Hi everyone. Welcome to the NiHao NoVA playgroup. The NiHao NoVA playgroup was conceived as a playgroup for parents with kids roughly between the toddler years through pre-K-ish, living in (or around) Arlington Virginia, who want to give their kids a chance to learn Chinese, and play/interact with other Chinese-speaking kids.
A small group of Chinese-speaking parents from one of the Arlington parents forums had started this idea up in March 2011. Currently, we meet monthly for a storytime.
The playgroups are generally participant-planned and managed in the weeks prior to the session, including hosting locations & developing the program. Generally, there are three roles to be staffed for each play session--the Coordinator, the Host, and the Playgroup Lead. Given the short attention span of our "audience," the program is simple--roughly thirty minutes of structured Chinese-speaking interaction (participant-created & led), and another thirty minutes of open-play time. The structured portion can be anything from teaching songs (if you happen to know any Chinese kids songs!), playing simple games, going through vocabulary flashcards (so fun!)...whatever us creative & energetic parents can think of.
If interest continues to grow beyond the size that a single playgroup can manage (general guidelines have suggested playgroups work well up to 8-10 kids), we can simply let the participants organize themselves into "Play Pods," with different session schedules. If the group is "wildly successful," perhaps there could be a need to add more structure...but let's not get ahead of ourselves here.
If you are new to this group, welcome to our Meetup site. I hope you take the chance to participate in one of the playgroups!
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