by Lotus Bloom Social Media Intern, Evan Quan
Evan Quan is a sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley, pursuing a degree in Cognitive Science and Data Science. Evan has a demonstrated commitment to empowering and encouraging young people in counseling, STEM, and learning contexts. This commitment led him to the opportunity to staff a position of Social Media Intern at Lotus Bloom in the summer of 2020.
Over the course of his internship, Evan worked closely with content of Lotus Bloom's soon to be published Playgroup Curriculum. In the culminating project of the Social Media Internship, Evan introduces core learnings about the power of play and the invaluable role of care givers in supporting children's learning and fulfillment. Evan draws upon his own experiences working with youth to translate Lotus Bloom's evidence-based practices for a fresh and encouraging take on early childhood education and child development.
When we think of play, it can be imagined as a chaotic free for all--children yelling, cardboard and crayons strewn everywhere, a scene most families are already used to. However, with the support of caregivers and parents, play can be so much more than chaos! Play is a way to empower and develop young children. From ages 0-5 and even beyond that, play is the primary way children are able to learn mentally, physically, and emotionally. When supported, play can foster an environment where children are able to cooperate and create together, turning something routine and boring like math into an exciting project to tackle.