In the preschools of Anji, China, children lead their own play and self-expression. They choose what, where and with whom to play. Self-determination in play, ownership of discovery, learning through play, and the time and freedom to express complex thoughts, ideas and intentions through their play is what Ms. Cheng refers to as “True Play”. It is this type of learning by doing, by creating, by building, by reflecting and by sharing, without interference by adults, that excited One City about implementing Anji Play in its schools.
Also, in Anji schools, teachers, parents and grandparents support the growth and reflection that takes place in the classroom and bring their inter-generational and inter-cultural experiences of play to the design of materials and environments both in school and in the community at large.
The concept of “One City” supporting the freedom of its children to play, learn and experience joy independently and with their friends should be the capstone of every childhood. It will be for children at One City.