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17 DECEMBER 2014

Remembering childhood and the nostalgia of home

"Quand on grandit on decouvre que les endroits et les objets qu'on connaissait avant sont beaucoup plus petit que dans notre souvenir.

Запах бабушкиного борща возвращает память в далекое счастливое детство."

(Natalia Chernysheva)

Natalia Chernysheva (2013). "Le retour" (The Return). Produced as student of the La Poudrière course at école du film d'animation.

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2013 • accordion music • allegoryanimated short film • borscht • broth • buschildhood memorieschilds perspectivefamilyfemale protagonist • French animation • granddaughter • grandmother • growing uphand-illustratedhand-painted stop motion animation • homecoming • illustrative stylein perspective • International Animated Film Festival KROK • kiss • La Poudriere • Le retour (2013) • memory and nostalgia • Natalia Chernysheva • one minute film • poignant memories • returning homerural liferusticsmellsoupstudent films • yearning for past times • young girl

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Simon Perkins
17 NOVEMBER 2014

Mapping the geography of childhood playscapes

"In 1972, the British–born geography student Roger Hart settled on an unusual project for his dissertation. He moved to a rural New England town and, for two years, tracked the movements of 86 children in the local elementary school, to create what he called a 'geography of children,' including actual maps that would show where and how far the children typically roamed away from home. Usually research on children is conducted by interviewing parents, but Hart decided he would go straight to the source. The principal of the school lent him a room, which became known as 'Roger's room,' and he slowly got to know the children. Hart asked them questions about where they went each day and how they felt about those places, but mostly he just wandered around with them. Even now, as a father and a settled academic, Hart has a dreamy, puckish air. Children were comfortable with him and loved to share their moments of pride, their secrets. Often they took him to places adults had never seen before–playhouses or forts the kids had made just for themselves.

Hart's methodology was novel, but he didn't think he was recording anything radical. Many of his observations must have seemed mundane at the time. For example: 'I was struck by the large amount of time children spend modifying the landscape in order to make places for themselves and for their play.' But reading his dissertation today feels like coming upon a lost civilization, a child culture with its own ways of playing and thinking and feeling that seems utterly foreign now. The children spent immense amounts of time on their own, creating imaginary landscapes their parents sometimes knew nothing about. The parents played no role in their coming together–'it is through cycling around that the older boys chance to fall into games with each other,' Hart observed. The forts they built were not praised and cooed over by their parents, because their parents almost never saw them.

Through his maps, Hart discovered broad patterns: between second and third grade, for instance, the children's 'free range'–the distance they were allowed to travel away from home without checking in first–tended to expand significantly, because they were permitted to ride bikes alone to a friend's house or to a ball field. By fifth grade, the boys especially gained a 'dramatic new freedom' and could go pretty much wherever they wanted without checking in at all. (The girls were more restricted because they often helped their mothers with chores or errands, or stayed behind to look after younger siblings.) To the children, each little addition to their free range–being allowed to cross a paved road, or go to the center of town–was a sign of growing up. The kids took special pride, Hart noted, in 'knowing how to get places,' and in finding shortcuts that adults wouldn't normally use."

(Hanna Rosin, April 2014, The Atlantic)

Roger Hart (1979). "Children's Experience of Place", Irvington.

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1972 • ad-hoc geographies • alone but not lonely • being allowed • childhood agency • creating imaginary landscapes • dissertation project • elementary school • environmental psychology • environments for children • fifth grade • free range playgrowing upHanna Rosin • how children learn • how children play • kid-oriented experienceslearning by doing • making places • modifying landscape • New England • observation (data collection) • open spacesopen-ended play spaces • overprotection • patterns of usepersonal autonomypersonal freedompersonal responsibility • places for children • play fort • playhouses • playscapes • riding bikes • risk-taking • Roger Hart • route mapscriptible spaces • second grade • smooth phenomenal spacesocial constructionismsocial geographysocial researchspaces for childrenthird gradeurban mapping

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Simon Perkins
14 MARCH 2009

Charlie bit my finger

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2007 • accidental fame • baby • bite • boysbrotherscandid shotcandid video • Charlie Bit Me (2007) • Charlie Bit My Finger (2007) • Charlie Davies-Carr • childchildhood innocencechildrendigital youthfame • famous • finger • finger-biting • giggle • growing up • Harry Davies-Carr • home video • Howard Davies-Carr • hurt • Internet mememememouth • ouch • painpainful experiencessiblings • that really hurt • user-generated contentvideo sharingviral videoyoung childYouTube

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Simon Perkins
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