The kirk and the palace, the ships and the men,
And as long as I live and where’er I may be,
I’ll always remember my town by the sea.

A Child’s Garden of Verses (1885)

Robert Louis Stevenson, (1850–1894).