Jan 11, 2018

AnjiPlayDate, week 2: Water engineering galore!

This week, the preschoolers were joined by a few older homeschool kids.  One of the things I love about Anji Play is that the open-ended materials work equally well for people of all ages.  Older kids play differently with the materials than younger kids do, but it's fascinating to see them play side-by-side.  Here's a video of some water play that happened this week:
 
 I love how you can see him making different discoveries as he improves the design and watching how the kids interact together is fascinating to me.

We also brought in an old overhead projector this week inspired by Bakers & Astronauts.
The kids were doing early explorations with it -- putting objects on the screen, layering them, moving the projection higher and lower on the wall.  We did need to remove some pieces from the top of the lamp when it began getting hot.  Looking forward to seeing this progress next week!
 May you find a different perspective that brings you joy this week!


Please note: "Anji Play,” refers to a specific philosophy and approach to early education developed by Ms. Cheng Xueqin in Anji County, China. I use the term "Anji Play" to describe my programming and throughout this blog with the explicit permission of Ms. Cheng and AnjiPlay World LLC because this programming has been developed as part of a close collaborative relationship. If you are interested in learning more about how you can bring Anji Play to your institution, please feel free to contact Jesse Coffino at jesse@anjiplay.com

Jan 3, 2018

Hello again....

I normally make it a policy not to apologize for long absences on a blog, but... this was a very long --unintentionally long -- absence and I'm at that point where I need to post SOMETHING or I'll never get past the mental block of "I will never catch up."

Readers, I will never be able to catch up enough to share all of the great things that happened in AnjiPlayDate programs last fall and I regret that.  But, like the photo above, I feel like I've been balancing a lot of things as I continue to refine my program structure and I need time to make sure I'm doing it carefully and doing it well.

I had the amazing opportunity to return to China for a second visit to the schools of Anji County last October.  I learned so much on this trip -- a deeper understanding of the role of Play Sharing time, more opportunities to witness video analysis (where teachers show videos of children playing and talk about what's going on in the videos), and so many other things -- from nitty gritty how-to details to bigger picture philosophy discussions. I can't believe that I've been neck-deep in this educational approach for almost two years now and still find myself feeling like an utter novice, learning the most basic things and getting surprised with huge a-ha moments all the time.

For today, let's do something easy to get me back into the swing of blogging.  How about some photos from my trip?






 One thing I tried to pay closer attention to on this trip was the way the teachers observed the kids.




  
And my librarian heart thrilled to see some of the incredible reading environments the schools have crafted for the students.





Deep breaths everyone.  It's time to leap into a new year!


Note: "Anji Play,” refers to a specific philosophy and approach to early education developed by Ms. Cheng Xueqin in Anji County, China. I use the term "Anji Play" to describe my programming and throughout this blog with the explicit permission of Ms. Cheng and AnjiPlay World LLC because this programming has been developed as part of a close collaborative relationship. If you are interested in learning more about how you can bring Anji Play to your institution, please feel free to contact Jesse Coffino at jesse@anjiplay.com


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